Why should non-sports fans read sports books?

Of all the people on this podcast, I (Aaron) am the least interested in sports. Hockey, baseball, football, curling, lacrosse, lawn darts… none of it. But in a recent effort to try a new genre, I downloaded a sports book. On this episode we talk about that experience and more. Listen to hear:

  • How a non-sports fan can enjoy sports books
  • Why Aaron is the worst Canadian ever because he doesn’t care about hockey
  • What Aaron liked (and didn’t) about Gretzky’s hockey book
  • What’s similar about Michael Jordan and Steve Jobs
  • The proper way to pronounce “toque”

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Here are a few of the books we discussed on today’s episode:

  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B000RH0C8G” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”strongarm-20″]Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game[/easyazon_link] by Michael Lewis
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0399575472″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”strongarm-20″]99: Stories of the Game[/easyazon_link] by Wayne Gretzky
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0684847957″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”strongarm-20″]Wait Till Next Year – A Memoir[/easyazon_link] by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0143125478″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”strongarm-20″]The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics[/easyazon_link] by Daniel James Brown
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0449005615″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”strongarm-20″]Seabiscuit: An American Legend[/easyazon_link] by Laura Hillenbrand
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0345520106″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”strongarm-20″]The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy[/easyazon_link] by Bill Simmons
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”150116077X” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”strongarm-20″]Beartown: A Novel[/easyazon_link] by Fredrik Backman
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B07J2M52BH” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”strongarm-20″]Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream[/easyazon_link] by H.G. Bissinger
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0060883960″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”strongarm-20″]The Boys of Summer[/easyazon_link] by Roger Kahn
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”031619476X” locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”strongarm-20″]Michael Jordan: The Life[/easyazon_link] by Roland Lazenby
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”1592401864″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”strongarm-20″]The Miracle of St. Anthony: A Season with Coach Bob Hurley and Basketball’s Most Improbable Dynasty[/easyazon_link] by AdrianWojnarowski
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0060854049″ locale=”US” nw=”y” tag=”strongarm-20″]The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O’Neil’s America[/easyazon_link] by Joe Posnanski

Shortly after this episode, Aaron went to McKay’s, a terrific used bookstore in Nashville, and found a few of the books we talked about to start reading. Check it out:

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