“This is a ‘PERFECT GAME’ for the reader.” —Lee Thomas, Former Major Leaguer and All Star, now Special Assistant to the General Manager of the Baltimore Orioles
Jim Smith spent forty years on ballfields and courts all over the Mid-Atlantic. He called blocks and charges, balls and strikes, assigned hundreds of officials, and enhanced the stature of sports officiating wherever he worked. Here he shares his decades of blessings and bruises, both real and metaphoric, in a humorous, fast-paced record of his umpiring life. For those on the periphery of baseball and for those with plenty of dust on their own cleats, these stories will make readers laugh and rethink the umpire’s role. Smith offers an inside look at the colorful characters that coach, umpire, and criticize in the world of baseball. Just sweep off the plate and find what’s beneath.
“The Big One is to competitive fishing what Friday Night Lights was to high school football.” —News & Record (Greensboro) A Forbes Best Sports Book of the Year Published to rave reviews in hardcover and purchased by DreamWorks in a major film deal, The Big One is a spellbinding and richly atmospheric work by a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist. Here is the story of a community—Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts—and a sporting event—the island’s legendary Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby—that is rendered with the same depth, color, and emotional power of the best fiction. Among the characters, we meet: Dick Hathaway, a crotchety legend who once caught a bluefish from a helicopter and was ultimately banned for cheating; Janet Messineo, a recovering alcoholic who says that striped bass saved her life; Buddy Vanderhoop, a boastful Native American charter captain who guides celebrity anglers like Keith Richards and Spike Lee; and Wyatt Jenkinson, a nine-year-old fishing fanatic whose mother is battling brain cancer. At the center of it all is five-time winner Lev Wlodyka, a cagey local whose next fish will spark a storm of controversy and throw the tournament into turmoil. “The Big One is a rollicking true story of a grand American obsession. You don’t have to be a fisherman to relish David Kinney’s marvelous account of the annual striper madness on Martha’s Vineyard, or his unforgettable portraits of the possessed. It’s a fine piece of journalism, rich with color and suspense.” —Carl Hiaasen, New York Times–bestselling author
While working on his wrestling Documentary The Young and The Wrestlers David Farrell had an idea for a story about a professional wrestler named Hunter. Instead of writing it himself (like all writers do!) he decided to pay anonymous ghostwriters on the internet to cobble together the tale.
What could go wrong? Only everything...This book is for fans of the written word and the downright absurd. It's for lovers of dramatic themes, who don't mind a professional wrestling dream. It's for those who might enjoy some prose or a punch to the nose!
'It's so bad it's good. Like My Dad Wrote a Pornobut with Wrestling.'Come on a writing experiment into the unknown and discover for yourself whether three ghostwriters are better than one. You'll love Dropping the Belt by Australian Author David Farrell.
“This book has all the answers for the running newbie . . . Laugh with [Field], lace up your shoes and head out the door.” —Canadian Running
Is there a large ass-shaped dent in your sofa? A gym membership burning a hole in your bank account? Does the sight of your wobbly thighs leave you cowering under a blanket?
Straight-talking, funny, and brutally honest, Get Off Your Ass and Run! will give you—yes, you—the push you need to get out of the door, up and running, and shedding pounds in no time.
Hate running? No worries. Get Off Your Ass and Run! provides all the tools you need to transform that passion into real motivation. In just six easy steps, you will:
• Locate your long-lost energy and get moving
• Follow a simple and completely foolproof beginner’s program
• Learn to fuel your new running habit with the right foods
• Take control of your life!
If you want to lose weight, get fit, and embrace a completely new way of being, there’s only one thing left to do . . . RUN!
“Get Off Your Ass and Run! is like having your best friend tell you to get real.” —Kara Goucher, Olympic Distance Runner and author of Kara Goucher’s Running for Women
“If you need a fresh dose of incentive to get out (or back out) on the road, The Grit Doctor offers up a program of no-nonsense common sense laced with brutal honesty.” —Mina Samuels, author of Run Like a Girl
Track Your ProgressBuild Muscle. Stay Lean. Get Stronger. A Daily Food and Exercise Journal to Track your Fitness Goals is the perfect companion journal and activity tracker for healthy cookbooks like The Shredded Chef and The Ultimate Bodybuilding Cookbook.Track Diet and Exercise in One Place: Put all of your fitness information in a journal that is just the right size—big enough for all of the day’s details but small enough to take with you to the gym or the grocery store. Like helpful all-in-one fitness trackers such as Hello New Me, Build Muscle. Stay Lean. Get Stronger. is a combination meal planner, food tracker, and workout journal—and this one can easily fit in your gym bag.A Dedicated Journal for Transforming Your Body: Build Muscle. Stay Lean. Get Stronger. is the only tracker fully dedicated to gaining healthy muscle weight while managing your macros and exercise routine. Simple, informative, clear and easy to use, this all-in-one journal will help get you started on your new life.Using Build Muscle. Stay Lean. Get Stronger , you’ll be able to keep up with what you’ve eaten, when you ate it, and how it improved your body. Once you get started, you’ll be able to:Master macrosRecord your meals—breakfast, lunch, dinner, water intake, and snacksProgress your overall healthTrack your muscle growthIt’s the perfect companion to Michael Matthews’s Bigger, Leaner, Stronger and Thinner, Leaner, Stronger.
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