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Based in Atlanta, GA - Rick Limpert is an award-winning writer, a best-selling author, and a featured sports travel writer.

Named the No. 1 Sports Technology writer in the U.S. on Oct 1, 2014.


Paul Shirley: Buy his Book, then Follow him on Twitter

If you are a sports fan, ok you don't have to be a sports fan; but if you want to root for a normal everyday guy who just happens to be 6'10" and plays basketball all over the world then Can I Keep My Jersey? by Paul Shirley is the book for you. 

I'm a little biased, I graduated from Iowa State where Paul played his college ball.  I followed Paul's career, and he was actually a little better player than he gives himself credit for.  He's been good enough to play for the Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns and teams in Spain, Siberia and Greece.  He has kind of made a cottage industry out of being the 12th man on the NBA bench, the guy that comes in for clean up duty at the end of the game.

The other thing about Paul is he writes very well.  Whether it's in his book, his column on or his ramblings on Twitter (follow Paul - @paulthenshirley) he always has something to say, and usually it is quite funny.  He may be talking about music, traveling, or reporting from an estate sale at his parent's house as he has been for the past couple days.  I don't agree with everything Paul is saying, but I can relate to it.

Can I Keep My Jersey? has been compared to Jim Bouton’s Ball Four or John Feinstein’s A Season on the Brink, but it's not meant to be taken that seriously.

I couldn't put the book down, but that's just me.  I look forward to Paul's next tweet, whether I understand it or not.  I bet Paul has more tales to tell, and another book may be forthcoming, we'll just have to wait and see.

The book has been out for over a year now, so it's not new, but you can buy Paul's book here:


Christmas Music Before Halloween

It's October 24 and there are no radio stations in Atlanta playing Christmas music yet, but I'm sure it right around the corner.

A station in Philadelphia is playing Christmas music on one of its HD channels.   HD Radio allows broadcasters to air multiple streams of programming, but listeners need a radio capable of airing the HD Radio signal.

Last year many large markets started playing their holiday tunes on Halloween Night.  Can't we just get through Halloween first?




The Euros are Coming in Drag Racing

What do you think of when you hear the names Stig Neergaard, Lex Joon, Urs Erbacher, and Thomas Nataas?

The new pop music supergroup from Sweden?

The Norwegian Davis Cup Tennis Team?

or a law firm outside of Helsinki?

No, it's none of the above, but they are 4 European drag racers that have for the time being set up shop in The United States and will race in the final 2 NHRA races of the year on the West Coast.

It's great worldwide exposure for NHRA Drag Racing, and all four are successful drag racers across the pond.  Not sure how they will do at Vegas and Pomona, but they do have a little experience here in America, and are looking to possibly make the jump to the NHRA.

It would be great for the NHRA and the sport if they can be competitive this time around

Here's Erbacher, from Switzerland in action.



Soupy Sales Dies

You might not be older enough to recognize the name, but maybe you remember the face.  Regardless, Soupy Sales passed away today at the age of 83.

Sales had his own show for a while and was best known for getting a pie in his face.  He appeared on dozens of other shows.  After moving to Los Angeles, he eventually became a fill-in host on "The Tonight Show."  Sales was a regular from 1968-75 on the game show "What's My Line?" and later appearing on everything from "The Mike Douglas Show" to "The Love Boat." He played himself in the 1998 movie "Holy Man," which starred Eddie Murphy.  He also was a star on "Match Game" as was known as one of the better players.

Later in his life he was a radio DJ.



Amazon's Profit up Because of Kindle

Amazon reported a 69% surge in profit in the third-quarter, led by sales of the Kindle e-reader.

Amazon's revenues climbed 28% to $5.45 billion in the quarter, beating beat analysts' expectations of an 18% rise to $5.03 billion.  Amazon stock also rose nearly 15% in after-hours trading.  All this being said, I'm sure Amazon is expecing a strong holiday season this year.