Holiday Indulgence: Sport Books & Movies

The city has been so quiet over these last few days. When I was walking to work this morning, it was around 8:50 a.m. and the squirrels were all over Queen’s Park foraging, but there wasn’t a human in sight (other than myself!) I guess everyone was at home sleeping or out shopping.

Anywho, this holiday there are movies and books who can help pass the time and break up the steady stream of holiday outings, movies and songs. Below are my recommendations, my best of the best out of the scads of materials I have read/watched this year (almost all will be available at your local library or online). You may not like everything but you’ll probably enjoy most:

  1. Becoming Westerly: Surf Legend Peter Drouyn’s Transformation into Westerly Windina written by Jamie Brisick
  2. Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team directed by Joseph M Lavine and Ouisie Shapiro
  3. Venus and Serena directed by Maiken Baird and Michelle Major
  4. Hoop Dreams directed by Steve James
  5. Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard written by John Branch
  6. The Reappearing Act: Coming Out as Gay on a College Basketball Team Led by Born-Again Christians written by Kate Fagan
  7. Moneyball written by Michael Lewis
  8. The Two Escobars directed by Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist
  9. Second Serve: The Renee Richards Story written by Renee Richards with John Ames
  10. Red Army directed by Gabe Polsky
  11. Senna directed by Asif Kapadia
  12. T-Rex directed by Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper
  13. Out to Win directed by Malcolm Ingram
  14. Winning Sounds Like This: A Season with the Women’s Basketball Team at Gallaudet, the World’s Only University for the Deaf written by Wayne Coffey
  15. Mad Seasons: The Story of the First Women’s Professional Basketball League, 1978-1981 written by Karra Porter
  16. Marathon Woman: Running the Race to Revolutionize Women’s Sports written by Kathrine Switzer
  17. Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League written by Martha Ackmann
  18. Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport written by Anna Krein