The sports literature, varied
Son difficult days for fans of the sport. It is one thing to be at home 24 hours a day, okay, so that is assumed, but how to do it without being able to see live sports on tv? For some, and some that can be a real punishment. Those Saturdays with handball, basketball, and any never-ending match of tennis on clay. On those Sundays that begin with the Formula 1 race, continue with a classic biker, still with the football and end up with the NBA. Or those Tuesday and Wednesday, Champions, or Thursday and Friday of Euroleague. Because all this has been finished by now. Of rennet. There is nothing of live sports on the tele. Zero. Huts. And to know when to return. There is also the option to view events in deferred mode, but recognize that it is not the same. So it may be a good time to turn off the tv, grab that e-book is at the bottom of the drawer of the bedside table, blow off the dust and devote a few hours to the sports literature. There are titles for give-and-take of any sport. Here is a small selection of titles to spend long periods of entertainment. All of them can be purchased in digital format at very affordable prices. We promise to make the effort worthwhile.
‘Rowing as a single man’ The 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, designed for the greater glory of the nazi regime, are remembered especially by Jesse Owens, the athlete of the black race who won four gold medals. But that edition of the olympics saves other stories like that told by Daniel James Brown in Paddling as a single man. The rowing was at that time a sport popular in the united States, especially among university students. Nine boys from the University of Washington, after many months of hard training, won the olympic plaza, and, as in Berlin, overcoming many unforeseen circumstances, were able to achieve the gold. A story is very american, of heroes and stories of overcoming, but entertaining at the end of the day, and it brings to light a sporting feat little-known.
‘dream team’ What is the best team in the history of the sport? The immediate response to this question that many are coming to the forefront is the selection of american basketball that won the gold in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen, Karl Malone, Larry Bird… an impressive constellation of stars was that computer unique. Handle the egos was the most difficult thing for the coach/trainer, Chuck Daly, who, once you got that, didn’t have much to do during the matches. “The dead times were very rare. Chuck observed us a moment, and finally said: Very well, continue as you are“recalls Magic Johnson in an extract from a book written by JackMcCallum, 363 pages full of anecdotes and interesting stories. Never a bad time to learn a little bit more to the Dream team.
‘open: my story’ The autobiography of Andre Agassi is already a classic of sports literature. Because of the importance of the character –one of the most talented and charismatic of the history of tennis and the rawness with which you expose your feelings. Says the former player american boy, forced by his father to hit 2.500 balls a day, “hated” tennis, despite which begins to highlight a very young age. With his image of the boy rebel wins his first Grand Slam at Wimbledon in 1992, which gives rise to a path full of ups and downs, like a roller coaster of emotions. In 1997 hits bottom after separating from Brooke Shields to start from scratch by playing smaller tournaments, and recover again to get back to winning big tournaments. Its withdrawal, caused by a few back pains so strong that sometimes you are forced to sleep on the floor, closes a book of the most interesting and is written by J. R. Moehringer, author, incidentally, of other interesting titles at the margin of the sport as The bar of the great hopes or Full light.
‘the last night of ayrton senna’ The Grand Prix of San Marino held in Imola between April 29 and may 1, 1994 is remembered as the end of the week most tragic in the history of Formula 1, since the two fatal accidents led to the deaths of austrian Roland Ratzenberger and brazilian Ayrton Senna. Much more shocking was the death of Senna, a legend of the sport by its status as a triple world champion and because of his personality, deciphered by the Italian Giorgio Terruzzi in The last night of Ayrton Senna. After the fatal accident of Ratzenberger in practice Saturday, Senna is living in his hotel room, where he rewinds his life, from his beginnings to his world titles, putting in order their thoughts, as if he knew that the next day everything would end. Are 156 pages in which Terruzzi, a journalist who followed the Formula 1 and had a friendship with Senna, shows the myth in their intimacy.
‘damned united’ Brian Clough as a player and coach English, who died in 2004, is one of the great personalities who have had the british football. Their successes –rose to two clubs, Derby County and Nottingham Forest from Second Division to First, and with the Nottingham came to win twice, the European Cup– mingled with a personality arrogant and despotic, which made it tremendously difficult to work with him. His career highlights also a brief step –just 44 days– by the Leeds, then a club to the pointer, where its style did not work. Everything was wrong there, and these barely six weeks are told with great detail by David Peace, whose style, with short sentences and a lot of conversation, takes the book of 406 pages at a breakneck pace, as the life of Clough. A reading to enjoy.
‘lead-in pockets’ Waiting to know what is the cycling season, with the Giro d’italia in the air and doubts over the dispute of the Tour de France, it is good to read epic stories of the Grande Boucle, fertile ground for the heroicidades and dramas on two wheels. And for this nothing better that the book of basque Ander Izagirre, Lead in the pockets. A journey through the history of the Tour through several of the narratives, and the 236 pages that are short. Highlight the stories of the early years of the race, for example the first mountain stage, held in 1910 and the riders went up Peyresourde, Tourmalet, Aspin, collar of aubisque and D Osquich, or a day on the mountain in the Pyrenees in 1926, in which several cars of the organization had to go find about 50 participants whose whereabouts are unknown. One of them, Henri Pélissier, expressed the difficulties that were the organizers saying a phrase now legendary: “One day we will put lead in your pockets”. In the line of this title from Ander Izagirre is Forced of the road: Tour de France 1924a little gem that you can not purchase in digital format.
‘everything that we won when we lost everything’ Lutz Eigendorf was the figure of football of the Democratic Republic of Germany at the end of the years 70. Born in 1956, from a very young age was already the star of Dynamo Berlin, the team that dominated the league, and the favorite player of Erich Mielke, then head of the Stasi. If that were not enough, in his debut with the selection of the GDR scored two goals that enabled his selection tie against Bulgaria, which helped him to earn the nickname of The Beckenbauer of the East. All of this was to have certain privileges within the tight system of East Germany. In addition, I was married and had a little girl. Seemed to have it all –at least within the mindset of the Germany of This time– but he felt “suffocated” in that regime, and after a friendly match that his team had played against Kaiserlautern, escapes taking advantage of the team bus made a stop in West Germany for players to make a purchase. Thus begins Everything that we gained when we lost everything, the novel of Eduardo Verdú about Lutz Eigendorf and their escape impossible.
‘You may live to be this’ The asturian Jorge Egocheaga, one of the little more than 20 mountaineers in the world who has climbed all the eight-thousanders without oxygen, summarizes his experiences in the high peaks of the Himalayas and the Karakoram on an excellent book. With a prose that thrills. Egocheaga, little friend appear in the media, makes a review detailed of his career, peppered with joys and tragedies, and marked always by its spirit of solidarity. Not in vain, the money raised by the sale of the book is devoted to the education of the children of the valley of the Makalu. Egocheaga, a doctor by profession, also tells the altruistic work carried out to improve the health of the most disadvantaged areas of the planet.