Bob Costas wrote that if you are sports fan then you are an admirer of Neil Leifer. The reason for this being that for over 5 decades we have been seeing the pictures taken by Leifer and had our impressions, and our memories, shaped by them. It was way back in 1958 that journalist Leifer captured the moment that is still his most famous picture to day. Alan Ameche got the sudden death touchdown to win the championship game against the NY Giants. It was also Leifer's 16th birthday. This game, hailed as the greatest ever, is hailed as the one that brought football to prominence and changed it from one with half empty stadiums to sell outs. Guts And Glory ($33) is a wonderful tribute to this beautiful game by the best man for the job.
The Games That Changed The Game ($12) by Ron Jaworkski, takes and in depth look at seven games that changed the way football was and still is played today. Each of these games introduces new coaching schemes and ideologies whose impacts can still be felt. Each game is described quarter by quarter and key plays are described in detail with supporting diagrams. Some of the things you learn are how the West Coast offense came to life, how Buddy Ryans 46 defense was born, and profiles like one on Don Coryell, the father of the wide-open, "go-deep" passing blitzkrieg. If you love football, then this is a most have book for any collection.
I love the way certain brands are reinterpreted in typically non-related industries. Walt Siegl has done an excellent job interpreting Puma's brand into an awesome Walt Siegl X Puma Ducati 900 SS ($TBA). The original bike was a 1993 Ducati SS. The bikes 989 cc engine was reused and updated with new pistons, valves and belts. The body is made from kevlar-carbon and the exhaust is stainless steel with an Italian Mivv muffler. The gold, red white and blue palette finishes off this wonderful work of art.(more…)
Michael Symon is a restauranteur, a celebrity chef and a well known meat lover, He heads two hugely popular TV shows; the Food Network's Iron Chef America and The Chew on ABC. In Michael Symon's Carnivore ($23), he shares his vast wealth of knowledge as well as over 100 killer recipes for chops, wings, steaks and many lesser known cuts. Americans love Michael Symon. He has a big and charismatic personality and produced seriously mouthwatering food. There is one thing he is known for above all else however, and this is adoration of meat. He is a devoted and dedicated carnivore and if you are off the same ilk, this is the book for you.
It seems there's a lot of development going on in the area of bottle openers nowadays, and we've got one more for you. The DropCatch Senior ($60) just dropped on Kickstarter and they've developed a beautifully functional bottle opener. The DropCatch is made with walnut , steel, and those rare earth magnets you've heard so much about. Three coats of varnish protects the wood and the magnets catch the caps before they hit the ground. The DropCatch Senior holds up to 51 caps, while the Junior ($40) will hold 15. Check out this video to see just how much fun a bottle opener can be.
Every guy I know has a favorite beer drinking glass, whether it's a classic German Beer Stein or an Irish pint glass for their favorite stout. We all have a go to when the suds start pouring. The gents over at Northern Drinkware want their Oregon Pint Glass ($35) to be your new favorite. Their first product is 100% made in America and custom blown with a 3D rendering of Oregon's highest peak at 11,250 feet, molded into the base. They've got a Kickstarter campaign going on right now to fund the project. So if you're in the market for a new favorite beer glass, check out the Oregon Pint Glass.