RAFI KOHAN, The Arena
The American sports stadium, for all its raucous glory, is an overlooked centerpiece―a veritable temple―of our national culture. A hallowed ground for communal worship, this is where history is made on grass, artificial turf, hardwood, and even ice; where nostalgia flows as freely as ten-dollar beers; where everything thrills, from exploding fireworks to grinning cheerleaders. In The Arena, intrepid sportswriter Rafi Kohan crisscrosses the country, journeying from one beloved monument to the next.
If you’ve ever wondered how they coordinate those fighter jet flyovers with the national anthem, how many hot dogs they serve in a day at Citi Field, how boozy pregame tailgates are kept in line, or what on earth AstroTurf is made of, look no further.
GARY BELSKY, Up Your Game
Gary Belsky, the former editor in chief of ESPN The Magazine, offers the ultimate sports handbook for those who’d like to sound smart and play smarter. This compendium of the tricks, techniques, and unwritten rules every sports fan needs includes everything from naming your fantasy team to betting with friends, doing a proper high five to investing in memorabilia, winning at arm wrestling to hosting a Super Bowl party, and so much more. Belsky and Up Your Game! will get you in the know in no time.
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