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:
Do you or have you ever read books about the Olympics? About sports in general?
- Fictional ones? Or non-fiction? Or both?
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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