A selection to impress even the hardcore fanatic
Nearly everyone knows one person in their life that puts sports above all else. Whether it’s waking up at 6 a.m. to get to the rink or spending all weekend watching football, sports fans are dedicated, even fanatical, if you will.
But for those with only periphery knowledge of sports, it can be hard to figure out how to get a gift that “wows” a hardcore sports fan. Here is a list that might help you find the right present for the sports geek in your life.
The Blind Side by Michael Lewis — $17.50
The author of the groundbreaking sports book Moneyball switches from baseball to football with his latest book. Michael Lewis looks into the evolution of football strategy and the growing importance of the left tackle position. Alongside that, Lewis explores the life of Michael Oher, a monster of a man at six-foot-six, 325 pounds, who plays left tackle for the University of Mississippi and is considered by many to be one of the top prospects for the NFL at his position. Oher, only 21 years old, has already had to deal with the murder of his father and having a crack-addicted mother. Available at Chapters/Indigo.
McCowan’s Law: The 100 Greatest Hockey Arguments by Bob McCowan, with Dave Naylor — $19.95
Love him or hate him, syndicated radio host Bob McCowan knows two things really well: Sports and arguing. McCowan sets down the law, his law, on hockey debates ranging from who’s better: Gretzky or Orr?; what’s the worst trade of all time?; and what is Canada’s top hockey province? Available at Chapters/Indigo.
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Toronto Blue Jays retro jerseys — Authentic $199.99, replica $77.99
The Toronto Blue Jays have finally decided to jump on the retro jersey bandwagon. With the Jays opting to wear their classic powder blues they donned from 1977 to 1989 on Friday home games this upcoming season, it’s the perfect time to pick one up. Available at shop.mlb.com.
Satellite Radio Service, $15/month subscription
For the real hardcore sports fans in your life, getting them hooked up with a satellite radio service, either Sirius or XM — it will be the gift that keeps on giving. Sirius has broadcast rights to all NFL, CFL and NBA games. XM on other hand has MLB and NHL games. You need to buy a system to play the service; those can range from $49 up to $500. Available at Siriuscanada.ca or xmradio.ca.
Leafs Fund Auction items
If the sports fan in your life still hasn’t given up hope that the Toronto Maple Leafs will win the Stanley Cup in their lifetime, then perhaps you should check out the various items up for sale in the Leafs Fund Auction. You can bid on a variety of collectibles from a Tomas Kaberle signed jersey to a Wendel Clark bobblehead. The bidding ends Dec. 17 so get there soon. All the proceeds of the auction go to the Leafs Fund, which helps support youth sports. Visitauction.nhl.com.
ESPN Magazine subscription, $45 for 1 year
True sports fanatics want to have access to the most in-depth and relevant sports news and opinions. A subscription to the biweekly ESPN The Magazine also comes with access to ESPN.com Insider where web surfers get the chance to read reports and rumours from sports industry insiders. Visit espn.go.com/mag.