Kardashians in Jock Straps: Why Sports Books Strike Out
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Once upon a time, sports books were revelatory. They told inside stories of competitive greatness, with a little bit of humor, sociology and male bonding thrown in.
Today, most sports books are a disaster, devoted to self-justification, special pleading and settling scores.
Athletes once were sportsmen and sportswomen. Today, they've turned into entertainment figures -- Kardashians in jock straps, if you will. And who really needs to read a book about that?
I love sports books so much that I once posted a list of seventy great ones on Amazon (why, I don't know). But today, I'm finding neither greatness nor goodness in most of the sports books I encounter. The two latest embarrassments: They Call Me God: The Greatest Umpire of All Time, by Doug Harvey with Peter Golenbeck, who surely should have known better, and You Heard Me, by ESPN broadcaster Colin Cowherd, who clearly did not.
Harvey was the greatest baseball umpire of all time; if you don't believe it, just ask him and he
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