The best books about sports are seldom just about sports. Instead, they tell stories about individuals who overcame enormous challenges to achieve primacy in an ultra-competitive, ultra-public setting.

Conflict reveals character, and sports is constant conflict.

Ever wonder where the word agony comes from?

It comes from the Greek word…


So on Sunday I got dehydrated while running the Boston Marathon, and only finished ten miles before I was cooked.

So frustrating.

But along the way, something remarkable happened and I want to share it with you.

My friend and mentor Lee Brower suggests that we ask ourselves, “To whose…


If you believe that the earth has just twelve years, or maybe eleven by now, or if you believe that human activity is propelling climate change in dangerous ways, I beg of you to read this new book. …


Here are my final thoughts after the weekend of final matches at the U.S. Open, after having attended a record (for me) four times.

They say that anyone who was told even once that they were good looking moved to Los Angeles, but you could say the same thing about…


When you’re remembering the fallen tomorrow, September 11th, please remember to say a prayer for my friend Rob Klingon.

The name is real.

Rob’s dad, now ninety-nine, went to Columbia with Gene Roddenberry, who created a TV show called Star Trek, and appropriated his college buddy’s last name.

Rob and…


I have no idea what’s happening in the world, and I like it that way.

This is strange, because I’ve been a news junkie from the time I was a 10-year-old kid.

I was so fearful as a child that I set my clock radio to the news station, the…


Tell an Italian his wife looks like a prostitute and he’ll punch you in the nose. Tell a Jewish woman she looks a prostitute and she’ll think it’s a compliment. She’ll say, “Really?!”

Jackie Mason, the greatest comedian and performer of my lifetime and yours, passed away Sunday at the…


If there’s an Ivy Leaguer in your world, you definitely want to give that person Lions, Tigers, and…Bulldogs? An unofficial guide to the legends and lore of the Ivy League by Matt Robinson (available at www.lionstigersbulldogs.com).

The book is only about 30 pages long, but it’s packed with fun and…


Just read Julie DeCaro’s new book, Sidelined: Sports, Culture, and Being a Woman in America, which details what a slime pit the world of sports broadcasting really is.

DeCaro is an attorney turned sports talk radio host who, in her book, decries the piggish nature of virtually all men in…


We’re moving to Teaneck, New Jersey on July 26th, because our three oldest kids will be in school in the New York/New Jersey area in the fall and it doesn’t make sense to remain four to five hours away from them.

As we pack, I find myself haunted by something…

Michael Levin

New York Times bestselling author, Michael has written, planned or edited more than 700 business books, business fables, and memoirs over the past 25 years.

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