This week's topic:
In honour of the end of the Olympics, share your favourite sports book.
(*crickets chirping*) Um... (*gears grinding and the smell of smoke in the air*). Yeah, I have no clue. I'm a super big fan of inspirational sports movies, but sports books? Not so much. I read a biography of Sidney Crosby one time, and it was pretty good, but mostly because it was about Sidney Flipping Crosby. I mostly read it for the Awww moments and the really pretty glossy pictures. So, long story short, the best answer I could come up with for this topic was:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Say what? Come on. I'm sure you've heard about the recent surge of interest in archery following the release of The Hunger Games movie in theatres. Let's have a look at some of the sports and sort-of-sports in the book and/or movie:
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As already mentioned, archery played a role in the book and the movie version of HG. Katniss has some pretty sweet bow skills (now she just needs to buff up on her bow staff and nunchuck skills and she'll be a triple threat).
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Looky what we have here. Is that a spear I see before me? Isn't spear-throwing sorta kinda like javelin? And javelin's definitely a sport, so can't we call this a sport too?
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And then there's the running. Lots and lots of running.
If we wanted to, we could even call Foxface's little hop, skip, and jump routine over the land mines kind of like triple jump. Of course, in all of these cases the stakes were a heck of a lot higher than a mere medal count, making one's nation proud, or whether or not the victor would get to run laps donning his/her nation's flag like a cape. So I guess that takes it out of the realm of sport and into survival, but hey, I did my best.
Do you have any favourite sports books? Care to share?