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QOTD – Power Rankings – Your Top Five

I was listening to TBD in the AM on CBS Sports radio this morning on my drive in to work.  I do this a lot.

I used to listen to NPR most morning, but lately I prefer the mindlessness of sports talk.

It is not uncommon on sports talk to “Power Rank” teams or players.  The talking heads will come up with some fancy rationale or pretend criteria, but it really comes down to asking which ones are your favorites.  Choose your top five.

This morning, their talk digressed into sports movies and they played  quick top-five (though, only actually listed about three movies before getting distracted).  This made me start thinking about my top five sports movies.

  • Remember the Titans
  • Major League
  • Necessary Roughness
  • The Replacements
  • The Sandlot

I will freely admit this is subject to change.  Ask me next week and Rocky, Rocky III, and Rocky IV all belong on the list.  I’m not even a huge baseball fan, but they do make fantastic movies.  How could I leave Hoosiers off that list?

Today, let’s play our first round of TOP FIVE.

List your Top Five Books of “Right Now”.  That doesn’t mean the books need to be contemporary rather than classic, that means I’m asking you to list your top five books RIGHT NOW.  Your answer may have been different ten years ago and may change if you were asked next week.  (For today’s purposes you cannot cheat and list a series as a book.  Commit.)

QOTD – What are your Top Five Books?


*spoiler alert – next time we will power rank authors

About Jamaal

Lover of words, liver of life, director of theatre, keeper of keys and grounds at Hogwarts. Twitter: @JamaalAllan

4 comments on “QOTD – Power Rankings – Your Top Five

  1. Christopher Margolin
    February 28, 2014

    1. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
    2. Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
    3. Not Without Laughter – Langston Hughes
    4. The Open Classroom – Herbert Kohl
    5. Bird by Bird – Anne Lammott

  2. Mess Wright
    February 28, 2014

    Leaves of Grass – Whitman
    The Awakening – Chopin
    A Confederacy of Dunces – Toole
    The Catcher in the Rye – Salinger
    Them – Oates

  3. JG Allan
    February 28, 2014

    Fight Club
    Half-Blood Prince
    Complete works of Shakespeare

  4. Dominic Iannone
    March 1, 2014

    All the King’s Men- Robert Penn Warren
    Breakfast of Champions- Kurt Vonnegut
    The Moon is a Harsh Mistress- Robert Heinlein
    Cryptonomicon- Neal Stephenson
    Pastoralia- George Saunders

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