BSB Quarantine Survival Guide

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.

Hockey Books

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)

Hockey Movies

Mike: Red Army

Kevin: Mystery Alaska

Adam: Slapshot

Jack: Slapshot

Shayna: The Mighty Ducks

Brianna: Miracle

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

Mike: Warrior

Kevin: A League of Their Own

Adam: The Sandlot

Jack: 42

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

Any Books

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

Any Movies

Mike: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Kevin: Letters From Iwo Jima

Adam: Mean Girls, obviously.

Jack: Casino

Shayna: Moonstruck

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!