Ray Didinger

Ray Didinger is a senior producer with NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. He covered pro football for the Philadelphia Bulletin and Philadelphia Daily News for twenty-six years before joining NFL Films in 1996. Didinger has won five national Emmy awards for his work as a writer and producer on the weekly series NFL Films Presents and the Turner Network documentary Football America. In 1995, Didinger's name was added to the writers' honor roll in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, when he won the Dick McCann Memorial Award for distinguished reporting on pro football. He has written many books on pro football, including The Eagles Encyclopedia, published by Temple University Press. Didinger's new book, co-authored with Glen Macnow, The Ultimate Book of Sports Movies, was published by Running Press.

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The Ultimate Book of Sports Movies

by Glen Macnow and Ray Didinger

Guys love movies, especially movies about sports - where every couch potato identifies with the gritty underdog struggling against the odds and every game comes down to the final, climactic moment.

Sports movies are more resonant than the actual games. Not one in 10 fans can honestly recall who won the NCAA men's basketball tournament three years ago, but every red-blooded man can tell you that Hickory High, coached by Norman Dale (Gene Hackman) captured the 1954 Indiana State High School title in Hoosiers. And still, Glen Macnow and Ray Didinger would argue that the great sports movies have never been given their due respect and recognition.

The Ultimate Book of Sports Movies will serve as a viewer's roadmap, a fact-filled encyclopedia and a just-plain-fun read that's ideal for the TV room, the coffee table or even the john. Chronicling the 100 best sports movies ever made in a countdown looking at cast, plot and merit, this book is stacked with enough trivia to win any bar bet.

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