While every sport has a library you can turn to for technique, history, rules, recommended gear, and any other number of things, there are few books that capture the essence of what a sport is about. Not the nuts and bolts, but the sort of inside dope, whether fiction or non-, that the outside world could never understand but that those devoted few, whether in the grip of competition or mere nostalgia, cling to like sport-specific bibles. These are our picks for the 11 best.
Cult Sport Books: Football
by Dan Jenkins
Though 'Semi-Tough' tells the comedic story of New York Giants halfback Billy Clyde Puckett and his buddies on the eve of the Super Bowl, it might better be understood as a literary descendant of Twain's 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' – a once-in-a-lifetime evocation of an American character, dialect, and way of life.