Sports & Recreation
Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times$8.99 Add to cart
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of This Town, an equally merciless probing of America’s biggest cultural force, pro football, at a moment of peak success and high anxiety.
Like millions of Americans, Mark Leibovich has spent more of his life than he’d care to admit tuned into pro football. Being a lifelong New England Patriots fan meant growing up with a steady diet of lovable loserdom. That is until the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era made the Pats the most ruthlessly efficient sports dynasty of the 21st century, its organization the most polarizing in the NFL, and its fans the most irritating in all of Pigskin America. Leibovich kept his obsession relatively private, in the meantime making a nice career for himself covering that other playground for rich and overgrown children, American politics. Still, every now and then Leibovich would reach out to Tom Brady to gauge his willingness to subject himself to a profile in the New York Times Magazine. He figured that the chances of Brady agreeing to this were a Hail Mary at best, but Leibovich kept trying, at least to indulge his fan-boy within. To his surprise, Brady returned the call, in the summer of 2014. He agreed to let Mark spend time with him through the coming season, which proved to be a fateful one for all parties. It included another epic Patriots Super Bowl win and, yes, a scandal involving Brady—Deflategate—whose grip on sports media was as profound as its true significance was ridiculous.
So began a four-year odyssey that has taken Mark Leibovich deeper inside the NFL than anyone has gone before. Ultimately, this is a chronicle of what may come to be seen as “peak football”—the high point of the sport’s economic success and cultural dominance, but also the moment when it all began to turn. From the owners meeting to the NFL draft to the sidelines of crucial games, he takes in the show, at the elbow of everyone from Brady to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to the NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, who is cordially hated by even casual football fans to an extent that is almost weird. It is an era of explosive revenue growth, as deluxe new stadiums spring up all over the country, but also one of creeping existential fear. Football was never thought to be easy on the body—players joke darkly that the NFL stands for “not for long” for good reason. But as the impact of concussions on brains became has become the inescapable ear-ring in the background, it became increasingly difficult to enjoy the simple glory of football without the buzz-kill of its obvious toll.
And that was before Donald Trump. In 2016, Mark Leibovich’s day job caught up with him, and the NFL slammed headlong into America’s culture wars. Big Game is a journey through an epic storm. Through it all, Leibovich always keeps one eye cocked on Tom Brady and his beloved Patriots, through to the end of the 2017-1018 season. Pro football, this hilarious and enthralling book proves, may not be the sport America needs, but it is most definitely the sport we deserve.
Bike Snob: Systematically & Mercilessly Realigning the World of Cycling$10.49 Add to cart
Cycling is exploding in a good way. Urbanites everywhere, from ironic hipsters to earth-conscious commuters, are taking to the bike like aquatic mammals to water. BikeSnobNYC cycling’s most prolific, well-known, hilarious, and anonymous blogger brings a fresh and humorous perspective to the most important vehicle to hit personal transportation since the horse. Bike Snob treats readers to a laugh-out-loud rant and rave about the world of bikes and their riders, and offers a unique look at the ins and outs of cycling, from its history and hallmarks to its wide range of bizarre practitioners. Throughout, the author lampoons the missteps, pretensions, and absurdities of bike culture while maintaining a contagious enthusiasm for cycling itself. Bike Snob is an essential volume for anyone who knows, is, or wants to become a cyclist.
Best Hikes Sedona: The Greatest Views, Desert Hikes, and Forest Strolls$16.49 Add to cart
Concise descriptions and detailed maps with 55 easy-to-follow trails, Best Hikes Sedona allows hikers of all levels to enjoy beautiful views, get fit in the outdoors, and learn about the region’s history. Best Hikes Sedona provides the latest information to plan a customized trip:
• Common and lesser-known hikes
• Full-color photos, maps, detailed trail descriptions, and trailhead GPS
• Insightful hike overviews, details on distance, difficulty, canine compatibility, and more
Basic Illustrated Winter Hiking and Camping$10.49 Add to cart
Richly photographed and information-packed tools for the novice or handy reference for the veteran, BASIC ILLUSTRATED books distill years of knowledge into affordable and visual guides. Whether you’re planning a trip or thumbing for facts in the field, the BASIC ILLUSTRATED series shows you what you need to know.BASIC ILLUSTRATED Winter Hiking and CampingDiscover how to: • Prepare for your trip • Choose proper equipment • Select safe and warm clothing • Make snow shelters and set up tents on snow • Cook delicious winter cuisine • Stay safe in the snowy backcountry • Make a winter camping repair kit
Basic Illustrated Snowshoeing$12.99 Add to cart
Richly photographed and information-packed tools for the novice or handy reference for the veteran, BASIC ILLUSTRATED books distill years of knowledge into affordable and visual guides. Whether you’re planning a trip of thumbing for facts in the field, the BASIC ILLUSTRATED series shows you what you need to know.
Best Hikes With Kids: Oregon$16.49 Add to cart
For this new and fully revised edition, veteran author Bonnie Henderson partnered with Zach Urness, hiker, writer, and parent of young children. Best Hikes with Kids: Oregon gets kids excited about the outdoors early, and creates in them a passion that lasts a lifetime. This second edition covers 121 hikes, most within an hour’s drive of major population centers—such as Portland, Salem, Ashland, and Bend. Other features of the guide include:
New “Great Getaways”—weekend or vacation destinations around the state with hiking trails and other family-fun activities
“Best of” lists that highlight groups of top 5 hikes with special features to help parents select trips their kids will enjoy
Improved access details, including GPS trailhead coordinates and info on permits and fees
Notes about barrier-free or ADA-accessible trails and suitability for jogging strollers
Tips and strategies for hiking with kids—how to motivate them, what’s appropriate for different ages, sidebars with games, nature facts, and more
Concise, accurate driving directions
Full color photos throughout
Be All In: Raising Kids for Success in Sports and Life$11.99 Add to cart
Soccer star and Olympic gold medalist Christie Pearce Rampone and sports neuropsychologist Dr. Kristine Keane share the best practices that athletes, parents, and coaches can use to turn the lessons learned through sports into lifelong skills. Sports offer a vital path for children to get healthy, self-confident, and social. In Be All In, three-time Olympic gold medalist, World Cup Champion, and US team captain Christie Pearce Rampone and sports neuropsychologist and brain health expert Dr. Kristine Keane offer practical, real world advice on how to handle the pressures felt by youth athletes, parents, and coaches today and provide kids with their best shot at reaching their dreams. In contrast to outdated adages like “no pain, no gain,” the ethos of “be all in” is about being authentically present in everything you do, on and off the field. Through a unique blend of neuroscience, parenting strategies, and wisdom gleaned from the extraordinary experiences of a world-class athlete, this transformative book explains how to create realistic expectations for kids, help them succeed in all aspects of their life, improve game day performance, and reduce the stress of dealing with their coaches, ambitions,and losses. With invaluable insight into parenting behaviors that may derail children’s performance despite best intentions, and concrete strategies for teaching accountability, confidence, self-efficacy, and resiliency, this fundamental guide has tips to support athletes of any age, sport, or level of competition.
Beginning Bodybuilding: Real Muscle/Real Fast$12.99 Add to cart
Prepare to look, feel, and perform better than you ever have before! Why bodybuilding? Put simply, lifting weights–or resistance training–is one of the best ways to achieve total body health and fitness. Research has shown time and again that pumping iron provides a host of benefits: Bigger muscles, of course, but also greater strength, higher bone density, and improved cardiovascular capacity. Adding muscle also naturally ignites your body’s internal fat-burners, increasing your metabolism while lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol. Oh yeah, and you’ll look terrific. Here’s all you need to start building serious muscle, including crucial information on: Complete workouts and techniques to maximize results Specific tips on achieving more defined abs, arms, legs, chest, and back, How bodybuilding is different and better than other training methods Basic anatomy and physiology “Gym jargon” via a special decoder How long and often you should work out–and how much recovery time your body needs
Badass Survival Secrets: Essential Skills to Survive Any Crisis$8.99 Add to cart
You’re a backpacker or a hunter lost in the woods after sundown; what do you do? Your car flips over on an empty highway; how will you survive until morning? If you were left alone in the middle of the wilderness, would you be able to make it? While current technology, such as cell phones and GPS, is helpful, when you are lost in the wilderness the best things you can rely on are your own skills. Badass Survival Secrets will introduce you to everything that you need to survive when the unexpected happens. In this book you’ll learn basic survival skills such as:
• How to build a fire
• How to find clean water
• How to find food that is safe to eat
• How to build a shelter
• Basic navigation
• And many more useful skills!
From the forest, to the tundra, and everywhere in between, Badass Survival Secrets contains all that you need to become a badass survivalist expert.
Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Sports Publishing imprint, is proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in sports—books about baseball, pro football, college football, pro and college basketball, hockey, or soccer, we have a book about your sport or your team.
In addition to books on popular team sports, we also publish books for a wide variety of athletes and sports enthusiasts, including books on running, cycling, horseback riding, swimming, tennis, martial arts, golf, camping, hiking, aviation, boating, and so much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
Backgammon for Tigers$0.00 Add to cart
Backgammon for Tigers offers solid practical advice and demonstrates techniques that will develop an early awareness of the tactics and strategies used by strong players. The book covers all aspects of a solid game throughout the beginning, middle and end phases. There are over 50 game positions provided, accompanied by key tables with analyses, and explanations given of just what was going on in the minds of the players. The reader will end up with a set of straightforward tools and ideas to carry into every game with a growing sense of knowing what they were doing – more or less, or at least sometimes, perhaps… This book will be a valuable aid to any beginner wishing to explore online backgammon. You will play better backgammon after reading this book
Basic Illustrated Using GPS$10.49 Add to cart
Richly illustrated and information-packed tools for anyone whose play or work takes them to remote areas. Basic Illustrated Using GPS, 3rd is a guide to practical field use of the Global Positioning System, written in simple language, with each new term explained as it’s used. This book is a wealth of useful backcountry navigation advice for beginners and experts alike. It also includes information on using GPS with the latest mapping software.Disocver how to: • Pick the best GPS receiver for your specific needs • Read and pregrid topographic maps • Identify waypoints with various coordinate systems • Use GPS to navigate on land and water • Create your own maps with GPS software
The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse$11.99 Add to cart
The New York Times bestselling author of Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football “knocks it out of the park” (Vanity Fair) in this captivating blend of sports reportage and memoir, exploring the history of the 2016 World Series champions, the Chicago Cubs.
When Rich Cohen was eight years old, his father took him to see a Cubs game. On the way out of the park, his father asked him to make a promise. “Promise me you will never be a Cubs fan. The Cubs do not win,” he explained, “and because of that, a Cubs fan will have a diminished life determined by low expectations. That team will screw up your life.”
Cohen became not just a Cubs fan but one of the biggest Cubs fans in the world. In this book, he captures the story of the team, its players and crazy days. Billy Sunday and Ernie Banks, Three Finger Brown and Ryne Sandberg, Bill Buckner, the Bartman Ball, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo—the early dominance followed by a 107 year trek across the wilderness. It’s all here, in The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse—not just what happened, but what it felt like and what it meant.
Featuring extensive interviews with players, owners, and coaches, this mix of memoir, reporting, history, and baseball theology—forty years in the making—has never been written because it never could be. Only with the 2016 World Series can the true arc of the story finally be understood.
Coastal Trails of Southern California: Including Best Dog Friendly Beaches$16.49 Add to cart
Coastal Trails of Southern California Including Best Dog Friendly Beaches is a hiking guide to forty of the best coastal trails in Southern California including dog friendly beaches. Look inside for detailed hike descriptions, miles and directions, maps, and color photos for each hike. Hike descriptions also include history, local trivia, and trailhead GPS coordinates.
The Chomolungma Diaries: Climbing Mount Everest With a Commercial Expedition$3.99 Add to cart
In April 2012 Mark Horrell travelled to Tibet hoping to become, if not the first person to climb Mount Everest, at least the first Karl Pilkington lookalike to do so.
He joined a mountaineering expedition which included an Australian sexagenarian, two Brits whose idea of hydration meant a box of red wine, and a New Zealander who enjoyed reminding his teammates of the perils of altitude sickness and the number of ways they might die on summit day.
The media often write about Mount Everest deaths and how easy the world’s highest mountain has become to climb, but how accurately does this reflect reality?
The Chomolungma Diaries is a true story of ordinary people climbing Mount Everest with a commercial expedition, and preparing for the biggest day of their lives.
Imagine your life clipped into a narrow line of cord five miles above the earth, on the world’s most terrifying ridge walk. This book will bring you just a little bit closer to that experience.
The Clinch$8.99 Add to cart
With its complete focus on a single fighting position, this handbook unsparingly examines the clinch. In the clinch, the no-holds-barred combat techniques of striking and grappling meet, posing new challenges and calling for new strategies. With these detailed explanations of each aspect of positioning in the clinch, fighters can set up their own clinch takedowns and beat those used against them in the ring. The unique striking tools, protection strategies, and takedowns the clinch requires are explained for both offense and defense, moving smoothly between each fighting element to maximize advantage. A clinch situation is an inevitability in NHB fighting, and this reference gives fighters the most complete education in turning the clinch to their advantage.
Carlo Ancelotti: The Beautiful Game of an Ordinary Genius$13.99 Add to cart
The entertaining, revealing, and controversial bestselling autobiography of one of the most respected figures in the world of soccer. Carlo Ancelotti is one of only six people to have won the Champions League—European soccer’s most coveted trophy—as both player and coach. After a successful career playing for several of the most important teams in Italy—and for the Italian national team—Ancelotti went on to become one of the most acclaimed and outspoken coaches in European football, managing Italian giants Parma, Juventus, and Milan before moving to Chelsea, one of the Premier League’s most successful clubs, in 2009. The book moves from anecdotes of his life growing up in Reggio Emilia to stories of his time playing among the best footballers in the world. With a characteristic mixture of sharp insight and humor, Ancelotti explores the differences between the Italian and the English games, shares his thoughts on soccer’s future with the MLS in America, and reflects on the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. With a preface by the legendary former captain of the Italian national team, Paolo Maldini, this book is at once a tactician’s bible from one of the world’s most celebrated footballing minds, the fascinating story of an ordinary man reaching great heights, and in part a revealing tell-all from an outspoken insider in the cut-throat world of European soccer. The perfect book for anyone with a passion for the beautiful game.
Coach’s Guide to Game-Winning Softball Drills: Developing the Essential Skills in Every Player$13.99 Add to cart
“Mastering these drills will arm your players with one of the biggest intangibles necessary to perform well–confidence.” –Michele Smith Two-time Olympic gold medalist and Hall of Fame pitcher Michele Smith throws one right down the middle with this big collection of more than 250 skill-building drills developed especially for coaches of fast-pitch recreation league, travel ball, and high school softball players, ages eight to eighteen. Straight from the Michele Smith Gold Camps and Clinics, these drills are designed to give you all the tools you need to teach the entire range of offensive and defensive softball skills. With Michele’s expert guidance and instruction, you’ll coach your players to: Master the mechanics of footwork for fielding with hustle Swing for the fences and hit the fastest pitches Catch the ball proactively and throw it quickly and accurately to its target Defend the infield and outfield with speed and confidence Run the bases swiftly and strategically Refine fast-pitch skills so they can windmill like Michele And much more
Champions League Dreams$1.99 Add to cart
This is a stimulating and deeply insightful football narrative by Rafa Benitez which focuses on the legendary manager’s dramatic six Champions League campaigns with Liverpool. Rafa expertly navigates fans through intriguing European adventures that embrace the triumph and despair of two Champions League finals, three semi-finals and five quarter-finals in what was a golden era for the Anfield club – an era that supporters felt gave them their pride back after years in the wilderness. What sets this apart is the unique ways in which Rafa allows fans into his high-pressured world, the fascinating glimpses he offers of a top manager’s thought processes and decision making during the cut and thrust of a high-octane European campaign. Understand how a great manager prepares for, then executes, a master-plan for European success.
Coaching Basketball for Dummies$15.00 Add to cart
So you’re thinking about volunteering to coach youth basketball? Great! You’re in for a fun, rewarding experience. Whether you’re new to the sport and looking for some guidance or you’re a seasoned coach hunting for some fresh tips, Coaching Basketball For Dummies will help you command the court with confidence.
Each friendly chapter is packed with expert advice on teaching the basics of basketball—from dribbling and shooting to rebounding and defending—and guiding your kids to a fun-filled, stress-free season. You get a crash course in the rules and regulations of the game, as well as clear explanations of what all those lines, circles, and half-circle markings mean on the court. You’ll assign team positions, run great practices, and work with both beginning and intermediate players of different age groups. You’ll also see how to ramp up your players’ skills and lead your team effectively during a game. This book will also help you discover how to:
Develop your coaching philosophy
Understand your league’s rules
Conduct a preseason parents’ meeting—crucial for opening the lines of communication
Teach offensive and defensive strategies
Keep your kids healthy and injury-free
Encourage good sportsmanship
Make critical half-time adjustments during a game
Help struggling players
Address discipline problems and handle difficult parents
Coach an All-Star or Travel team
Complete with numerous offensive and defensive drills and tips for helping your kids relax before a game, Coaching Basketball For Dummies is the fun and easy way to get the score on this worthwhile endeavor!