Suggestions Wanted: Reading With the Roost 2010

by Ryan

Two years ago the Sabres were dead before we could even celebrate our first birthday. Suddenly we were trying to figure out what the hell we were going to talk about over the summer. What we decided to do was read, then post about the mostly-sports books we picked. For the last two summers we’ve done the Reading With the Roost series with mixed results.

We only read six on that list and only posted about five of them. In other words, we sucked. But we plan on changing that this year. The last year has not been kind to us when it comes to casual reading, but we think the summer will be kind to us. Here are some obvious picks for the list:

“Gretzky’s Tears” by Stephen Brunt

“The Breaks of the Game” by David Halberstam

“The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy” by Bill Simmons

“Are We Winning?” by Will Leitch

These are already books we have on the shelf and have ready to roll, but of course we’re looking for a few suggestions from our readers. Anything you have on your reading list this summer? Let us know and we might add it to the list, which we should have together by the end of the week.

This is a really fun way to pass the time over the summer, and we hope you will play along at home.


  1. ScottyMCSSProSportsDaily

    Yo Roost

    I would really like to see a mock draft on your site, especially as you are all so Buffalo-centric and so have a keen sense on the Sabres needs.

    I haven’t done a mock, but I did put up some names that the Sabres should target, and I am very excited about the availability of Brock Nelson around the 23rd pick. Size, speed, intensity, cannon of a shot, plays great in all three zones, and is signed up to be a NCAA player – that’s a dream package for Reiger.


    I’d also like to see your anticipatory thoughts for July 1st. Do you think Grier and Rivet could lure Patrick Marleau over from San Jose? Do we really want Marleau in Buffalo?

    Offseason banter is not as fun as regular season or playoff banter, but there is still lots to talk about (even the annual “trade Malkin” nonsense).


  2. jack

    The Colts’ Baltimore: A City and Its Love Affair in the 1950s by Michael Olesker

    so good. i wrote a paper on the baltimore colts a few semester ago, and this book was by far the best book on the colts

  3. James

    Whose Puck Is It, Anyway?: A Season with a Minor Novice Hockey Team by Ed Arnold was a really good read.

    I want to get Hockey Dad: True Confessions of a (Crazy) Hockey Parent by Bob McKenzie.

    I am working on Jim Corsi’s book The Hockey Goalie’s Handbook: The Authoritative Guide for Players and Coaches and have The Hockey Goalie’s Complete Guide: An Indispensable Development Plan by Francois Allaire in the queue along with Roger’s World: The Life and Unusual Times of Roger Neilson by Wayne Scanlan.

    My guilty pleasure book this summer might be Mike and Mike’s Rules for Sports and Life .

  4. “The Machine: A Hot Team, a Legendary Season, and a Heart-stopping World Series: The Story of the 1975 Cincinnati Reds” by Joe Posnanski

    “Future Greats and Heartbreaks: A Year Undercover in the Secret World of NHL Scouts” by Gare Joyce

    “Home Ice: Reflections on Backyard Rinks and Frozen Ponds” and “Open Ice: Reflections and Confessions of a Hockey Lifer” both by Jack Falla

    I’ve read all of the above except “Open Ice” and “The Machine” which I’m about halfway through. Really liked or loved all of them.

    I have a copy of “The First Fall Classic: The Red Sox, the Giants and the Cast of Players, Pugs and Politicos Who Re-Invented the World Series in 1912” by Mike Vaccaro which I’ve been meaning to read forever and will hopefully get to this summer. Also hoping to read “The Great American Novel” by Philip Roth. Among other things.

  5. @Heather B- I have “Open Ice” and I love it. I need to get “Home Ice” too.. especially considering my personal experiences with (front) yard rink-making.

    To The Roost- I may have mentioned this before, but y’all should check “Putting a Roof on Winter” by Michael McKinley- great book about the history of organized hockey. It reads like a story and it’s really cool. I’d love to see your take on it.

    Also, Ken Baker’s “They Don’t Play Hockey In Heaven” is a good one.