I cannot help but notice that so many of the sports books mentioned in our text have a theme of the main character trying to stand up against the more negative aspects of organized sports. Is this part of the game of life? Is what we see in organized sports a representation of life.... business, the anything goes for success mentality? And it seems that the football players really take the worst of it...being depicted as young men who get away with horrible things because of their elevated status as football players.
And while I am being negative, where are the girl sports books? In both lists (textbook and the list in our assignment) there were only two girl sports books....Bend It Like Beckham and Dairy Queen (both really good ones!!) The nonfiction list in the text at least had a few more about women athletes.