BP holiday gift guide redux

Back in 2010, we posted a holiday gift guide to help our sports-obsessed subscribers foist their passion on loved ones. I just had a look at that old post and realized it’s still pretty timely – so here it is, below.

Stay tuned for more – we know there’s no shopping like last-minute shopping. Meanwhile, remember the best Best Player gifts are right here: the BP Necklace and the BP Shirt.


The holidays are almost here. If you celebrate them, and if you’re like us at BP, you’ll start thinking about making a list (for others? for yourself? for Santa?) around December 23 or so. To make things quick & easy so shopping time doesn’t mess up sports time, we present BP’s 1st annual Holiday Gift Guide: the Best Gifts in the World for the Best Players in the World. 


Soccer and Philosophy: Beautiful Thoughts on the Beautiful Game, edited by Ted Richards. A unique take on the game for those who occasionally use their head for more than knocking in corner kicks or knocking down Marco Materazzi. From the blurbs: “Ted Richards, the Special One of philosophy, has assembled a dream team for this volume. Combining the defensive tenacity of the Italians with the precision teamwork of the Germans and the individual brilliance of the Brazilians, the authors offer total philosophy. Soccer and Philosophy is the best thinking person’s guide to the Beautiful Game.” —Alan Richardson, Stoke City supporter and Professor of Philosophy, University of British Columbia.



Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Soccer, by David Winner. One of the two best sports books I’ve read, it combines soccer analysis with geography, history, sociology and psychology to explain the strange genius of the great Dutch teams, with a lot of great stuff on Johan Cruyff and why it matters more for a Dutch player to beat a defender beautifully than to merely beat him and score.



Open: An Autobiography, by Andre Agassi. A big hit last holiday season – it lay on every deck chair by every pool in every resort in Punta Cana. Now you can buy one of those used, Banana-Mama-stained copies. Andre’s open, as promised, when discussing his father, his girlfriends & wives, and – yes – his hair. The best part for every Best Player, though, is the honesty with which he reveals his hate/love/hate relationship with tennis.



Steve Prefontaine: “The Gift” Poster, 24 x 30 Every aspiring Best Player in your life should position this iconic poster so it’s the first thing seen each morning. Prefontaine was one of the most inspirational athletes of the early 1970s and is still The Man for many distance runners – and not just in Oregon.


 Long before the head-butt heard round the world, and even longer before the French “team” went on strike in South Africa, Zizou led France and Read Madrid with his dominance in midfield. This film captures him in 2005: 17 cameras follow him in real-time during a Bernabeu match v Villareal. No plot, no dialogue, and no equal. Set to a dark and compelling Mogwai soundtrack.


Easton Stealth s19 composite hockey stick. The latest and greatest in Easton’s line of winter weapons. For our own post on this stick, see here.


Babolat AeroPro Drive GT Junior 26″. Ideal for the young Nadal. Lightweight, with a balance between control and power.



Nike T90 Tracer La Liga Ball. Who wouldn’t want to practise and play with the ball used in the Best League in the World? Score like Messi, step over like Ronaldo, pass like Xavi, tackle like Puyol. Results guaranteed.


Miami Heat Lebron James Headband. Stuff someone’s stocking with the King. Almost exactly like the one worn by Lebron himself. Just add sweat.


Tiger Woods AT&T National Golf Balls. Tiger’s got balls – or had ’em, anyway. Now, just like Elin, you can have Tiger’s balls too.



The Home Team: Fathers, Sons & Hockey, by Roy MacGregor. An excellent hockey book that transcends the sport and gets into the fascinating dynamic of NHL stars like Gretzky, Messier, and Brett Hull and their sometimes loving, sometimes absent fathers. MacGregor’s a great thinker and smooth writer and he really loves the game. Read the book and then make your kid read it too.

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