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The 15 Most Memorable Books I Read in 2017

Why most memorable? Because “best” and “top” in my opinion aren’t really helpful when it comes to book recommendations. Some books make an impact. Some don’t. These did. As you’ll see, many of these books were not published this year. A few were holdovers from last year that I never got to and a few more were books that I’ve always wanted to read that …

Jon Finkel’s Highly-Anticipated Charlie Ward Biography Has Arrived

Jon Finkel Charlie Ward Biography

One year, 100,000+ words, one Tony Dungy and one Jeff Van Gundy endorsement later and here it is, my new biography of Heisman Trophy Winner, Florida State National Champion and New York Knicks point guard Charlie Ward. I absolutely LOVED writing this book. From home cooked meals with Charlie’s parents in Thomasville, Georgia to running on his high school field to conversations with Mark Richt …

How a Typo Ruined My First Playoff Interview with an NBA Superstar

Let me start off with a little background: It’s the 2002 NBA Western Conference Finals between the Shaq-Kobe Lakers and the C-Webb, Vlade, Mike Bibby, Sacramento Kings – the team that Shaq famously called the “Queens”. Back then, I was dividing my time between writing cover stories and features for Men’s Fitness and writing columns for a then-fledgling basketball website called HoopsHype.com. If you’re a …