With New York’s numbers continuing to rapidly climb towards the apex, the PAUSE on New York has been extended until April 15th. We here at Blueshirt Banter hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy during this unsure time.
The safest choice we can make for ourselves and others, if you can, is to stay home. While we wait for the return of not just hockey but all sports, the BSB staff decided to put together a roundtable of movie and book suggestions to keep you busy while quarantining. We have three categories, hockey, all sports, and any, with two sub-categories in each consisting of books and movies.
Mike: Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard by John Branch
Kevin: Breakaway by Tal Pinchevsky or The Russian Five by Keith Gave
Adam: Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard by John Branch
Jack: Ice Capades: A Memoir of Fast Living and Tough Hockey by Sean Avery
Shayna: Game Change by Ken Dryden
Brianna: 99: Stories of the Game by Wayne Gretzky
Tom: The Game by Ken Dryden or Ice Capades: A Memoir of Fast Living and Tough Hockey by Sean Avery (both available as audio books read by the author)
Mike: Red Army
Kevin: Mystery Alaska
Shayna: The Mighty Ducks
Tom: MVP: Most Valuable Primate
Any Sports Books
Mike: Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis
Kevin: Banzai Babe Ruth by Robert K. Fitts
Adam: Das Reboot: How German Football Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World by Raphael Honigstein
Jack: The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance by Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr.
Shayna: I would have said Astroball: The New Way to Win It All, BUT it turns out their new way of winning was sign stealing so.... ‘America Game’ by Michael MacCambridge is another that gave a great in-depth look to the NFL’s history.
Brianna: The Closer: My Story by Mariano Rivera
Tom: I’m Keith Hernandez by Keith Hernandez
Any Sports Movie
Kevin: A League of Their Own
Adam: The Sandlot
Shayna: Since A League of Their Own has been taken... as a nerd, Moneyball. Also, Bring It On.
Brianna: I was going to say A League of Their Own but my second suggestion is We Are Marshall.
Tom: Cinderella Man
Mike: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
Kevin: The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre
Adam: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Jack: Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Shayna: A Time to Kill by John Grisham
Brianna: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo or Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Tom: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
Mike: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Kevin: Letters From Iwo Jima
Adam: Mean Girls, obviously.
Brianna: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
Tom: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
We also want to thank all of the doctors, nurses, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, and all those working in the medical and healthcare fields for their continued fight against this virus. Additionally, we want to extend safe wishes to the essential workers such as those working in grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants open for takeout or delivery, and all the other who do not get to work from home.
If you have any suggestions of your own, maybe video games, please put them in the comments!