It was raining Blue Jays around here yesterday, so in case you missed it here's a reminder to send in your favourites to the ongoing Christmas Book List.
Take a look at the 12 originals here, and a couple of submissions yesterday added these titles to help you with your shopping for the sports fan in your life:
From regular poster John Richardson:
The Best Game You Can Name, by Dave Bidini. I haven't read this one yet, but John vouches for it -- "pretty funny. Having played adult rec hockey for about 25 years, I can confirm that everything he says is true."
Friday Night Lights, by H.G. Bissinger. "Unbelievably good," he says and although it's been a while since I read this one, I recall having the same reaction.
And from Ken Owen, whose biweekly SportBlog Roundup at Militant Moderate gathers good blog reads from around the world, three titles from across the pond:
Football Against the Enemy and Ajax: The Dutch, The War, both by Simon Kuper. Ken's take: "They explain the political and cultural origins of football; the former is probably of widest interest, but the second book is a great way of shedding new light on the Second World War."
Beyond a Boundary, by C.L.R. James. Cricket compendium is "peerless", says Ken.