We interrupt our regular mind-blowing coverage for a completely self-serving message. Over the past couple years, I sat down and I wrote the best dang book that’s ever been written about Virginia sports. It’s called 100 Things Virginia Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die -- and I’m not sure why “Die” is written on the front cover in such...prominent... font, but there you have it.
If you’ve been following this site with any regularity, you were here when we covered the 2011 Chick-Fil-A Bowl. You saw Virginia Basketball’s run to the Elite Eight last year. You read our coverage of the 2015 College World Series Championship. And, probably, the football team’s 38-0 loss to Virginia Tech. There have been a lot of highs and, unfortunately a lot of lows. Those are all covered in the book.
But it goes beyond that. It covers the remarkable story of Jim Bakhtiar, the former Virginia football player who went back to his home country of Iran, where was accused of being an American spy and had to escape in the middle of the night. It recounts when the NCAA threatened to kick Virginia out of its organization, as the Cavaliers were leading the charge by those known as the Sinful Seven.
Do you know how the Virginia Tech rivalry started? I mean, how it really started? Which sports were nearly cut not too long ago? The game of the decade? The upset of the century? Where you can find grilled donuts with a block of ice cream in the center?
The book covers all of this and more. And the book wasn’t just written by me. It was written by all of us. And when I say “all of us,” i mean that not only did multiple Streaking the Lawn writers contribute, but so too did all of you, as I repeatedly crowdsourced ideas among you, the unsuspecting.
The book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, the UVA Bookstores, and other major retailers in Virginia, DC and beyond.
As we turn to Homecomings this weekend, there are two book signing opportunities coming your way! Here are the details — and yes, I’m pretty much willing to write anything you want in your signed copy.
- TODAY, Thursday, October 13. UVA Bookstore. 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- Sunday, October 16. Charlottesville Barnes & Noble. 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
If you’re unable to make it to Charlottesville, I encourage you to buy the book online using this Amazon Referral Link, because that’s super helpful for me personally.
And now for a ridiculously overblown photo of the cover: