Tuesday, March 31, 2015

NY Times Bestseller List (NonFiction) March 29th 2015

New York Times Bestseller List
Hardback NonFiction
Top Ten
Week Ending March 29th 2015

10 - Our Kids - Robert D. Putnam
A social scientist argues that income inequality is creating an "opportunity gap" for poor children that is destroying the American dream.

9 - Bettyville - George Hodgman
A New York editor returns to his Missouri hometown to care for his aging mother.

8 - Girl In A Band - Kim Gordon
(3 weeks on list)

7  -  What If? - Randall Munroe
(28 weeks on list)

6  -  H Is For Hawk - Helen Macdonald
(4 weeks on list)

5  -  Yes Please - Amy Poehler
(20 weeks on list)

4  -  Killing Patton - Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
(25 weeks on list)

A memoir by the ESPN anchor and commentator who died of cancer in January 2015.

2  -  Being Mortal - Atul Gawande
(23 weeks on list) (Last week's #1)


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Happy Birthday Cale Yarborough

March 27th 2015 was the 76th birthday of racing legend 
Cale Yarborough.

Cale was the first driver to win 3 consecutive NASCAR Winston Cup Championships (1976, 1977, 1978)
He won 4 Daytona 500 races (1968, 1977, 1983 and 1984)
In 1967 he was voted NASCAR's most popular driver
He holds the modern NASCAR record for most pole wins in one season (14) in 1980
Winner of 4 Daytona Firecracker 400 races 
(1967, 1968, 1976, 1981)
In 2012 he was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Top 10 Horror Movies: 1980s

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sports Illustrated Cover of the Week

April 3rd 1978
Kentucky wins the NCAA Basketball championship
Jack "Goose" Givens scores 40 to lead the Wildcats over the Duke Blue Devils.

Dr. J (Julius Erving)

The short lived but much loved and colorful ABA (American Basketball Association) gave us one of if not the best basketball player ever.  The Doctor, Dr. J, Julius Erving literally jumped on to the American sport scene with his never before seen high flying dunks and big hair along with grace, skill and his off the chart shooting ability.

(winning his 2nd MVP trophy in 1975)

His ABA career started with the Virginia Squires but he soon landed in New York with the New York Nets and became the face of ABA and winning the ABA MVP Award 3 consecutive years: 1974, 1975 and 1976. 
 He did share the award in 1975 with George "Big Mac" McGinnis of the Indiana Pacers.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

NY Times Bestseller List (Fiction) March 22nd 2015

New York Times Bestseller List
Hardback Fiction
Top 10
Week Ending March 22nd 2015

10 - Mightier Than The Sword - Jeffrey Archer
(2 weeks on list)
In the 5th volume of the Clifton Chronicles, Harry Clifton becomes president of English PEN and works to free a Soviet writer.

9  -  The Whites - Richard Prince writing as Harry Brandt
(3 weeks on list)

8  -  Dead Heat - Patricia Briggs
Charles and Anna, married werewolves, must stop a dangerous Fae whom they encounter what begins as a pleasure trip. Book 4 of the Alpha and Omega series.

7  - Prodigal Son - Danielle Steel
(2 weeks on list)
Twins, one good and one bad, reunited after 20 years when one of them returns to their hometown.

6  -  The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah
(5 weeks on list)

5  -  The Assassin - Clive Cussler
The detective Isaac Bell investigates the murders of opponents of the Standard Oil trust in 1905.

4  - A Spool of Blue Thread - Anne Tyler
(4 weeks on list)

3  -  Buried Giant - Kazuo Ishiguro
In a semi-historical ancient Britain, an elderly couple set out in search of their son.

2  -  All The Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
(44 weeks on list)

1  -  The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
(8 weeks on list) (7 consecutive weeks at #1)
A psychological thriller set in London.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Ralph Sampson

In 1981, 1982 and 1983 Ralph Sampson of the University of Virginia won the Adolph Rupp Award, Oscar Robertson Award and The Naismith Award as college basketball's player of the year.

In 1982 and 1983 he also included The John Wooden Award as player of the year.  The Sporting News picked him as Player of the Year in 1982

In his freshman year he led the Virginia Cavaliers to the 1980 NIT Championship and in 1981 he took them to the NCAA Final Four.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Sports Illustrated Cover of the Week

Sports Illustrated
June 10th 1985

38 year old Kareem Abdul-Jabbar becomes the oldest winner of the NBA Finals MVP trophy.

Kareem led his Los Angeles Lakes to a 4 games to 2 win over the defending NBA champion Boston Celtics and it was the Lakers first Finals ever win over the Celtics.

Abdul Jabbar would average 30.2 points, 11.3 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2 blocks to win his 2nd Finals MVP Trophy, his first was in 1971 after guiding the Milwaukee Bucks to their 1st and only NBA Championship.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

NY Times Best Seller List (Hardback Fiction) 03/01/2015

New York Times Bestseller List
Hardback Fiction Top 10
Week Ending March 1st 2015

10 - Twelve Days - Alex Berenson
The former C.I.A. operative John Wells discovers a plot to trick the president into invading Iran.

9  -  Gray Mountain - John Grisham 
(17 weeks on list)

8  -  Private Vegas - James Patterson
(3 weeks on list)

7  -  Motive - Jonathan Kellerman
The LA psychologist-detective Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis, a homicide cop, realize that the murder they're investigating was committed by a serial killer.

6  -  Trigger Warning - Neil Gaiman
(2 weeks on list)
Stories and poems about the power of imagination.

5  -  The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah
(2 weeks on list)
Two sisters in WWII France: one struggling to survive in the countryside, the other joining the Resistance in Paris.

4  -  A Spool of Blue Thread - Anne Tyler
Four generations of a family are drawn to a house in the Baltimore suburbs.

3  -  Obsession in Death - J.D. Robb
A murderer is obsessed with Lt. Eve Dallas.

2  -  All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
(41 weeks on list)

1  -  The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
A psychological thriller set in London is full of complications and betrayals.
(5 weeks on list) (4 consecutive weeks at #1)