I love reading books. When I was younger, you could find me reading every second of the day. All. Day. Everyday. My second home was the library. I'd be there everyday after school and I've probably read half of the young adult inventory, lol...

"Between the pages of a book is a wonderful place to be."
- Anonymous

Sadly, nowadays I don't have nearly enough time to read as I once did. But every now and then, I still like to read a good book, particularly one in the sports journalism category. I love watching sports and reading about it as well opens up a whole new perspective, areas most people don't even think about while just watching a game on TV.

"If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again there is no use in reading it at all."
- Oscar Wilde

Over the past 2 years, (yes, that's how long it took me to read a few books when I use to accomplish that in a month, sigh...) I've come across a few sports journalism books that I think if anyone is a sports fan like I am, are worth a read. Not only are they entertaining, but I've learned so much about the complexity of the sports world and just how intricate it can be.

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."  - Dr. Seuss 

My Prison Without Bars - Pete Rose
Now if you know about sports, you know about Pete Rose and how he infamously gambled on baseball while he was a manager and allegedly as a player too. I love how candidly he tells his story and talks about his dealings with oppositional defiant disorder, his life behind bars, figuratively and literally, feeling like his everyday life was a prison. It's really interesting to read his point of view and his feelings of the times in his life when he was a respected ballplayer to his fall from grace.

Colin Cowherd is by far my favorite sports media personality. I've been a long time fan of his radio show "The Herd with Colin Cowherd"  on Fox Sports 1. His knowledge and the way he thinks about sports is unlike no one else in the sports world that I've come across. I'll just insert the synopsis of the book here because it couldn't have been said anymore perfectly:

"In his no-holds-barred, unapologetically controversial voice, New York Times bestselling author and ESPN (Note: Colin Cowherd now works for Fox Sports)  show host Colin Cowherd gives an insider’s look into all things sports, including behind-the-scenes scandals, inter-team rivalries, and players’ lives on and off the field.

There’s a lot you don’t see or hear sitting high up in the stands. But Colin Cowherd knows what really goes on—and he’s not afraid to share the vivid details of everything we don’t see on ESPN. From hotel parties for athletes and other industry professionals, to gossip from the road between games, to what happens at ESPN behind closed doors, Cowherd draws on personal experiences to offer you an exclusive look into the rarefied, outrageous, ego-stuffed sphere of the professional sports world.

If you want honest, unvarnished opinions on current sports rivalries, scandals, and statistics, it’s all in Raw—from one of America’s most outspoken sports broadcasters on air today."  (Source: Amazon)

....Couldn't have said it better myself.

You Herd Me! I'll Say It If Nobody Else Will - Colin Cowherd
You Herd Me was Colin Cowherd's first book and just like Raw, he gives an interesting and witty look into another side of sports.

There are really two games, the one you see and the one you don't. The way I see it, the best way to use access to both worlds is to illuminate and reveal, not idolize and adore. It's better to be wrong than to be played for a fool. – Colin Cowherd  (Source: Amazon)

Take Your Eye Off Ball 2.0 - Pat Kirwan
I once read a stat that a little more than half of the people that watch football, do not fully understand the sport. I love this book because it goes deeper than actually watching the game, but goes in depth into why plays are made and the thought and strategy that goes into formation.

The Matheny Manifesto - Mike Matheny
In his book, Mike Matheny talks about his old school approach to managing new school baseball players. He explains to the reader how to win in sports and in life and his "tough love philosophy." I would highly recommend this book to any big baseball fans.

"You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost of friend" - Paul Sweeney

Do you have any favorite books in general, or have you read any of the books above? Let me know!


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