In each issue of Athlon Sports & Life, we pick six of our favorite things. They may be books, automobiles, games, gear, booze, apparel or whatever happens to be awesome. Here's what made our short list this issue:
If you're going to celebrate the 100th birthday of an automotive genius, then you might as well go over the top. That seems to be the idea behind this nod to founder Ferruccio Lamborghini. This carbon-fiber bodied beast produces 770 hp from a naturally-apsirated V12 engine that launches it from 0-60-ish in 2.8 seconds. The automaker plans to produce only 20 coupes and 20 roadsters for the low, low price of $1.9 million. Enjoy the above video and try not to get goosebumps. We dare you.
For anyone who's ever fought to fit their Apple charging cord into a tight space or thought to themself, "Why wouldn't they make it so it plugs in flat against the wall?" your prayers have been answered. With this small adaptor plug that fits onto your current charger, you'll never have to move the sofa again.
Shinola's Runwell Sport Chrono
If you're looking for a dainty watch, this isn't it. At 48 mm, it's a sizeable timepiece that stands out on your wrist. Handcrafted in Detroit (yes, Detroit), it features a sapphire crystal and bold colors that make it easy to read, even with the multiple fuctionality (date and stopwatch). The brown leather strap next to the green watch face makes for a beautiful combination typically reserved for British racing cars. Truth be told, we couldn't stop staring at it. Better yet, every Shinola watch comes with a lifetime guarantee.
On the Origins of Sports
At first glance, a sports book about the rules of various games hardly sounds like a page turner. Somehow authors Gary Belsky and Neil Fine overcame sizable odds to not only create a deeply informative read, but also one that's awash in trivia and entertaining facts. The book runs the gamut from playground favorites like kickball to mainstream monsters like football.
The Selling of the Babe
Spoiler alert: The Boston Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees in 1919. What followed was the changing of fortunes for two of baseball's most storied franchises. The book, by baseball writer and historian Glenn Stout, chronicles the little-known true story of how the sale came to be, and how a legend was born. Not recommended for Red Sox fans.
There are few things as aggrevating as a busted zipper on your gym bag or favorite jacket. It's basically the kiss of death. So when we heard there was a quick and easy fix, we had to try it out. And it delivers. In under 3 minutes we popped on a new zipper and it worked like a charm. Not to sound like an infomercial, but it really was that easy.