As you might have noticed, it’s the holiday season here at The Serious Tip. We’ve done some redecorating, decked the halls, etc. But before we go over the hills and through the woods for a few days, I’ve decided to list a few sports-related movies, books, and wishes I wouldn’t mind getting from family, friends, loyal readers, local prostitutes, incarcerated pen pals, cyberstalkers, or any other concerned parties.
Cobb – One of my favorite baseball movies. Very underrated and underappreciated Tommy Lee Jones performance. Defines greatness. Taped it off of a movie channel years ago and it’s time to get the DVD.
Soul of the Game – A solid baseball movie made by HBO some years back. Describes the struggles and conflicts of Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and Jackie Robinson. Stars Blair Underwood, Mykelti Williamson, Delroy Lindo, and R. Lee Ermey.
Ali – Even though Muhammad Ali did not invent rap, he had a pretty decent boxing career. By the way, is it just me or does Will Smith look a lot like a young Jesse Jackson in his new movie? If they ever make The Jesse Jackson Story I wouldn’t be surprised if The Fresh Prince gets the lead role.
The New York Mets 1986 World Series Collectors Edition Box Set – Thanks to Yadier Molina, this is the closest I am going to get to watching a Mets championship until October 2007.
John Starks: My Life – Starks was my favorite Knick back in the days when Ewing was in his prime, Oakley elbows were legal, and Anthony Mason’s hair designs had more slogans than Times Square.
Paddy on the Hardwood – I am real eclectic when it comes to what I read. One week I’ll read a book on hunger in America in the 1960s, the next week I might read about Buddhism, and the third week I might be into a book on Southern Rock. So I really enjoy when a book is able to combine more than one interest. Phil Jackson’s Sacred Hoops did that to an extent, merging Western philosophy with basketball. From the reviews I have read, Rus Bradburd’s Paddy on the Hardwood does the same, combining Bradburd’s distinguished abilities as a coach with his growing interest in Irish fiddle playing. I’d like to thank HoopsAddict for alerting me to this book. They have a real good write up about it and a Podcast here.
The Worst Team Money Can Buy – Ah, the glory days of New York Mets futilty. A pure, blissful time of overpaid homecomings, bleach-loaded supersoakers, and flying M-80s. This book tells the tale of a Mets organization convinced it could buy a championship long before it was in vogue in the Bronx.
The Best of Baseball Digest – I can’t say enough about Baseball Digest. I’ve subscribed to the magazine for over 20 years. I think I missed maybe one issue. The only magazine I put down everything else I am reading to read cover to cover. This is its “best of” since it started back in the 1940s.
- For Isiah Thomas to find other employment away from the New York Knicks.
- For the next Florida State offensive coordinator to instinctively know running plays on 3rd and long usually don’t work.
- For Florida State forward Al Thorton to be drafted by the Knicks in the 2007 NBA draft.
- For a Met pitcher to throw a no-hitter this year. Or any year.
- For Terrell Owens to find an attention-obsessive woman who fakes suicide to keep him with her.
- For the Man to quit holding people down.
- For everyone to have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, safe and joyful Hajj and Eid Al-Adha, Happy Winter Solstice, or whatever it is you do this time of year.
As thanks for swinging by, here are two holiday web sites for your enjoyment. And don’t ever say I don’t do anything for my readers.
Penguin Baseball: hours, or minutes if you prefer, of enjoyment. My personal record is 320.2.
Santa Claus Exposed: slave labor, tax evasion, reindeer on steroids, breaking and entering – come to think of it, looks like Santa and Barry Bonds have a few things in common.