BrooklynFans Of Books: LookIng For Meaning In The Ring In “Why We Fight”

Why We Fight: One Man’s Search for Meaning Inside the Ring

By Josh Rosenblatt

Ecco; hardcover, 224 pages; $26.99; available Tuesday, January 15

Josh Rosenblatt, a writer and journalist who lives in Brooklyn, tracks his trajectory from pacifist to pugilist, from idle philosopher to trained fighter, his life’s abrupt face, and what compelled such a change in his new book, Why We Fight.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Looking At America Through “Revolutionary Threads”

Revolutionary Threads: Rastafari, Social Justice, and Cooperative Economics

By Bobby Sullivan

Akashic Books, Brooklyn, NY; trade paperback, 228 pages; $15.95

Bobby Sullivan grew up in the Washington, DC, punk scene, fueled by Rasta rockers Bad Brains and the foundational Minor Threat. His most notable band continues to be Soulside (of which he is the singer), which had multiple releases on Dischord Records.

As he made his journey, Sullivan became an activist, working with Food Not Bombs, the Anarchist Black Cross political prisoner support network, and a Rasta prison ministry. He currently manages a retail grocery co-op and sits on the board of the National Co+op Grocers. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his family.

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St. John’s, Who Played Without Ponds, Dominated By DePaul

(Marvin Clark of St. John’s battles Femi Olujobi of DePaul – @StJohnsBball)

St. John’s, who unexpectedly had to play without their star point guard Shamorie Ponds, lost to DePaul, 79-71, on Saturday night at Carnesecca Arena.

St. John’s, ranked 24th in the nation, has now lost two straight, dropping their Big East Conference record to 2-3, and they are 14-3 overall. They most likely will drop out of the Top 25 with this loss and the one to Villanova this past Tuesday night.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Dave Anderson’s Defining Book On Super Bowl III

(Joe Namath in Super Bowl III)

Countdown To Super Bowl: How The 1968-1969 New York Jets Delivered On Joe Namath’s Guarantee To Win It All – 50th Anniversary Edition

By Dave Anderson

Sports Publishing; paperback, 248 pages; $16.99

Saturday is the 50th Anniversary of the Jets’ victory stunning victory over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III.

This is possibly the most consequential Super Bowl of all-time, as the Jets, then of the American Football League, beat the heavily-favored Colts, stalwarts of the National Football League. The two leagues merged soon after, with the NFL absorbing all AFL teams and the structure of the NFL still stands today.

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Yankees Bring Britton Back On 3-Year Deal

The Yankees have signed LHP Zach Britton to a three-year contract extending through the 2021 season with a team option for 2022, which the club must exercise or decline following the 2020 season. If the Yankees decline the 2022 team option following 2020, Britton may elect to become a free agent for the 2021 season.

This means the Yankees’ back three in the bullpen will be Britton, Dellin Betances, and Aroldis Chapman, and all have experience closing games and can be used in optimal situations. The only difference this upcoming season is that Chad Green is next in line after this trio since David Robertson signed with Philadelphia.

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Bob Lederer, Author Of “Beyond Broadway Joe,” On Super Bowl III’s 50th Anniversary

(Joe Namath during Super Bowl III)

Fifty years ago this weekend, the New York Jets, then of the American Football League, stunned the heavily favored Baltimore Colts of the National Football League, in Super Bowl III on January 12, 1969.

Jets quarterback Joe Namath, known to all as “Broadway Joe,” became synonymous with victory and was transformed into a household name.

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Seton Hall Holds On In Fierce Battle With Butler

(Shavar Reynolds dropping a pass to Darnell Brodie – Photo by Jason Schott)

Seton Hall led throughout their game against Butler on Wednesday night at Prudential Center, and they held off a late surge from the Bulldogs to win 76-75.

Seton Hall, who improved to 12-4 overall and 3-1 in Big East Conference play, was led by Myles Powell’s 31 points on 8-15 from the field, including two three-pointers, with 3 rebounds and an assist.

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