No end of the year stuff here

Not when the world is about to come to an end.

Not only was the first sentence lame, I lied in the headline.

What I meant to write was that I’m not compiling any must-read or favorite lists. But plenty others in the sports world are.

Bruce Berglund at New Books in Sports has opted for what he calls a “year-end book list,” without any tedious numeration, which is probably the best way to go. Like last year, when he kindly invited me to ramble on, and like his regular posts, this is in podcast form:

“The episode features a strong starting nine.  Journalist and blogger Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (aka Sidvee) talks about Indian cricket and his favorite books on American football and baseball.  Two American writers, Jonathan Eig and Jason Coskrey, give their selections from the baseball library from two very different vantage points: Chicago and Tokyo.  We hear from Barry Nicholls, host of the Australian radio program 110%, about the differences in sports idioms used Down Under and in the US.  Mark Norman, editor of the blog Hockey in Society, discusses how Canadian fans are managing another discontented winter without hockey.  At the close of the year marking the 40th anniversary of Title IX, law professor, author, and former Olympic swimmer Nancy Hogshead-Makar talks about the continued obstacles to equal opportunity in US sports.  We learn about women and sport in the Middle East, as well as the lingering effects of last February’s stadium violence in Port Said, Egypt, from journalist James M. Dorsey, author of the blog The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer. At the close of a year that brought the word “Tebowing” into the sports lexicon, theologian Graham Tomlin discusses the connections of faith and sport.  And we close with Lisa Von Drasek, an expert in children’s literature, who gives her suggestions for some of the best sports books for young readers.”

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