Here are some holiday book reviews. I will be updating them every few days. To start it off I give you “Tales from The Philadelphia Eagles Sideline”. Golden Forbes is the author and Sports Publishing did a nice job of producing a well put together tome.
This book is great for the younger Eagles fans who want to dig in and learn about legends like Chuck Bednarik, Steve Van Buren, Norm Van Brocklin and Reggie White to name a few.
The player profiles are well done and fans can read a few a day. Jason Peters and Carson Wentz are in this updated version. Eagles fans will like this book for sure, except the Chip Kelly profile. But he’s a part of their history.
“So You Think You’re a Philadelphia Eagles Fan?” is my second review. Same publisher, Skip Clayton is the author. Merrill Reese wrote the foreword which is a good way to start off an Eagles book. Skip is an all-timer around Philadelphia. He’s a wealth of knowledge and it shows in this re-release.
I love the quizzes. Readers really like them. They go from starter to Hall of Fame level. That’s a lost art in today’s online world.
This book has some cringe worthy moments like a mention of DeMarco Murray and Eric Allen. Oh wait, that’s my New York Jets fandom kicking in.
The Stupidest Sports Book of All Time delivers! It really does a great job of entertaining the reader on a lot of levels. The Chris Webber timeout is listed and in my mind, that’s still the dumbest play in the sports history. Raiders coach, Lane Kiffin asking Sebastian Janikowski to attempt a 76-yard field goal was pretty dumb.
The NHL gets credited with the playoff beard. Players have really embraced that over the years especially Joe Thornton. I love the excuses section. A cricket team once blamed tight shorts on their failure to win! They also address old rules in sports. In the 1800’s soccer players weren’t penalized for fouls. Why? Gentleman players would never deliberately foul. LOL. Nice job by Kathryn and Ross Petras and Workman Publishing Co.
The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2018 has everything from Presidential Approval ratings graphs to sports facts. It recaps the 2017 MLB playoffs and World Series. It has the updated members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Pittsburgh Penguins back-to-back Cup wins are listed. The dreaded “Presidents’ Trophy” winner is in there. It lists boxing champ by class, figure skating champs, marathoners, college sports and Olympics. This is the ultimate reference guide. This is the 150th anniversary edition. Great job by World Almanac books and author Sarah Janssen.