Sunday, March 28, 2010

Boston Hardcore-Czech Hockey Connection Revealed

I think this is some early version of HC Sparta Praha. No clue what the "SSD" stands for, though. Taken from one of too many old Czechoslovakian magazines that I've got lying around.

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#10 -- "Soccernomics" by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski

#11 -- "The Final Solution" by Michael Chabon

I might have more to write about an aspect of "Soccernomics" later, but I'm hesitant to make any promises since I usually don't follow through. It's lighter fare than Kuper's other books; as you might imagine, it's applying Freakonomics principles to soccer. It's good fun, not too terribly serious, and I imagine it would make for some interesting arguments during the forthcoming World Cup if my knowledge of the game was a bit deeper.

"Final Solution" is a Sherlock Holmes homage by one of today's best writers. It's short and quick, and while the mystery isn't much -- I guessed the various twists pretty much immediately -- it's wonderfully written. I know there's a few Chabon books out there that I haven't read, and I should set about rectifying that.

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