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Denne bog, skrevet af en dansk bjergbestiger, beretter om menneskets utrættelige stræben efter at komme til tops. Onsdag den 14. december 2005 kl. 22.30 nåede den danske bjergbestiger Søren Gudmann toppen af bjerget Vinson på Antarktis. Det var 193 dage efter at han havde stået på toppen af Mount Everest i Himalaya. På godt seks måneder havde han besteget det højeste bjerg på hvert af jordens syv kontinenter. Og var dermed blevet den første dansker, der havde taget de syv tinder. Med en stålsat vilje og ukueligt mod nåede Søren Gudmann det, som andre kun tør drømme om. Og tilmed hurtigere end nogen anden i verden før ham. Troede han. For når man er oppe i de højere luftlag, er det sjældent, at tingene går helt efter bogen.'Topfeber' er en ligefrem og rå beretning om én mands ensomme kamp mod bjergene og de op- og nedture, der hører med. Bogen fortæller om at overskride de menneskelige begrænsninger og turde gå efter sine drømme. Og om hvad der kræves for at nå sine mål, selv når de er høje eller ligger helt ude i horisonten.Søren Gudmann (født 26. november 1961) er bjergbestiger og civilingeniør. Han er også medlem af 'De berejstes klub'.
Peter Sagal, the host of NPR's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! and a popular columnist for Runner's World, shares lessons, stories, advice, and warnings gleaned from running the equivalent of once around the earth.At the verge of turning forty, Peter Sagalbrainiac Harvard grad, short bald Jew with a disposition towards heft, and a sedentary star of public radiostarted running seriously. And much to his own surprise, he kept going, faster and further, running fourteen marathons and logging tens of thousands of miles on roads, sidewalks, paths, and trails all over the United States and the world, including the 2013 Boston Marathon, where he crossed the finish line moments before the bombings. In this new book, Sagal reflects on the trails, tracks, and routes he's traveled, from the humorous absurdity of running charity races in his underwearin St. Louis, in Februaryor attempting to ';quiet his colon' on runs around his neighborhoodto the experience of running as a guide to visually impaired runners, and the triumphant post-bombing running of the Boston Marathon in 2014. With humor and humanity, Sagal also writes about the emotional experience of running, body image, the similarities between endurance sports and sadomasochism, the legacy of running as passed down from parent to child, and the odd but extraordinary bonds created between strangers and friends. The result is a funny, wise, and powerful meditation about running and life that will appeal to readers everywhere.
Former NFL general manager and three-time Super Bowl winner Michael Lombardi reveals what makes football organizations tick at the championship level. From personnel to practice to game-day decisions that win titles, Lombardi shares what he learned working with coaching legends Bill Walsh of the 49ers, Al Davis of the Raiders, and Bill Belichick of the Patriots, among others, during his three decades in football.Why do some NFL franchises dominate year after year while others can never crack the code of success? For 30 years Michael Lombardi had a front-row seat and full access as three titans--Bill Walsh, Al Davis, and Bill Belichick--reinvented the game, turning it into a national obsession while piling up Super Bowl trophies. Now, in Gridiron Genius, Lombardi provides the blueprint that makes a successful organization click and win--and the mistakes unsuccessful organizations make that keep them on the losing side time and again. In reality, very few coaches understand the philosophies, attention to detail, and massive commitment that defined NFL juggernauts like the 49ers and the Patriots. The best organizations are not just employing players, they are building something bigger. Gridiron Genius will explain how the best leaders evaluate, acquire, and utilize personnel in ways other professional minds, football and otherwise, won't even contemplate. How do you know when to trade a player? How do you create a positive atmosphere when everyone is out to maximize his own paycheck? And why is the tight end like the knight on a chessboard? To some, game planning consists only of designing an attack for the next opponent. But Lombardi explains how the smartest leaders script everything: from an afternoon's special-teams practice to a season's playoff run to a decade-long organizational blueprint. Readers will delight in the Lombardi tour of an NFL weekend, including what really goes on during the game on and off the field and inside the headset. First stop: Belichick's Saturday night staff meeting, where he announces how the game will go the next day. Spoiler alert: He always nails it. Football dynasties are built through massive attention to detail and unwavering commitment. From how to build a team, to how to watch a game, to understanding the essential qualities of great leaders, Gridiron Genius gives football fans the knowledge to be the smartest person in the room every Sunday.
We may never see a playoff series like it again.Before Gary Bettman, and the lockouts. Before all the NHL's old barns were torn down to make way for bigger, glitzier rinks. Before expansion and parity across the league, just about anything could happen on the ice. And it often did. It was an era when huge personalities dominated the sport; and willpower was often enough to win games. And in the spring of 1993, some of the biggest talents and biggest personalities were on a collision course. The Cinderella Maple Leafs had somehow beaten the mighty Red Wings and then, just as improbably, the St. Louis Blues. Wayne Gretzky's Kings had just torn through the Flames and the Canucks. When they faced each other in the conference final, the result would be a series that fans still talk about passionately 25 years later. Taking us back to that feverish spring, The Last Good Year gives an intimate account not just of an era-defining seven games, but of what the series meant to the men who were changed by it: Marty McSorley, the tough guy who took his whole team on his shoulders; Doug Gilmour, the emerging superstar; celebrity owner Bruce McNall; Bill Berg, who went from unknown to famous when the Leafs claimed him on waivers; Kelly Hrudey, the Kings' goalie who would go on to become a Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster; Kerry Fraser, who would become the game's most infamous referee; and two very different captains, Toronto's bull in a china shop, Wendel Clark, and the immortal Wayne Gretzky. Fast-paced, authoritative, and galvanized by the same love of the game that made the series so unforgettable, The Last Good Year is a glorious testament to a moment hockey fans will never forget.
Sean McIndoe of Down Goes Brown, one of hockey's favourite and funniest writers, takes aim at the game's most memorable moments--especially if they're memorable for the wrong reasons--in this warts-and-all history of the NHL.The NHL is, indisputably, weird. One moment, you're in awe of the speed, skill and intensity that define the sport, shaking your head as a player makes an impossible play, or shatters a longstanding record, or sobs into his first Stanley Cup. The next, everyone's wearing earmuffs, Mr. Rogers has shown up, and guys in yellow raincoats are officiating playoff games while everyone tries to figure out where the league president went. That's just life in the NHL, a league that often can't seem to get out of its own way. No matter how long you've been a hockey fan, you know that sinking feeling that maybe, just maybe, some of the people in charge here don't actually know what they're doing. And at some point, you've probably wondered: Has it always been this way? The short answer is yes. As for the longer answer, well, that's this book. In this fun, irreverent and fact-filled history, Sean McIndoe relates the flip side to the National Hockey League's storied past. His obsessively detailed memory combines with his keen sense for the absurdities that make you shake your head at the league and yet fanatically love the game, allowing you to laugh even when your team is the butt of the joke (and as a life-long Leafs fan, McIndoe takes the brunt of some of his own best zingers). The "e;Down Goes Brown"e; History of the NHL is the weird and wonderful league's story told as only Sean McIndoe can.
Ex-NFL player, gentleman scholar, and Fox Sports personality Marcellus Wiley sucks you into a world of inner-city violence, Ivy League intrigue, and pro-football escapades that's one part touching, one part hilarious, and all parts impossible to put down.Marcellus Wiley has never had a problem expressing his opinion, whether it was growing up in Compton with a football tucked under his arm, or going to college at Columbia University, where he learned to survive Advanced Calculus and self-important pseudo-intellectuals. Or making it to the NFL against all odds, where he put together a ten-year career of massive paydays, massive painkillers, and massive sacks of everyone from Steve Young to Peyton Manning.Now, in Never Shut Up, Fox Sports' hottest rising persona doesn't hold back as he goes off on everything that's controversial with the game today, from concussions to political protests to inherent violence that's worse than the hood he grew up in. Not because he hates football, but because he wants to save it.Marcellus has never held back, even when a lot of people wanted him to. Now, he's letting it all hang out--right there on each page. Way more than just another book about the latest NFL scandals, this warm, moving, and genuinely funny story of awkward transitions, family loyalty, fame, fortune, and failure will make you fall in love with Marcellus--and football--all over again. In Never Shut Up, Marcellus will take you on a truly unique journey from Crenshaw to Broadway to the Buffalo Bills and back again, sometimes making you laugh, sometimes making you cry, but always leaving you entertained.
From acclaimed New York Times Magazine author Michael Sokolove, the astonishing inside story of the epic corruption scandal that has rocked the NCAA and exposed the rot and hypocrisy at the heart of big-time college sports.At a lavish annual event in late August 2017, the University of Louisville athletic director, who made more than $5 million in compensation in 2016, announced an extension of his school's sponsorship deal with Adidas: $160 million for another 10 years. The invitees were city's gentry - horse breeders, bourbon distillers, partners at big law firms, the state's governor, Matt Bevin, and its most powerful politician, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. One month later, the FBI revealed that it had reached the endgame of a sprawling investigation of large-scale corruption involving Adidas, Louisville and a host of other colleges, in which large payments were laundered from Adidas through a network of coaches and fixers to athletes and their families to induce them to go to Adidas-branded college programs. In short order, Hall of Fame basketball coach Rick Pitino (salary: $8 million) and athletic director Tom Jurich were fired, and fear and trembling swept through the world of bigtime college athletics. Because there is another shoe, as it were, and it will fall.In THE LAST TEMPTATION OF RICK PITINO, Michael Sokolove lifts the rug on the Louisville scandal and places it in the context of the much wider problem, the farce of amateurism in bigtime college sports. In a world in which even assistant coaches can make high-six and seven-figure salaries, as long as they keep the "e;elite"e; athletes coming in, shoe deals can reach into the nine figures, and everyone is getting rich but the players, can it be surprising that unscrupulous parties would pay athletes, creating in effect a black market in young men, a veritable underground railroad of talent? But a few bad apples are one thing. In THE LAST TEMPTATION OF RICK PITINO, Michael Sokolove shows an elaborate, systematic machine, involving hundreds of thousands of dollars in illicit payments and connecting at least one of the largest apparel companies in the world with schools across the country. The Louisville-Adidas scandal has revealed a web of conspiracy whose scope has shaken big-time college sports to its core, delivering a devastating blow to the fantasy of amateurism, of "e;scholar athletes."e; A Shakespearean drama of greed and desperation involving some of the biggest characters in the arena of sports, THE LAST TEMPTATION OF RICK PITINO will be the definitive chronicle of this scandal and its broader echoes.
Out of the greatest dynasty in American professional sports history, an intimate story of race, mortality, and regretAbout to turn ninety, Bob Cousy, the Hall of Fame Boston Celtics captain who led the team to its first six championships on an unparalleled run, has much to look back on in contentment. But he has one last piece of unfinished business. The last pass he hopes to throw is to close the circle with his great partner on those Celtic teams, fellow Hall of Famer Bill Russell, now 84. These teammates were basketball's Ruth and Gehrig, and Cooz, as everyone calls him, was famously ahead of his time as an NBA player in terms of race and civil rights. But as the decades passed, Cousy blamed himself for not having done enough, for not having understood the depth of prejudice Russell faced as an African-American star in a city with a fraught history regarding race. Cousy wishes he had defended Russell publicly, and that he had told him privately that he had his back. At this late hour, he confided to acclaimed historian Gary Pomerantz over the course of many interviews, he would like to make amends. At the heart of the story THE LAST PASS tells is the relationship between these two iconic athletes. The book is also in a way Bob Cousy's last testament on his complex and fascinating life. As a sports story alone it has few parallels: An poor kid whose immigrant French parents suffered a dysfunctional marriage, the young Cousy escaped to the New York City playgrounds, where he became an urban legend known as the Houdini of the Hardwood. The legend exploded nationally in 1950, his first year as a Celtic: he would be an all-star all 13 of his NBA seasons. But even as Cousy's on-court imagination and daring brought new attention to the pro game, the Celtics struggled until Coach Red Auerbach landed Russell in 1956. Cooz and Russ fit beautifully together on the court, and the Celtics dynasty was born. To Boston's white sportswriters it was Cousy's team, not Russell's, and as the civil rights movement took flight, and Russell became more publicly involved in it, there were some ugly repercussions in the community, more hurtful to Russell than Cousy feels he understood at the time. THE LAST PASS situates the Celtics dynasty against the full dramatic canvas of American life in the 50s and 60s. It is an enthralling portrait of the heart of this legendary team that throws open a window onto the wider world at a time of wrenching social change. Ultimately it is a book about the legacy of a life: what matters to us in the end, long after the arena lights have been turned off and we are alone with our memories.
TheNew York Timesbestseller!From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of This Town, an equally merciless probing of America's biggest cultural force, pro football, at a moment of peak success and high anxietyLike millions of Americans, Mark Leibovich has spent more of his life tuned into pro football than he'd care to admit. Being a lifelong New England Patriots fan meant growing up on a steady diet of lovable loserdom. That is, until the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era made the Pats the most ruthlessly efficient and polarizing sports dynasty of the modern NFL, and its fans the most irritating in all of Pigskin America. Leibovich kept his obsession quiet, making a nice career for himself covering that other playground for rich and overgrown children, American politics. Still, every now and then Leibovich would reach out to Tom Brady to gauge his willingness to subject himself to a profile. He figured that the chances of Brady agreeing were a Hail Mary at best, but Brady returned Mark's call in summer 2014 and kept on returning his calls through epic Patriots Super Bowl victory and defeat, and a scandal involving Brady--Deflategate--whose grip on sports media was as profound as its true significance was ridiculous. So began a four-year odyssey that took Mark Leibovich deeper inside the NFL than anyone has gone before. From the owners' meeting to the draft to the sidelines of crucial games, he takes in the show at the elbow of everyone from Brady to big-name owners to the cordially despised NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell. Ultimately, BIG GAME is a chronicle of "e;peak football"e;--the high point of the sport's economic success and cultural dominance, but also the time when the dark side began to show. It is an era of explosive revenue growth, but also one of creeping existential fear. Players have long joked that NFL stands for "e;not for long,"e; but as the true impact of concussions becomes inescapable background noise, it's increasingly difficult to enjoy the simple glory of football without the buzz-kill of its obvious consequences.And that was before Donald Trump. In 2016, Mark's day job caught up with him, and the NFL slammed headlong into America's culture wars. BIG GAME is a journey through an epic storm. Through it all, Leibovich always keeps one eye on Tom Brady and his beloved Patriots, through to the 2018 Super Bowl. Pro football, this hilarious and enthralling book proves, may not be the sport America needs, but it is most definitely the sport we deserve.
A sweeping and revelatory history of basketball, drawing upon hundreds of hours of interviews with the greatest players, coaches, executives, and journalists in the history of the game.In an effort to tell the complete story of basketball in all its fascinating dimensions, acclaimed authors Jackie Macmullan, Rafe Bartholomew and Dan Klores have compiled nearly a thousand hours' worth of interviews with a staggering number of basketball greats. They've talked to hundreds of legendary players, such as Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Magic Johnson, and spoken with renowned coaches, including Phil Jackson and Coach K, as well as numerous executives, commissioners, and journalists. Most impressive was the extraordinary quality of the interviews. Again and again, players spoke candidly about secrets and told stories they'd never before discussed on the record.The book that grew out of those interviews is an extraordinary project and quite possiblythe most ambitious basketball book ever written. At once a definitive oral history and something far more literary and intimate, this is the never-before-told story of how basketball came to be, and about what it means to those who've given their lives to the game.Read by James Fouhey,Jim Frangione,Sullivan Jones,Pete Larkin,January LaVoy, andCarol Monda
Hans Florine is a big-wall climbing legend in his own time. He holds the speed record on the Nose route of El Capitan, a 3,000-foot granite cliff in Yosemite Valley that's considered the Everest of the rock-climbing world. Ascending the Nose takes most climbers anywhere from twelve to ninety-six hours. Florine, along with climbing partner Alex Honnold, does it in an astounding two and a half hours.But Florine's story is not one of super-human athletic prowess; it's one of persistence and dogged determination. In thirty years of climbing, he's ascended the Nose a mind-blowing, death-defying 100 times, more than anyone else ever has, and most likely ever will. In On the Nose, Florine describes the most dangerous, pivotal, and inspirational of those climbs, providing a rare look inside the adrenaline-charged world of competitive climbing in Yosemite Valley. He tells of his very first attempt on the Nose, which ended in failure after fourteen hours, his friendships (and rivalries) with climbing's most colorful personalities, and his battle with Dean Potter to secure the definitive speed record on the Nose-an endeavor that's been called the wildest competition known to man.Perhaps most interestingly, Florine attempts to answer the question why. Why would anyone undertake one of the greatest adventure epics on earth 100 times? His answers provide unique insights on how to live a satisfying life, how to achieve big goals, and how an otherwise ordinary guy can become a rock star.
Männer können noch so alt sein. Sie wollen doch nur spielen. Nur werden die Autos mit der Zeit immer schneller, die Audio-Anlagen immer stärker und die eigentlich überflüssigen mechanischen Armbanduhren immer komplexer. Wer blickt da noch durch? Schickedanz schildert die verschiedenen Facetten männlichen Spieltriebs am Beispiel von Selbstversuchen. Etwa Kopf voran mit dem Schlitten im Eiskanal oder am Steuer eines allradgetriebenen Rallye-Boliden. Aber auch durch lebendige Gespräche mit Szene-Kennern wie Smudo, Willy Bogner, Helmut Sinn, Ivor Tiefenbrunn oder NASA-Astronaut Norman E. Thagard. "Männerspielsachen" blickt hinter die Testkulissen, stellt Protagonisten der Szene vor und berichtet über den vermutlich schnellsten Hörtest aller Zeiten in einem BMW M5 bei Tempo 300.Stefan Schickedanz, 1962 in Neu-Isenburg geboren, ist Journalist und Autor von Sachbüchern und Romanen. Schon früh entwickelte er ein Interesse für schnelle Fahrzeuge und ist mittlerweile alles gefahren, was schnell und ausgefallen ist. Für Fachmagazine wie Motor Klassik oder Sportauto veröffentlichte er zahlreiche Beiträge. Seine zweite Leidenschaft gehört der Beschäftigung mit dem Thema HiFi. Im Laufe der letzten 25 Jahre wurde er einer der meistbeschäftigten HiFi-Journalisten der Republik. Er startete als Redakteur bei der HiFi-Vision, arbeitet heute als freier Autor für die AUDIO, die STEREOPLAY und die VIDEO. Vor diesem Hintergrund wundert es nicht, dass er in seinen Werken einen sehr persönlichen Blick präsentiert und nicht nur von außen beschreibt, sondern stets mittendrin ist.
Idrottshistorien är full av hjältar och stora personligheter, men vad händer egentligen utanför arenans starka strålkastare? I krönikesamlingen "Den allvarliga leken" öppnas dörren till vad som pågår bakom kulisserna i idrottsvärlden. Journalisten och krönikören Åke Stolt berättar om sportens hjältar och stora personligheter men också det politiska spel och fiffel som pågår i skuggorna. I krönikorna, som tidigare publicerats i Sydsvenska Dagbladet och Idrottens Affärer, ges den riktiga historien bakom bland annat Zlatans röda skor och Anjas känsla för snö. Vi får genom Stolts vassa penna ta del av hemligheterna om idrottens baksidor och om möten med några utav idrottsvärldens största namn, från Zagreb till Säffle och från Paris till Copacabana.Åke Stolt har gjort sig känd som en utav Sveriges mest vassa och humoristiska krönikörer och få andra har fingret på idrottsvärldens puls som honom. Under sin långa karriär som sportkommentator och krönikör har han följt dussintals mästerskap och skrivit tusentals krönikor för olika medier. Han har även utgivit ett flertal böcker.
Vom Autor des Spiegel-Bestsellers "Stille - ein Wegweiser" Er ist einer der größten Abenteurer unserer Zeit. Er war auf dem Nordpol und dem Südpol, hat den Mount Everest bestiegen, aber er war auch tagelang zu Fuß in Los Angeles unterwegs und ist hinabgestiegen in die Unterwelt Manhattans. Er hat die Juan Fernández Insel vor Chile aufgesucht, um dort den höchsten Berg zu erklimmen - weil er in die Fußstapfen von Robinson Crusoe treten wollte. Aber auch als Städter ist er ständig unterwegs. Wochentags läuft er zu Fuß zur Arbeit, am Wochenende bricht er auf in die Natur, die gleich hinter der Haustür beginnt. »Das Leben ist ein langer Fußmarsch«, sagt Kagge. Dies kann ein riskanter Marsch über Gletscherspalten, aber auch ein Spaziergang durch einen städtischen Park sein. Der Effekt ist derselbe: Ein Glücksgefühl stellt sich ein, unsere Gedanken beginnen zu fließen, unser Kopf wird klar, äußere und innere Welt gehen ineinander über, wir werden eins mit der Welt – im Gehen. Denn »der Kopf braucht Bodenhaftung, die bekommt er durch die Füße«. Der Abenteurer und Weltenwanderung Erling Kagge hat sich auf eine meditative Reise begeben, Philosophen, Autoren und Weggefährten befragt und mit seinen Füßen die Welt ausgeschritten und vergrößert. Das können wir auch. Denn »alle Menschen sind geborene Entdecker«. Wolfram Koch, geboren 1962, ist Schauspieler und Hörbuchsprecher. Bekannt ist er unter anderem als Kriminalhauptkommissar Paul Brix aus dem Frankfurter »Tatort«.Erling Kagge, geboren 1963 ist ein Verleger, Autor, Jurist, Kunstsammler, Bergsteiger, Vater von drei Töchtern, er lebt in Oslo. Der norwegische Abenteurer hat als erster in der Geschichte die »drei Pole« erreicht – den Süd- und Nordpol und den Mount Everest.
Vizeweltmeister, Champions-League-Sieger, Weltpokal-Sieger, UEFA-Cup-Sieger - 16 Spitzenspieler aus Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz berichten über ihre Wege zum Erfolg. Wie Spitzenspieler sich motivieren und auf welche motivationspsychologischen Grundsätze sie zurückgreifen, ist für alle aktiven Fußballer, Trainer und Präsidenten interessant. Entstanden ist ein unterhaltsames, witziges und lehrreiches Hörbuch. Die elf Gesetze beruhen auf vielen spannenden und zum Teil unbekannten Geschichten über internationale Stars. Jedes Gesetz liefert einfach umzusetzende Tipps für höchste Motivation, die nicht nur im Fußball und in vielen anderen Sportarten zu Spitzenleistungen führen, sondern auch im täglichen Leben.Jörg Zeyringer ist Experte für Motivationspsychologie und hat im Laufe seiner Karriere u.a. umfassende Untersuchungen zum Thema Motivation am Arbeitsplatz durchgeführt, als Mentalcoach Spitzenfußballer und ihre Trainer betreut und diverse Sachbücher auf den Markt gebracht. Seine Schwerpunkte sind neben der Motivation und ihren Grundlagen auch Führungsmethodik, Kommunikation, Persönlichkeits- und Teamentwicklung, Mitarbeiter- und Führungsentwicklung, mentale Stärke und Widerstandsfähigkeit. Aktuell hat er die Ausbildung zum Zertifizierten Anwender der Positiven Psychologie abgeschlossen und ist gefragter Redner bei Kongressen und Keynote-Speaker.
A compelling, at times devastating, ultimately inspiring account of how much can go wrong on the ocean and how, miraculously, one woman conquered her own fears. Young and in love, their lives ahead of them, Tami Oldham and her fiance Richard Sharp set sail from Tahiti under brilliant blue skies, with Tami's hometown of San Diego as their ultimate destination. But the two free spirits and avid sailors couldn't anticipate that less than two weeks into their voyage, they would sail directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. They found themselves battling pounding rain, waves the size of skyscrapers, and 140 knot winds. Richard tethered himself to the boat and sent Tami below to safety, and then all went eerily quiet. Hours later, Tami awakened to find the boat in ruins, and Richard nowhere in sight. Adrift is the story of Tami's miraculous forty-one-day journey to safety on a ravaged boat with no motor and no masts, and with little hope for rescue. It's a tale of love and survival on the high seas - an unforgettable story about resilience of the human spirit, and the transcendent power of love.
Soccer has been America's Sport of the Future since 1972. Propelled by the rise of the World Cup, Premier League, the glory of the United States Women's National Team, Lionel Messi's DemiGod-esque talent and repeat exposure to Cristiano Ronaldo's preening abs, that Future has finally arrived.The Men in Blazers are two English-born, soccer-obsessed broadcasters who have savored the dizzying growth of the game along with millions of Americans, as if it was a rollicking, sporting telenovela playing out in real life. Written in such a way that fully immerses Americans in the history and culture of the world's game, their Encyclopedia Blazertannica relives the careers of such greats such as George Best, Maradona, Beckham... and Alexi Lalas. It examines fan culture, from the tactical variations of scarf tying, to the pathos of England's classic, yet doomed, World Cup theme songs, and explores the complex physics and ethics of both celebratory knee slides and fights between players, along with such burning questions as how professional footballers deal with hair loss. Any listener will feel as if they've had a front-row seat for the classic matches--seeing every dive and missed penalty kick, and hearing every vulgar chant--and will emerge with a deeper appreciation for the dodgy haircuts and ill-judged neck tattoos that populate world football.Includes bonus material exclusive to the audiobook: an extended clip from the Men in Blazers podcast
When Sports Illustrated declared on the cover of a June 2014 issue that the Houston Astros would win the World Series in 2017, people thought Ben Reiter, the article's author, was crazy. The Astros were the worst baseball team in half a century, but they were more than just bad. They were an embarrassment, a club that didn't even appear to be trying to win. The cover story, combined with the specificity of Reiter's claim, met instant and nearly universal derision. But three years later, the critics were proved improbably, astonishingly wrong. How had Reiter predicted it so accurately? And, more important, how had the Astros pulled off the impossible?Astroball is the inside story of how a gang of outsiders went beyond the stats to find a new way to winand not just in baseball. When new Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and his top analyst, the former rocket scientist Sig Mejdal, arrived in Houston in 2011, they had already spent more than half a decade trying to understand how human instinct and expertise could be blended with hard numbers such as on-base percentage and strikeout rate to guide their decision-making. In Houston, they had free rein to remake the club. No longer would scouts, with all their subjective, hard-to-quantify opinions, be forced into opposition with the stats guys. Instead, Luhnow and Sig wanted to correct for the biases inherent in human observation, and then roll their scouts' critical thoughts into their process. The numbers had valuebut so did the gut.The strategy paid off brilliantly, and surprisingly quickly. It pointed the Astros toward key draft picks like Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman; offered a path for developing George Springer, Jose Altuve, and Dallas Keuchel; and showed them how veterans like Carlos Beltrn and JustinVerlander represented the last piece in the puzzle of fielding a championship team.Sitting at the nexus of sports, business, and innovationand written with years of access to the team's stars and executivesAstroball is the story of the next wave of thinking in baseball and beyond, at once a remarkable underdog story and a fascinating look at the cutting edge of evaluating and optimizing human potential.
"So wenig als möglich sitzen; keinem Gedanken Glauben schenken, der nicht im Freien geboren ist und bei freier Bewegung, in dem nicht auch die Muskeln ein Fest feiern!" Der Philosoph Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) war kein Mann des Schreibtischs. Er hielt es nur dort aus, wo es Wanderwege gab: am Meer oder in den Bergen, "wo selbst die Wege nachdenklich werden". Seine Gedankengänge dagegen führten ihn in wegloses Gelände. Vorbei an schwindelerregenden Abgründen, in völlige Einsamkeit und schließlich in die Region der Gipfel und des ewigen Eises. Dieser philosophische Wanderführer begleitet Nietzsche auf einsamen und gefährlichen Wegen im Oberengadin, einer Landschaft, die er als Tourist in jungen Jahren entdeckt hat und in die er als umhergetriebener Kranker immer wieder zurückgekehrt ist. Es ist ein Stück Biografie des Philosophen unter besonderer Berücksichtigung seines Verhältnisses zu Bergen und Gipfeln. Ein Hörbuch für geistig schwindelfreie Hörerinnen und Hörer, denn: "Glaubt ja nicht, dass ich euch zu dem gleichen Wagnisse auffordern werde! Oder auch nur zur gleichen Einsamkeit. Denn wer auf eigenen Wegen geht, begegnet Niemandem. Das bringen die eigenen Wege mit sich."Andreas Hüser, geboren 1959, studierte in Münster und Freiburg Philosophie und Theologie. Er promovierte mit einer Arbeit über Macht und Moral bei Nietzsche. Seit 1987 war Hüser bei mehreren deutschen Tageszeitungen tätig. So oft wie möglich flieht Hüser aus dem Flachland zum Bergsteigen in die Alpen. Anders als Nietzsche kennt er daher viele Oberengadiner Berge auch aus der Gipfelperspektive.
Deena Kastor was a star youth runner with tremendous promise, yet her career almost ended after college, when her competitive methodrun as hard as possible, for fear of losingfostered a frustration and negativity and brought her to the brink of burnout. On the verge of quitting, she took a chance and moved to the high altitudes of Alamosa, Colorado, where legendary coach Joe Vigil had started the first professional distance-running team. There she encountered the idea that would transform her running career: the notion that changing her thinkingshaping her mind to be more encouraging, kind, and resilientcould make her faster than she'd ever imagined possible. Building a mind so strong would take years of effort and discipline, but it would propel Kastor to the pinnacle of runningto American records in every distance from the 5K to the marathonand to the accomplishment of earning America's first Olympic medal in the marathon in twenty years.Let Your Mind Run is a fascinating intimate look inside the mind of an elite athlete, a remarkable story of achievement, and an insightful primer on how the small steps of cultivating positivity can give anyone a competitive edge.
Beijing 2008, the 100 metres final: Usain Bolt slows down, beats his chest, metres clear of his nearest rival, his face filled with the euphoria of a young man utterly in thrall to his extraordinary physical talent. It is one of the greatest sporting moments. It is just the beginning.Of the ten fastest 100-metres times in history, eight belong to Jamaicans. How is it that a small Caribbean island has come to almost totally dominate the men's and women's sprint events?The Bolt Supremacy opens the doors to a community where sprinting permeates conversations and interactions; where the high school championships are watched by 35,000 screaming fans; where identity, success and status are forged on the track, and where making it is a pass to a world of adoration and lucrative contracts. In such a society there can be the incentive for some to cheat. There are those who attribute Jamaican success to something beyond talent and hard work. Award-winning writer Richard Moore doesn't shy away from difficult questions as he travels the length of this beguiling country speaking to anti-doping agencies, scientists and sceptics as well as to coaches, gurus, superstar athletes and the young guns desperate to become the next big thing. Peeling back the layers, Moore finally reveals the secrets of Usain Bolt and the Jamaican sprint factory.
Do you sometimes behave irrationally or impulsively? Do you face some situations with fear and trepidation? Do feelings of self-doubt consume everyday activities?Leading Consultant Psychiatrist, Prof Steve Peters, knows more than anyone how impulsive behaviour or nagging self-doubt can impact negatively on our professional and personal lives.In this, his first book, Steve shares his phenomenally successful mind management programme that has been used to help elite athletes and senior managers alike to conquer their fears and operate with greater control, focus and confidence. Seemingly complex concepts are made simple with the use of memorable analogies -- such as the 'chimp', that seemingly irrational and impulsive being that inhabits our minds -- and real-life case studies. Never before will you have had such a deep and clear understanding of your own behaviour and natural responses to certain people or situations.This knowledge, combined with simple techniques that can be easily incorporated into daily life, will help you to control your emotional impulses and reach your full potential, leading to success at work and a happier, harmonious home life.
In Masters of Modern Soccer, Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl asks: How do some of the game's smartest figures master the craft of soccer? By profiling players in every key position (American phenomenon Christian Pulisic, Mexican superstar Javier "e;Chicharito"e; Hernndez, Belgium's Vincent Kompany, Spain's Xabi Alonso, Germany's Manuel Neuer) and management (Belgium coach Roberto Martnez and Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc), Wahl reveals how elite players and coaches strategize on and off the field and execute in high pressure game situations.Masters of Modern Soccer is the definitive thinking fan's guide to modern soccer. For a supporter of any team, from the U.S. national teams to Manchester United, or any competition, from Mexico's Liga MX to the World Cup, this book reveals what players and managers are thinking before, during, and after games and delivers a true behind-the-scenes perspective on the inner workings of the sport's brightest minds.America's premier soccer journalist, Grant Wahl, follows world-class players from across the globe examining how they do their jobs. This access imbues Masters of Modern Soccer with deep insight from the players on how goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, and forwards function individually and as a unit to excel and win. Wahl also shadows a manager and director of soccer as they juggle the challenges of coaching, preparation, and the short- and long-term strategies of how to identify and acquire talent and deploy it on the field.A book that will stand the test of time, Masters of Modern Soccer is the most in-depth analysis of the craft of soccer ever written for the American fan. For any fan, player, coach, or sideline enthusiast, this book will change the way they watch the game.
Denne autoriserede biografi om Danmarks største fodboldspiller gennem tiderne dækker hele Michael Laudrups karriere som fodboldspiller og bygger på samtaler med alle de store personligheder, som blev afgørende for hans karriere, foruden Michael Laudrup selv. Femten år blev det til, fra han som kun nittenårig rejste til Italien for at spille for Lazio i Rom. Bogen følger ham videre over Juventus til Barcelona, Madrid og Ajax og helt frem til drømmeafskeden i VM-kvartfinalen mod Brasilien i 1998. I de femten år udviklede Laudrup uden for banen sin elegante og diplomatiske stil, samtidig med at han på banen igen og igen demonstrerede det enestående talent, der bidrog afgørende til, at Danmark for alvor kom på fodboldens verdenskort. ”Det er en fascinerende og fremragende skrevet bog, som fortæller om Michaels karriere og ikke mindst om mennesket bag. Når man først har åbnet den, slipper man den ikke, før man har læst den sidste linje.” - Brian Laudrup Jakob Kvist er uddannet journalist og har udgivet en række biografiske bøger. Han er til daglig kreativ direktør i People'sPress
From a Sports Illustrated senior writer, a moving epic of football and industrial America, telling the story of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, its now-shuttered steel mill, and its legendary high school football teamAliquippa, Pennsylvania, is famous for two things: the Jones and Laughlin Steel mill, an industrial behemoth that helped win World War II, and football, with a high school team that has produced numerous NFL stars including Mike Ditka and Darrelle Revis. But the mill, once the fourth largest producer in America, closed for good in 2000. What happens to a town when a dream dies? Does it just disappear?In Playing through the Whistle, celebrated sports writer S. L. Price tells the story of this remarkable place, its people, its players, and through it, a wider story of American history from the turn of the twentieth century. Aliquippa has been many things-a rigidly controlled company town, a booming racial and ethnic melting pot, and, for a brief time, a workers' paradise. Price expertly traces this history, while also recounting the birth and development of high school sports, from a minor pastime to a source of civic pride to today, when it sometimes seems like the only way out of a life of poverty, drug abuse, and crime. Playing through the Whistle is a masterpiece of narrative journalism that will make you cry and cheer in equal measure.
From the hilarious to the terrifying, this diverse collection features ten Wireless Theatre productions in a single volume:We Are the BBC by Susan Casanove, directed by Jack BowmanRob Sterling Davies is on the crest of a wave-and apparently Stephen Fry's new best friend. But all isn't quite as it seems.We Are Not the BBC by Susan Casanove, directed by Jack BowmanThings start to look up for the members of an amateur dramatics society when a visiting celebrity steps in and plays the lead role.No Cause for Alarm by Gareth RubinNo Cause for Alarm is a silly play. It has no comment to make about the human condition, love in the twenty-first century, or the Iraq war.Stage Fright by Lynn Howes, directed by Emma TaylorStage Fright charts the struggle for supremacy between three actors appearing in a play together.The Mighty Carlins by Collin Doyle, directed by Paul BlinkhornOn the anniversary of his wife's death, Leo Carlin and his two sons come together for their traditional night of sharing good and bad memories.Blood and Stone by Marty Ross, directed by Mariele Runacre TempleThe "e;Bloody Lady of Cachtice"e; was bricked up in her own castle for murder. Why then does the young Katya want a job looking after the countess?The St. Valentine's Day Murder written and directed by Peter DavisIt's Valentine's Day, but events turn less than romantic when one of the members of a dating site is murdered.Laying Ghosts by Clare Reddaway, directed by Emily WrightWhen Connie's beloved husband Jack dies, Connie hopes that her only son, Gary, will console her. Gary, however, has other plans.Emails from Abroad by Julia Messenger and Shirley MawerEmails from Abroad is a play based on travels abroad relayed by emails between the ingenuous first-time traveler and her disillusioned home-bound sister.The Trial of Sherlock Holmes by Peter Davis and Matthew WoodcockCharged with endangering the public, Holmes is forced to relive some of his most bizarre cases.
The award-winning and critically acclaimed Wireless Theatre Company strives to keep radio theater alive and well. From the hilarious to the terrifying, this diverse collection features ten Wireless Theatre productions in a single volume:Spook Squad by Jim Spiers, directed by Jack Bowman2010: Space Commander! by Stuart Price, directed by David BeckDream On by Paul Ekert, directed by Tom BrazierThe Grimm of Stottesden Hall, written and directed by Stuart PricePhonophobia by Jack Bowman and Robert Valentine, directed by Tom BrazierMedusa on the Beach by Marty RossThe Youth of Old Age, written and directed by Stuart PriceDevon Girl by Zalie Burrow, directed by Cherry CooksonRadio Hoohah, written and directed by Octavia MacKenzie and Ashley McGuireAngels in the Dark, written and directed by Susan Casanove
Love them or hate them, what the New England Patriots have been able to do over the past fifteen years is nothing short of remarkable. In addition to their four Super Bowl championships, the Patriots have the best coach in the league, a smart and savvy front office, and a future Hall of Fame quarterback who is internationally recognized as the face of the NFL. The longer the Patriots continue to dominate on the field as well as in the media and the American pop culture landscape, the harder it becomes for anyone to remember them as something other than a model franchise and the ultimate paradigm of success and accomplishment.Anyone, that is, except for Jerry Thornton. It wasn't always sunshine and roses for the Patriots; in fact, for the bulk of their existence, it was exactly the opposite. Though difficult to fathom now, the New England Patriots of old weren't just bad-they were laughably bad. Not so long ago, the Pats were the laughingstock of not only the NFL but also the entire sporting world.From Darkness to Dynasty tells the unlikely history of the New England Patriots as it has never been told before. From their humble beginnings as a team bought with rainy-day money by a man who had no idea what he was doing to the fateful season that saw them win their first Super Bowl, Jerry Thornton shares the wild, humiliating, unbelievable, and wonderful stories that comprised the first forty years of what would ultimately become the most dominant franchise in NFL history.Witty, hilarious, and brutally honest, From Darkness to Dynasty returns to the thrilling, perilous days of yesteryear-a welcome corrective for those who hate the Patriots and a useful reminder for those who love them that all glory is fleeting.
When Charlie Finley bought the A's in 1960, he was an outsider to the game-an insurance businessman with a larger-than-life personality. He brought his cousin Carl on as his right-hand man, moved the team from Kansas City to Oakland, and pioneered a new way to put together a winning team. With legendary players like Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, and Vida Blue, the Finleys' Oakland A's won three straight World Series and riveted the nation.Now Carl Finley's daughter Nancy reveals the whole story behind her family's winning legacy-how her father and uncle developed their scouting strategy, why they employed odd gimmicks like orange baseballs and "e;mustache bonuses,"e; and how the success of the '70s Oakland A's changed the game of baseball.