"Iíll kind of have a foot on the back of my own butt. Thatís just how I do things.Ē -- Bryan Price, 10/22/2013
I just picked up a book at the downtown library: The Corporal Was a Pitcher, The Courage of Lou Brissie, by Ira Berkow formerly of the NY Times. It's the story of Lou Brissie who was seriously injured during WWII in Italy. He had been a good pitching prospect. The doctors wanted to amputate his legs due to the injuries and he convinced them not to. He came back to pitch for the A's and the Indians over seven seasons. In 1947, he went 23-5 for the Class A Savannah club in the Sally League. Good read so far and fascinating subject. He made the 1949 All Star team.
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I am currently reading "Oh My!" Dick Enberg's autobiography. So far its been a really good read. Its brought back a lot of memories of college basketball games he did in the 70's and 80's for NBC. I find it amazing how most of these sportscasters just kind of stumbled into their professions. Enberg for instance, got his start in radio by applying for a janitors job at Central Michigan. The station manager noticed he had good voice and asked him if he would be interested in a weekend DJ position that was open. He said sure and things just took off from that point.
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For the MMA fans out there I recommend Got Fight by Forrest Griffin. Not exactly high brow stuff but very entertaining and I polished it off in under an hour. He is a very funny guy and quite opinionated as well. The "secret techniques" section alone is worth the time, especially when he talks about how to fend off a dog attack by using a rear naked choke.
Currently re-reading Academ's Fury by Jim Butcher. I discovered this author last year and love his novels. The Dresden Files and Codex Alera series' are terrific.
Read "Starship Troopers" by Robert Heinlen over the course of two plane rides (+ airport wait time) this weekend on the reccomendation of a couple friends who had to read it in college.
Fascinating book that bears only a passing resemblence to the movie of the same name.
24 Years and Counting...
I remember when that movie came out I was severely disappointed. You should make the comparison with the book as the root source, not the other way around.
As far as the movie goes, I enjoyed Starship Troopers as a schlock, over-the-top, 90s action/sci-fi piece. Having read the book, though, I'd love to see the movie re-done to be more faithful to the written work -- with a maybe a "Full Metal Jacket" lean to it.
Loved the book. I'm definitely going to check out more of his stuff.
24 Years and Counting...
I want to read In Cold Blood....actually been meaning for some time now.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Love it. Absolutely hilarious. Dead-on Victorian voice.
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Just finished Scouts Honor by Bill Shanks. Guess what? The "Braves Way" and the "Moneyball Way" churned out about the same amount of talent. Moral of the story--you better be doing it all sorts of ways if you want to be successful.
This is not a shock to most Zoners.
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