BTT: The Medal Goes To…

You, um, may have noticed that the Olympics are going on right now, so that’s the genesis of this week’s question, in two parts:

First:

Do you or have you ever read books about the Olympics? About sports in general?

  • Fictional ones? Or non-fiction? Or both?

And, Second:

Do you consider yourself a sports fan?

  • Because, of course, if you’re a rabid fan and read about sports constantly, there’s a logic there; if you hate sports and never read anything sports-related, that, too … but you don’t have to love sports to enjoy a good sports story.
  • (Or a good sports movie, for that matter. Feel free to expand this into a discussion about “Friday Night Lights” or “The Natural” or whatever…)

Okay, longest. question. ever.

However, I have a fairly short answer.  I don’t believe that I have ever in my life read a sports book, including one about the Olympics.  I have no interest in reading about sports.  There is, however, a book about the Olympics out right now that I would love to read: “Rome 1960: The Olympics that Changed the World” by David Maraniss.  This, however, isn’t a book just about the Olympics, it is about the effect the Olympics had on the United States and the world. 

I am really not a sports fan at all.   I don’t generally even watch the Olympics, although I am somewhat interested in hearing who won what.  I am somewhat of a basketball fan, but I sort of lose that when there’s not anyone else that really wants to watch it with me.  I also just don’t have the time and inclination to sit and watch a bunch of basketball games when I could be reading.  I’m also not a very big fan of sports movies, other than perhaps I Remember the Titans, but I like that more for the social aspects – integration, etc.

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8 comments to BTT: The Medal Goes To…

  • Yes, I’d probably rather be reading, too. But with a husband who’s something of a sports nut, I’ve developed a great ability to read during and in spite of the games on TV.

  • I’d rather be reading, too! The Olympics do sometimes have an interesting effect from a social standpoint, but for the most part the sports side doesn’t interest me at all.

  • I don’t generally like sports (though I have a soft spot for the Olympics) but I read and really, really enjoyed Moneyball by Michael Lewis. It actually made baseball seem interesting! (though not interesting enough for me to watch it on TV.)

  • My husband is usually in one room with the TV tuned to sports, while I’m in another room, otherwise occupied.

    We did manage to get together to watch and enjoy I Remember the Titans.

  • I completely agree with you. Remember the Titans is one of my favorite sports movies (that I included in my BTT post, too) as well as Miracle. And all those movies have a lot of human drama and personal sacrifice in them, which makes the best stories – sports or not.

  • Oh yes, you have to love Remember the Titans. Glad to see we have that in common. Just thought I’d pop over to let you know I’ve moved to a new blog because of some trademark issues with the name Readerville. Hope you’ll visit soon.

  • The only book I can ever remember reading about sports had something to do about baseball, but that was eons ago. I don’t typically like to read about them, but I do like watching them on occasion. If I lived in Michigan, I’d probably watch or listen to the Tiger games and I’m enjoying the Olympics. I just can’t see reading about it…

  • Julie

    I’m not a big sports fan, but a really good sports book that covers collegiate sports, race, adoption, and education in the context of a compelling story is Michael Lewis’ “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game.” It is also quite well-written.