Description : More than a Game is the odyssey of Jackson's journey—from New York Knick and world champion, to CBA coach, to six-time Chicago Bulls world champion, to this year's L.A. Lakers world champion—and the lessons in leadership he learned each step of the way. It is the tale of Rosen's journey as well, carrying the torch for the game of basketball through careers as star college player, CBA coach, and preeminent novelist of the game. It is also the story of the system jackson coaches, the powertriangle, as put forth by Lakers assistant coach Tex Winter. The triangle can be understood as a philosophy of basketball and life—one that values role players almost as much as star players, and where fundamentals rule. More Than a Game is also a story of the friendship between Jackson and Rosen, forged in the sacred brotherhood of the hoop.
Description : Taking its cue from practices of reading texts in literary and cultural studies, this book considers the computer game as a new and emerging mode of contemporary storytelling. In a carefully organized study, Barry Atkins discusses questions of narrative and realism in four of the most significant games of the last decade: Tomb Raider, Half-Life, Close Combat and SimCity. This is a work for both the student of contemporary culture and those game-players who are interested in how computer games tell their stories.
Description : Today's National Football League is more successful, more exciting, and more popular than ever. But the game in the twenty-first century is also ruled by a constant quest for more money. Super Bowl-winning head coach Brian Billick's More Than a Game examines how the relentless competition off the field affects the game on the field, and what it means for the future of America's most popular sport. One of the NFL's most successful leaders, Billick coached the Baltimore Ravens from 1999 to 2007, leading his team to victory in Super Bowl XXXV in 2001. With nearly two decades in the league, and now a Fox game analyst and NFL Network contributor, Billick has experienced the league's enormous pressure to win as well as seen what happens to those who don't. Following the 2007 season, he took a step back from the coaching life and decided to spend a season examining the game he loved so much from other perspectives. Collaborating with Michael MacCambridge (whose book America's Game is regarded as the definitive modern history of the NFL), he delved into the NFL from every possible angle, spending time with people at every level of the game. More Than a Game explains how the spectacle that dominates fall weekends in America works, and why it has served all of football's interest groups -- owners players, and fans alike -- so well over the years. We get a glimpse of the changing profile and increased influence of the league's owners. We come to better understand the pressure that players are under to perform for their team and for themselves and their future contracts. We see the challenge facing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who must balance the concerns of owners, players, sponsors, the league's television network "partners," and the fans, whose devotion and dollars make the entire enterprise possible. Along the way, we see how the financial forces are exerting themselves on every level, working their way into the essence of the game itself. Billick takes the measure of new offensive and defensive strategies, explains refined scouting and team-building methods, and focuses on the elusive quest for the franchise quarterback that can make or break careers. Packed with the privileged knowledge that comes from a true NFL insider, More Than a Game is more than a look inside the complex system that is pro football. It's an attempt to understand why the game is so compelling, and what it will take to keep it that way. Complete with important developments in the 2009 off-season, the book stands as an absolute must-read for NFL fans.
Description : Ronny Mintjens, linguist, teacher, and professional football coach, needed to find a way to really see the world, something deeper than mere tourism. Leaving the comfort and familiarity of his own European life, Mintjens decided to pursue his love of professional sports and exotic cultures all at once. He began coaching football at clubs all across Africa. Beginning in southern and then moving on to eastern Africa, Mintjens soon realized that there was more to professional football than simply training and winning matches. Trying to find ways to make a true mark on the game, Mintjens travelled from one club to the next. Each club, from Mount Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti Plains to Table Mountain and the Cape of Good Hope, held its own surprises and boasted its own strengths and weaknesses. In the end, each had its own lessons on the intricate weaving of African culture and heritage. Leave your life behind and dive into the exotic world of African sports with this fascinating tale of an ambitious foreigner and his deep journey to understand football as a way of life in the African football club. In this relatively unknown part of the world, football is certainly more than a game.
Description : Train your young person's spirit. Help him or her grow stronger in faith and in commitment to God. Every sport presents us with moments to meet God. Wins give us moments for gratitude. Losses give opportunities to learn. Conflict with family and team members can lead us to deeper relationships. Through stories, prayers, and reflections, the pocket-sized More Than a Game helps young athletes find God, inner strength, and confidence at all these crossroad moments.
Description : 'Funny, poignant and illumining ...the best football book in years' Positive MagazineMore than a Game tells it how it really was for black football players a generation ago. Set in 1980s Wolverhampton, Sabina Park Rangers became the first team of black players to reach the final of the Watney's Red Barrel Cup but Jamaican coach, Horace McIntosh is not confident that he will be able to field a team never mind win the cup. Aston Villa's interest is distracting his best player and tension heightens as a drugs deal double-cross scheme unravels, and further afield racial antagonism draws team-mates into confrontation with the police.This sometimes comical, sometimes sad, and always thought-provoking novel proves that the racism within the beautiful game has not completely disappeared.
Description : The best work of one of Alabama's longest-serving and most beloved sports journalists. Although he spent 43 years at the same job, Alf Van Hoose was not a man limited by the boundaries of his profession. As Birmingham News sports editor for 21 years and a columnist for a decade before that, Van Hoose helped define a city, a state, and a region largely known for sports. He was the writer of record for some of the biggest sporting events and personalities in the state of Alabama in the last half of the 20th Century. Wayne Hester, Van Hoose's successor as sports editor of The News, in 1990, said, "To many sports fans over the years, Alf Van Hoose has been The Birmingham News." But he was also much more than the "sports guy," as older generations of Alabama sports fans who read this book will remember and younger ones will learn. He was a man for all seasons, not just those where balls get kicked, hit, or thrown around. A native of Cuba, Alabama, and a veteran of the Third Army campaigns in WWII (where he won both the Bronze and Silver Stars), Van Hoose became a sportswriter on The News in 1947. He remained in that role until retirement in 1990, with only short breaks to serve as a Vietnam war correspondent, and to reflect on the lessons learned while serving with George Patton. Van Hoose died in 1997 at the age of 76. This volume contains 90 of Van Hoose's best columns, selected not only to showcase his characteristic style, but also because of the enduring importance and interest of the topics--football and baseball, of course, but also golf, high school heroics, auto racing, and Van Hoose's special favorites: Rickwood Field and its various tenants, especially the Birmingham Black Barons. Published with the College of Communication and Information Science, The University of Alabama.
Description : More Than a Game begs the question: can the NFL withstand another scandal? With Super Bowl XLIX to be played February 1, 2015, two NFL teams appear predestined to make the journey to Glendale, Arizona. The Atlantic City Rollers (AFC) and the Omaha Stampeders (NFC) are fictitious teams yet, in actuality, current teams in the author's mind. With his job in jeopardy, Rollers' Defensive Coordinator, Jamie Longoria, believes he can survive the post-season termination by learning the plays of Mike Jacobs, Head Coach of the Omaha Stampeders. Mike, perhaps the best NFL head coach in the league, is nobody's fool, at least until Longoria's corruptive plans trickle down to Sam Sheldon and Andrew Baxter, Rollers' enthusiasts. While "Spygate" and "Bountygate" will always be recalled as NFL scandals, Jenna Huddy, a product of foster homes until emancipated at eighteen, is sent to Omaha where she unknowingly perpetrates the next disgrace known as "GotPlaysgate." More Than a Game takes place from November, 2014 through Super Bowl Sunday 2015. Omaha, Atlantic City and Two Harbors, Minnesota form the background settings for this novel.