As far as the best sports books, two to me are head and shoulders above the rest.
The first is John Feinstein’s “A Season on the Brink,” his fascinating look inside the Indiana basketball program and, in particular, coach Bobby Knight, a unique and polarizing personality. Feinstein was given tremendous access, which Knight probably regrets. The result is an utterly absorbing book.
The second is H.G. Bissinger’s “Friday Night Lights,” in which he tells the story of the 1988 Permian High School football team in Odessa Texas. The book was made into a decent movie and an outstanding television show — the best currently on the air in my opinion. The book is equal parts inside-sports look and sociological study, and it stays with the reader long after the final page has been closed.