Volume 8 in the MIKE Sports Comic Book Series focuses on my all-time favorite toughies in sports.
Plus, I include a hard scrabble hockey team, an irritating sports fan and a part of sports that forces you to back up whatever you say.
All of my picks have made an impact on the world of sports for their toughness. Seven would qualify as positive, while three may be viewed as not so positive.
All are instantly identifiable and worthy of being recognized by a unique nickname or clever illustration.
One may be the most aggravating person you’ve ever met at a baseball game. However, the Heckler’s shtick has been a part of the American pastime for a hundred years. I get a kick out his antics and admire how he takes as much grief and abuse as he dishes out at a game.
An important point needs to be made here.
My book is entitled Favorite Sports Toughies, but it is never intended to condone bullying or fighting in any way.
One football team from Western Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Steelers, boasts an inventive nickname that perfectly personifies its impregnable defense.
Another team instilled palpable fear into every pitcher it faced because of its murderous reputation.
The five athletes on this list have all excelled in their individual sports.
Ironically, my top choice involves unwavering confidence and clever utilization of the English language.
In addition to the comics, I include a little history in each chapter about my Favorite Sports Toughies.
I explain why I believe my picks belong in this book based on sports related toughness and not because of disrespectful or bad behavior.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your opinions.
And, enjoy the read.
Straight talk. No static.
MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!