Where did Ronaldo learn his signature shuffle? Who first developed the Brazilian style? And why are Italian fans called tifosi? Get ready for World Cup fever by reading Who Invented the Bicycle Kick?: Soccer’s Greatest Legends and Lore (Wm. Morrow, $14.99),by Paul Simpson and Uli Hesse. This compact book, packed with trivia, will regale you with everything you always wanted to know—and never knew you were missing—about the global history of soccer. Heroes and bad boys; personalities and hidden talents; unforgettable matches and unbelievable shots; original maneuvers and unusual nicknames; curses and streaks—it’s all in here.
Welcome to pro football in the '70s, the decade that made the NFL the supreme national sport with the advent of Monday Night Football and some truly exciting games. Author Kevin Cook takes us inside the era of immense steroid and amphetamine use, permissive drug and alcohol abuse, poor pay, and devastating brutality on and off the field. It was all part of the game. Told with great panache, a large dose of testosterone, an ear for pitch-black comedy and packed with shocking anecdotes, The Last Headbangers will leave you dizzy but thankfully concussion-free.
Fantasy Life is an easy-going, anthropological study of the Fantasy Sports phenomenon around the world. Team "owners" go to extreme lengths to ensure they draft on-time, enshrine those who win, and humiliate the losers all in the name of camaraderie, a good time, and love for the game. It's also a fascinating look at the sense of community Fantasy Sports foster, and how they keep friends both near and far together. Fantasy Sports is no casual commitment and the stories told in Fantasy Life are hilarious, heartfelt, and chockfull of the extraordinary passion the participants bring to it.