More Than Just a Game

More Than Just a Game

Author: Chuck Korr

Publisher: Macmillan

Published: 2010-04-27

Total Pages: 357

ISBN-13: 1429922761

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Timed perfectly for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Chuck Korr and Marvin Close's More Than Just a Game tells the timeless true story of how political prisoners under apartheid found hope and dignity through soccer. In the hell that was Robben Island, inmates united courageously in an act of protest. Beginning in 1964, they requested the right to play soccer during their exercise periods. Denied repeatedly, they risked beatings and food deprivation by repeating their request for three years. Finally granted this right, the prisoners banded together to form a multi-tiered, pro-level league that ran for more than two decades and served as an impassioned symbol of resistance against apartheid. Former Robben Island inmate Nelson Mandela noted in the documentary FIFA: 90 Minutes for Mandela, "Soccer is more than just a game.... The energy, passion, and dedication this game created made us feel alive and triumphant despite the situation we found ourselves in."


But It's Just a Game

But It's Just a Game

Author: Julia Cook

Publisher: National Center for Youth Issues

Published: 2013-09-10

Total Pages: 33

ISBN-13: 1937870936

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"But Mom, it's just a game." Meet Jasper! A young boy who is totally absorbed with playing video games... "With my game controller in my hands, I'm the boss of my whole world! I can be who I want and do as I please. I can get the highest score. I get all the chances that I need. If I make a mistake it's ok. Everyone thinks I'm 'it on a stick!' And the bad stuff all goes away." Video game addiction is on the rise, but it can be prevented. This creative story book teaches both kids and adults how to switch out their game controller for a "life controller." Video gaming is becoming a part of our culture, and we must be strategic in creating a healthy gaming balance.


It's Not Just a Game

It's Not Just a Game

Author: Eric Crookshank

Publisher: Nimbus Publishing (CN)

Published: 2012

Total Pages: 0

ISBN-13: 9781551099590

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Where I am today all started from the bottom. I want to tell the story of my journey from there to here.Refusing to become a victim of his circumstances, Eric Crookshank went from a child counting his father's drug money to a university graduate with a degree in business administration; from a benched teenager with dreams of conquering the basketball court to the captain of the National Basketball League of Canada's Halifax Rainmen.Eric Crookshank has become a role model to a new generation of basketball players, both on and off the court. In this powerful story, Crookshank invites us to experience the highs and lows of his life so far as he overcomes adversity and grows into a leader.--Alison Jenkins


Seven Games: A Human History

Seven Games: A Human History

Author: Oliver Roeder

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Published: 2022-01-25

Total Pages: 326

ISBN-13: 1324003782

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A group biography of seven enduring and beloved games, and the story of why—and how—we play them. Checkers, backgammon, chess, and Go. Poker, Scrabble, and bridge. These seven games, ancient and modern, fascinate millions of people worldwide. In Seven Games, Oliver Roeder charts their origins and historical importance, the delightful arcana of their rules, and the ways their design makes them pleasurable. Roeder introduces thrilling competitors, such as evangelical minister Marion Tinsley, who across forty years lost only three games of checkers; Shusai, the Master, the last Go champion of imperial Japan, defending tradition against “modern rationalism”; and an IBM engineer who created a backgammon program so capable at self-learning that NASA used it on the space shuttle. He delves into the history and lore of each game: backgammon boards in ancient Egypt, the Indian origins of chess, how certain shells from a particular beach in Japan make the finest white Go stones. Beyond the cultural and personal stories, Roeder explores why games, seemingly trivial pastimes, speak so deeply to the human soul. He introduces an early philosopher of games, the aptly named Bernard Suits, and visits an Oxford cosmologist who has perfected a computer that can effectively play bridge, a game as complicated as human language itself. Throughout, Roeder tells the compelling story of how humans, pursuing scientific glory and competitive advantage, have invented AI programs better than any human player, and what that means for the games—and for us. Funny, fascinating, and profound, Seven Games is a story of obsession, psychology, history, and how play makes us human.


Never Just a Game

Never Just a Game

Author: Robert F. Burk

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

Published: 2001-03-01

Total Pages: 308

ISBN-13: 9780807849613

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America's national pastime has been marked from its inception by bitter struggles between owners and players over profit, power, and prestige. In this book, the first installment of a highly readable, comprehensive labor history of baseball, Robert Burk d


More Than Just a Game

More Than Just a Game

Author: Madison Moore

Publisher:

Published: 2021

Total Pages: 32

ISBN-13: 9780807552711

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A look at how Black players came to shine on the basketball court.


Not a Game

Not a Game

Author: Kent Babb

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Published: 2016-06-21

Total Pages: 320

ISBN-13: 1476778973

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Allen Iverson transcended race, celebrity, and pop culture and emerged from a troubled past to become one of the most successful and highly compensated athletes in the world. Babb examines what drove his successes and failures, getting behind the familiar, sanitized, and heroic version of Iverson-- the hard-charging, hard-partying athlete who played every game as if it were his last. He brings to life a private, loyal, and often generous Allen Iverson who rarely made the headlines, revealing the back story behind some of Iverson's most memorable moments, and delves deep to discover where Iverson's demons lurked. Over time, Iverson himself came to believe his own hype: that he lived in a world where celebrity is eternal and riches are everlasting.


Bodies Built for Game

Bodies Built for Game

Author: Natalie Diaz

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

Published: 2019-10

Total Pages: 328

ISBN-13: 1496219120

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Sport has always been central to the movements of both the nation-state and the people who resist that nation-state. Think of the Roman Colosseum, Jesse Owens’s four gold-medal victories in the 1936 Nazi Olympics, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s protest at the 1968 Olympics, and the fallout Colin Kaepernick suffered as a result of his recent protest on the sidelines of an NFL game. Sport is a place where the body and the mind are the most dangerous because they are allowed to be unified as one energy. Bodies Built for Game brings together poems, essays, and stories that challenge our traditional ideas of sport and question the power structures that athletics enforce. What is it that drives us to athletics? What is it that makes us break our own bodies or the bodies of others as we root for these unnatural and performed victories? Featuring contributions from a diverse group of writers, including Hanif Abdurraqib, Fatimah Asghar, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Louise Erdrich, Toni Jensen, Ada Limón, Tommy Orange, Claudia Rankine, Danez Smith, and Maya Washington, this book challenges America by questioning its games.


It Isn't Just a Game

It Isn't Just a Game

Author: Owen Schoenfeld

Publisher: Tate Publishing

Published: 2009-12

Total Pages: 140

ISBN-13: 1607990768

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Alex and Corey had a great setup. One would watch the White Sox game on TV, while the other would play as the White Sox in the latest sports videogame. It worked out great for the first outs, as the videogame's strikeouts matched those of the real players. However, when the game stays mysteriously tied to the events of the actual game, Alex and Corey begin to wonder if it's more than coincidence. Imaginations run wild as they plan their summer around the gamea "they're on a winning streak and they can't afford for the Sox to lose! Could they possibly help the Sox win the World Series? Is it possible that It Isn't Just a Game? Join the authors in this exciting tale of how a game can be more than just a game."


The Game Is Not a Game

The Game Is Not a Game

Author: Robert Scoop Jackson

Publisher:

Published: 2020-03-03

Total Pages: 180

ISBN-13: 9781642590968

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THE GAME IS NOT A GAME IS AN INSIGHTFUL, UNAPOLOGETIC EXPOSÉ OF THE INTERSECTION OF SPORTS, CULTURE, AND POLITICS FROM VETERAN JOURNALIST ROBERT SCOOP JACKSON.