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The Footballer: An Ennin Mystery #50

Once a year, the men living in a Japanese harbor town indulge in a bizarre ceremony of violence...

Ennin is asked to somehow try and stop this tradition...

Meanwhile, a group of gaijin play a strangely fascinating game...

This is the 50th Ennin Mystery

Amazon reviews for ENNIN (various titles)

'The greatest of Japan's detectives, Ennin, and his trusted servant and chronicler Kukai...' M. Dowden, Hall of Fame, TOP 50 Amazon reviewer

'These Ennin Mysteries are absolutely fabulous...' sshap

'I can't stop reading this series! If you love historical mysteries, you will love the period and cultural detail...' Pauline

'Cleverly written and filled with facts regarding old Japan.... Very similar to Holmes and Watson...' Eileen Sedgwick

'An excellent Japanese detective series... I enjoy each and every story...' R. Russell

'Stevens keeps on delivering... This is a great series. Anyone who enjoys Sherlock Holmes will enjoy the similarities in Stevens' characters and Doyle's. Fresh plots, exotic locale, who-done-its, and a unique set of protagonists. I've read all the Ennin series and look forward to each new adventure. Highly recommended...' Abby Normal

'Entertaining read with Holmesian overtones, but very different setting...' Gerry H

'Once you start this, I'm betting you won't be able to set it down until you finish it...' Judy

'The author weaves intrigue, subterfuge and cunning into a very enjoyable story...' J. Cepeda

'Historical setting and cultural background are excellently researched...' D. Werdin

'Wonderful... Like a Japanese room arrangement with clean lines keeping clutter to a minimum...' AcerAcer

'Ben Stevens is masterful. I can't wait to read his next set of stories...' Kindle Customer

'Thoroughly enjoyed it...' Daphne Frampton

'This Japanese detective is a fine addition to the burgeoning field of Asian historical detectives which began with Judge Dee (China) and runs through I.P. Parker's Akitada...' Mcb.

'If you like the Akitada books, you will enjoy this....' Mamakile

'Great short stories...' Ston

'Something out of the ordinary... Well worth the read...' Amazon Customer

'The Sensei is a brilliant detective. Ben Stevens, as always rocks. He's one heck of a storyteller...' Lisa

'A feudal Japanese Sherlock Holmes... This ever-evolving excellent series... Vivid imagery and graphic detail which are a trademark of this writer...' Deborah Chaytor

'Try it... and like it... I don't look for mysteries from the middle ages, even ones set in Japan, but for some reason I love this series...' Amazon Customer

'Loved it!... Simply amazed... I thoroughly enjoyed this read...' Edwina Callan

'Very enjoyable...' Sid

'If you like the Akitada books, you will enjoy this...' Mamakile

'I loved this...' MaidenStull

'A prime example of deductive reasoning, set within feudal Japan...' Jennifer

'Ennin and his faithful servant are the Holmes and Watson of the East. The mysteries are well plotted. Sesshu is the Moriarty of the piece. If you are a Sherlock fan you should like Ennin...' Amazon Customer, NJ United States

'The mysteries are intriguing and unusual... Couldn't put the stories down... Well worth the price...' Jay Gold

'Mystery from historic Japan... like Holmes and Watson, but in an Asian setting...' Nysaa

'Good book... the story takes you back in time...' Santex

'Very powerful...' Bill

'Delightful short story... Enjoy!...' PeaTee (TOP 500 REVIEWER)

'(The) Ennin series is intriguing... Recommend these stories to all...' Chris

'Atmospheric, intriguing and entertaining... A rare achievement...' Kenny51

Cover image: One Hundred Children in the Long Spring / Public Domain

Fantasy Football for Smart People: A Guide to Winning at Daily Fantasy Sports

Fantasy Football for Smart People: A Guide to Winning at Daily Fantasy Sports is the ultimate assortment of daily fantasy advice, tips, strategies, and league-winning data. A collection of the best daily fantasy football content from the Fantasy Football for Smart People book series, A Guide to Winning at Daily Fantasy Sports will teach you in-depth tactics you can employ to win on DraftKings and other daily fantasy sports sites.

You'll learn how to:

oProject players with the greatest accuracy

oUse the Vegas lines to make money in fantasy sports

oMake better decisions based on matchups

oIncorporate weather into your lineup decisions

oLots More

As with all Fantasy Football for Smart People books, A Guide to Winning at Daily Fantasy Sports approaches fantasy football from a "Moneyball" perspective, using data to test assumptions that we think we know to be true. This book is perfect for any fantasy owner who wants to take a more analytical, scientific approach to daily fantasy sports.

Give Me The Ball: How To Transform Yourself Into a Big-Game Pitcher

No one dreams of being a middle-reliever, and no one dreams of pitching the fifth inning of a 7-2 game.

Rather, you play baseball to be the guy your team turns to, like a superhero, when the game is on the line.

Give Me The Ball provides a blueprint of how to get there. Pitchers and coaches will learn what it takes to become the Ace of the staff, the guy everyone turns to in a jam.

What you need to realize is this: The mental side of pitching is EVERYTHING.

Whether you throw 62 or 92 miles per hour, your goal on the mound is to maximize what you've got right now.

Give Me The Ball covers the mental aspects of pitching that separate the big-game pitcher who puts his team on his back, from everyone else. It's not enough to throw hard, or have a nasty slider. You need to have pitching savvy, situational knowledge, intense focus, competitiveness and impeccable practice habits to make it to the top.

In this book, you'll learn:

1. How pro pitchers hold runners: prevent cheap runs by keeping runners on first base.

2. How to pitch to the situation: Learn how to get out of jams and hold the lead.

3. How to remain calm under pressure, so you can execute the pitch you need when the game is on the line.

4. How to call a smart game, so you get more outs in fewer pitches.

5. How to practice and build a routine that helps you get more out of your practice and throwing drills.

Everything I'll teach you is simple, but often overlooked even by pro pitchers. To make it from varsity to college baseball, or college baseball to pro ball, you need to prepare and take the mound with a calm, aggressive focus that is backed with knowledge, experience and professionalism.

I was once a walk-on at a small Division-I University, and I was one of the last pitchers on the depth chart. I HATED being one of the guys my coaches and teammates didn't trust.

I worked hard and improved physically and mentally. I ended up not only becoming the #1 pitcher by my Junior year in college, but I also extended my career well beyond college, playing six seasons of professional baseball, earning two All-Star selections before retiring at age 31.

I was once the last guy, and grew up into the #1 guy. I can show you how to do the same.

- Dan Blewett

Bill Veeck's Crosstown Classic (Chicago Shorts)

Baseball Hall of Famer Bill Veeck (1914-86) was an inspired team builder, a consummate showman, and one of the greatest baseball men ever involved in the game. Bill Veeck's Crosstown Classic, drawn from his uproarious autobiography (cowritten with the talented sportswriter Ed Linn), is an unforgettable trip packed with anecdotes and insight about the history of baseball and tales of players and owners--some of the most entertaining stories in all of sports literature. Veeck's own love for the game began when his father was manager and then President of the Chicago Cubs; upon his father's death in 1930, Veeck was hired as an office boy for eighteen dollars a week. Here, Veeck recollects those halcyon days and how they underscored his development as a wily franchise owner, leading up to quite a rumpus, many years later, during his purchase of the White Sox from the "Battling Comiskeys."

Their Glorious Summer

[Article] The summer of 1981 was indeed a fateful one for several young men who played collegiate summer ball in the Valley Baseball League (VBL) in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. For a trio of players on the New Market Rebels, it was the beginning of a journey that would see them enjoy lengthy major league careers. For three players on the Winchester Royals, Fate had seemingly propped open the door to legitimate dreams of future seasons in the big league sun as well, but 1981 would be the pinnacle of their baseball glory. It was a summer in which the team with Dennis Clow and Steve Peruso and Clay Daniel bested the team with Tom Browning and John Kruk and Dan Pasqua. Clow, Peruso, and Daniel together totaled 11 minor league seasons. Browning, Kruk, and Pasqua each played in the majors for 10 years or more.

Few would have predicted the degree of big league success for the Rebel trio. Browning was almost not allowed to return to the team, Pasqua was briefly dismissed from the team, and John Kruk, well "Johnny" did not fare well when he came up against a broom-stick wielding grandma after he accidentally spit tobacco juice on her carpet.

It was the Winchester Royals, founded by Keith Lupton who would go on to be named the executive of the year three times in three different minor leagues, who were the superior team. Their determination, their ability to stage improbable comebacks, and most of all their talent made the 1981 Winchester Royals one of the great summer league teams ever assembled.

Set as it was against the backdrop of the 1981 major league players' strike, the story of the battle for the President's Cup between the Rebels and the Royals epitomizes that mix of glory and poignancy that produces such passion in those who love the game.

An inspiring and easy read at only 7,000 words.

The Dallas Cowboys: The Outrageous History of the Biggest, Loudest, Most Hated, Best Loved Football Team in America

The Dallas Cowboys "From Dandy Don Meredith and Roger Staubach to the three Super Bowls won by the unbeatable trio of Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, and Emmitt Smith in the mid-nineties, to TO, Tony Romo, and the glitzy soap opera team of today, the Cowboys have been the NFL's star franchise for 50 years. Love them or hate them-the Dallas Cowboys are known as "America's Team." But the Cowboys have never been just about Full description

Fantasy Football for Smart People: How Fantasy Football Pros Game Plan to Win

"Fantasy Football for Smart People: How Fantasy Football Pros Game Plan to Win is a comprehensive look into the methods, numbers, and information utilized by the top fantasy football players in the world. Based upon a scienti c approach to fantasy football, the book will take you through how fantasy football's pros-those truly pro ting big bucks from the game-take home fantasy championships year in and year out. Starting with preseason research and moving to complex draft techniques and nally in-season strategies, "Fantasy Football for Smart People: How Fantasy Football Pros Game Plan to Win" is built around the belief that everything you think you know about fantasy football should be questioned and tested. You'll learn which stats are most important to fantasy owners, how to understand and embrace the randomness inherent to the game, why some draft strategies are better than others, and most important, how to make the most accurate predictions possible so you can nally transform into the dominant fantasy owner you were meant to be."

The Art of Hitting Home Runs

The simple alternative approach for how to hit home runs consistently from the perspective of a former prolific home run hitter. Gain valuable insight into the intricacies of effectively going deep on the regular. Consider the psychology and the inner workings of a home run hitter's mind, spirit and lifestyle. Take into account the vibration and consciousness of a high level home run hitting athlete over the frequently more accepted traditional lifestyles with the effect of achieving beautiful higher conditions of awareness.

The majority of the substance contained in this book is an enlightening vision of the art of hitting home runs. It is provocative. Adhering to standard guidance will create average outcomes in many aspects of life. So to constantly knock on the sky by launching bombs, use discernment and don't have an ordinary everyday practice to doing it. Establish an original method.

This manifesto is a direct confirmation for amping the deep fly game of those who commit to applying this recipe for power hitting. Homers can certainly be hit without participating in all lifestyle proposals mentioned in here. However, learn the specifics that has worked for the author. It will make it simpler for a great many people to build a long term relationship with the long ball.

We all have the chance to embody a legendary hitter who plays from the majesty and supreme assurance of true personal nature. Great home run hitters ascribe intent and confidently choose about where and how to focus their attention. They live from the internal to the external, establishing high value as their hallmark.

Profound hitters realize their illumination must be sustainable while embarking on the voyage of long term success with the four-bagger. The great power hitters produce from the fire of the will. At the point when the home run hitter efficiently utilizes energy, emotional transmutation, masculinity-femininity and love, a ground-breaking power for stellar on-field play is embodied allowing progressive change on the planet to occur as a byproduct of this individual elevation of resonance.