Monday, February 15, 2010
BLOG TOUR: The Greatest Moments in Sports
If you have ever visited my blog, I can already see the expression on your face. Say what? You are reading what book?
Have I ever told you this story? I grew up my whole life in Alvin, Texas. After I finished college, I went to teach in a nearby town. One day, a fifth grade boy in my class said, "Mrs. Nance, you live in Alvin. My gosh, do you know Nolan Ryan?" And my response (and I swear to you that this is absolutely true) was: "Who is Nolan Ryan?"
But, hey, there's stuff you don't know about me. Like, my husband and two sons are the greatest sports fans ever. They love sports. Basketball, especially, but they love all, any. And I love my husband and my sons. I want to share stuff with them. Result: Lots of time sitting on high school bleachers, watching men move rapidly up and down the court on tv, attempting to fit in this highly testosterone charged world. Goodness, one son wants to be a sports broadcaster and the other wants to be a coach.
And, if you know anything about me at all, you know I am a reader.
And a children's librarian. I love children's books.
And, while reading about the author, I discovered he especially loved to explain sports to non-sports fans. That would be moi.
So, this book.
And, so, what did I think?
Perfect. The book is readable. Great photos. Great choices of great moments. When the book arrived in the mail (thank you!), my husband and son and I had a wonderful time predicting which great moments would be included in the book (okay, truth time: mostly my husband and son did the actual predicting). Berman knows how to write.
Marvelous. A happy bonding time was had by all.
My favorite part: "Of all the athletes in this book, which one is the most magnificent? Before you say Muhammad Ali or Jesse Owens, here are some hints. The athlete I've chosen had a career that lasted only two years, and he never granted a single interview. He weighed 1,200 pounds. Wow, pretty heavy. Here's another hint. He had 653 kids...." Still can't guess? Here's a video of this athlete in action:
More? Len Berman's thoughts on The Greatest Moments in Sports.
A close look at the book from Google Books.
An interview with Berman about the book on Boston tv..
Another interview with Berman on MSNBC.
At the end of the book, Berman offers his readers a chance to vote on their favorite sports moments. Here's a great chance for you to join in on the conversation.