Brian Maitland

Top Reviewer Ranking: 245
Helpful votes received on reviews: 62% (486 of 787)
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
In My Own Words:
Total donut. Love non-fiction esp. travel and sports.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 245 - Total Helpful Votes: 486 of 787
The Nfl, Year One: The 1970 Season and the Dawn of&hellip by Brad Schultz
This was the year I really got into the NFL and being in Canada we finally got to see all those AFL teams we only really saw in the Super Bowls. For some weird reason, pre-cable, Canadian TV only picked up the NFL and the US channels were just too far away (even though Vancouver is just a half hour from the border) to get a clear signal.

The book covers the historic first season of the merger and, for myself, the season was all about old man George Blanda's kicking and quarterbacking heroics for the Oakland Raiders winning (or tying as there was no regular season overtime in 1970) games in wild come-from-behinds. It's also the first year of Monday Night Football which the author… Read more
The Americans: The Complete First Season <b>DVD</b> ~ Keri Russell
4.0 out of 5 stars like wow! wig out!, July 3 2014
The series starts off with Felicity (Keri Russell post-Ben here) in a wig giving a blow job and away we go. To say there was a lot of sex during the Cold War of the '80s is an understatement as far as this series goes. First things first, although the scripts are terrific and the characters (and actors who play them) are fantastic, there are some huge flaws with the series.

The "anyone could die at any time" gets taken way too far. So many already fascinating characters die off way too quickly and far too easily. (SPOILER ALERT) The ease in which a CIA operative can access a Soviet general's residence and kill him is ridiculous given the man rose to general not being stupid nor… Read more
Futebol Nation: A Footballing History of Brazil by David Goldblatt
I liked the fact author David Goldblatt copped to the fact he was not fluent in Portuguese and therefore pointed out his book could never come close to fully capturing the hows and whys Brazil is a futebol nation. Given that he does a pretty good job even if I did not get why having art, books, movie and songs done about soccer made any nation all that more a football nation. I also thought he needed to fill us readers in way more on who these artists were and not just give such short shrift to so many.

Additionally, the soccer in this book is mainly about Brazil's national team in World Cup Finals. It barely touches on Brazil when it plays in the Copa America let alone its club… Read more

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