With the passing of Thanksgiving and the onset of December, we now enter into the truly manic phase of our gifting calendar. This is it folks — the World Series Of Shopping. Time to get your game plan together. Time to get out to an early lead, take the air out of the ball, and make this an easy W. In that spirit, here are a handful of gift ideas for the sports inclined in your life.
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'Will Big League Baseball Survive?'
In 2016 we asked the question as to whether or not the great Western powers will survive globalization, and the answer was: probably not. But what about baseball? And what's more important, really? In this fascinating survey, author Lincoln Mitchell discusses the remarkable multi-national reach of the sport and weighs the different factors that may cause the game to thrive or decline in the face of shifting economic models.
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Repurposed Iconic Treasures
Did you ever want to own a piece of living sports history but felt weird putting, say, a goalpost in your home? The good people at Tokens & Icons have tackled this conundrum head on, by repurposing game-worn uniforms, parts of vintage arenas and old baseballs, footballs and other gear used in classic games into wallets, watches and other practical, wearable items. It's cool, it's eco-friendly, it's the football from Super Bowl XLVI turned into cuff links!
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Wooden Tennis Rackets
Modern tennis is thoroughly weaponized and only becoming more so. With the constant advances in racket technology, it is only a matter of time before the sport evolves to the point where every served ball vaporizes on impact the moment it is struck, which will require adjustments in the rules. You know what was really fun? Back when men were men, and rackets were wood, and cunning and finesse were as important as brute force. That was good enough for Rod Laver and Arthur Ashe and John McEnroe, and it's good enough for you. Check it out!
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Fly Fishing Vest
Look, I don't know anything about fly fishing. But I feel like I SHOULD. I should get into it. Thus, I have been in consultation with the publishers of Tail Magazine, the official publication of the fly game, and they have recommended this rad vest for aspiring anglers. Known to be lightweight, water repellent, and wearable all year long.
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'Belichick and Brady: Two Men, The Patriots and How They Revolutionized Football'
Love or hate them, the Patriots are the greatest NFL franchise in recent memory, dominating year after year despite a league-mandated emphasis on parity at all costs. Michael Holley's fascinating look into the personalities and dynamics between the two secretive men most responsible for that sustained success is half Season On The Brink and half All The President's Men.
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A Football Life DVD Package
For those of you who've not seen the NFL Network's stalwart A Football Life series, just about every episode is an essential window into our national preoccupation. Operating with admirable candor while assessing subjects ranging from the sainted Tom Landry to the decidedly sinful John Riggins, it scrubs admirably away at the polished artifice that is the league's typical posture.