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Los Angeles Dodgers IQ: The Ultimate Test of True Fandom


Every Major League team has a history—but this is the franchise of Jackie Robinson. Every Major League team has players they call “heroes”—but with Robinson you can drop the emphasis: he’s a true hero, an American icon, and a baseball legend.

This is the franchise of Walter Alston, Leo Durocher and Tommy Lasorda; Walter O’Malley, Larry MacPhail and Branch Rickey; the timeless calls of Vin Scully; and no fewer than 43 Hall of Fame players who spent a portion of their careers with the Dodgers.

You simply can’t tell the story of baseball’s history without the Dodgers.

This is a book of Dodger history and trivia. With ten chapters, more than 200 brand new trivia questions, and a special bonus chapter on the Dodgers 2015 season … these pages are a celebration of the greatest players and moments in franchise history.

It’s been a long time since April 21, 1890, when the franchise recorded its first official victory in the National League—but 125 years and 10,000 wins later the team is still going strong, still producing great players and historic moments.

Whether you are a novice or a long-time member of Dodger fandom … Think Blue, enjoy the trivia, and have fun reminiscing.

Now available for pre-order in the Amazon Kindle store!


Miami Hurricanes IQ Now Available

Miami Hurricanes IQ: The Ultimate Test of True Fandom (Craig T. Smith). Cover photo by Matthew Zipay. Cover design by Holly Walden Ross.

Miami Hurricanes IQ: The Ultimate Test of True Fandom (Craig T. Smith). Cover photo by Matthew Zipay. Cover design by Holly Walden Ross.

Black Mesa’s newest collegiate title Miami Hurricanes IQ: The Ultimate Test of True Fandom is now available to purchase. You can also order the print edition from Black Mesa (retail $11.95) for just $7.95.


With five AP National Championships since 1983, Miami Hurricanes football ranks among the nation’s elite collegiate programs. Use any standard you want for greatness – winning streaks, Heisman winners, Hall of Famers, NFL draft picks, All-Americans, rivalries and Bowl victories – Miami is an indisputable powerhouse.

And if you live in the realm of Canes Fandom then this book of history and trivia is for you. It’s a celebration of the legendary teams, coaches, players and moments that have made the U such an iconic program – but it’s also a test of your fandom, your opportunity to show how much you really know about Hurricanes football. So step up to the challenge. Test your skills. Wrack your brain. It’s your Canes IQ, the ultimate test of true fandom.


An Interview with Author Zac Robinson

Black Mesa author Zac Robinson with Stitch Duran and Dana White.

Black Mesa author Zac Robinson with Stitch Duran and Dana White.

Zac Robinson is best known for collaborating with legendary cutman Stitch Duran to write From the Fields to the Garden: The Life of Stitch Duran. Long before he began his writing career, Zac was a collegiate baseball star in his home state of Oklahoma. He remains a passionate sports fan – most notably baseball and MMA – and a diehard Texas Rangers fan. Zac began writing for the Sports by the Numbers series in 2007 and he teamed up with Black Mesa for the first time in 2009. In addition to his books, Zac contributes regularly to Fighters Only Magazine and Train Hard Fight Easy. Recently Zac sat down with fellow author Tucker Elliot to discuss past books, sports and future plans.

Tucker Elliot: People often have this image in mind that if you’re a writer you must be hiding away behind a desk and a closed door, working in solitude – but you’ve been anything but that. For your MMA “research” and when you were writing Stitch Duran’s memoir you were jet-setting to Vegas, London, Manchester and various other cities for UFC and boxing events. Are your experiences from the last 6-7 years anything close to what you imagined life would be like as an author?

Zac Robinson: It has been a pretty wild six or seven years. I decided that if I was going to write books about combat sports the best thing to do (other than actually fighting) was to immerse myself in it. I’ve spent time at many UFC/MMA events and boxing events and it’s been incredible. I’ve done book signings in Oberhausen, Germany, London, and Las Vegas, and got to go on a live show on the Las Vegas Strip. I’ve met a ton of MMA stars and even spent time hanging out with the Klitschko brothers and Hayden Panettiere. I don’t think I could have imagined it the way it has turned out. There are times when I’m hidden away and working, but the research has been really fun!


Green Bay Packers IQ Now Available

Black Mesa’s newest title Green Bay Packers IQ: The Ultimate Test of True Fandom is now available to purchase on Amazon. You can also order the print edition from Black Mesa (retail $11.95) for just $7.95.



Green Bay Packers IQ (Joel Katte). Cover art by Jason Prigge. Cover design by Holly Walden Ross.

In terms of population the city of Green Bay is barely a blip on the map compared to sports markets like New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Detroit, Dallas and Indianapolis. Even Jacksonville, Florida—home of the hapless Jaguars—has a population eight times greater than Green Bay. So how do you explain 70,000-plus fans at Lambeau Field for every Packers home game? It’s pretty simple. This “blip on the map” city has an address that rivals Times Square.

Welcome to Titletown, USA.

The Packers own more championships than any other team in professional football. The franchise claims legendary names like Lambeau, Lombardi and Nitschke as its own. Green Bay might be home to mere thousands, but there are millions more who live and breathe in the realm of cheesehead fandom. Green and gold merchandise annually ranks among the NFL’s best selling. Want to buy season tickets to Lambeau? Good luck. There are more people on the waiting list than there are people living in Green Bay.

This is a franchise steeped in tradition and rich in history—and all of it can be found within these pages: the great players, from Johnny Blood to Clay Matthews, Bart Starr to Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers, every title game, and the greatest moments, from the Ice Bowl to Super Bowl XXXI.

Think you know Packers history? Think again. With stories from every era in team history and 350 brand new trivia questions, there’s something here for every cheesehead—so test your skills, wrack your brain, it’s your Green Bay Packers IQ, the ultimate test of true fandom.


“Packers fans are some of the most knowledgeable sports fans around. And this terrific book will certainly put them to the test. Personally, I couldn’t put the book down … and I learned plenty in the process. This is a must read for Packers fans everywhere!”

— Rob Reischel, author Aaron Rodgers: Leader of the Pack and Mike McCarthy: Nobody’s Underdog

Baltimore Orioles IQ Now Available


For half a century the St. Louis Browns were nothing short of spectacular … when it came to futility. Whatever promise or hope or grandeur dreams held by the franchise and its fans after a second place finish in its inaugural season in St. Louis was quickly replaced by this abysmal reality: the Browns were dead last in the eight-team American League ten times in 52 seasons.

Baltimore Orioles IQ (Tucker Elliot) Cover photo courtesy Mark Whitt. Cover design by Holly Walden Ross.

Baltimore Orioles IQ (Tucker Elliot) Cover photo courtesy Mark Whitt. Cover design by Holly Walden Ross.

Then in 1954 the club began play in Baltimore and its new owners shed the “Browns” and every imaginable link to the club’s past. It’s not that the Orioles don’t respect history … it’s that from the very beginning Baltimore was intent on making its own history.

And to that end the franchise has been extraordinarily successful.

In St. Louis, the Browns had more 100-loss seasons than any team in baseball history—in Baltimore, it barely took Earl Weaver a decade to manage the Orioles to five 100-win seasons. In St. Louis, the Browns backed into one Pennant in five decades. In Baltimore, the Orioles built a powerhouse that dominated the better part of two decades and won six Pennants.

There have been ups-and-downs obviously—like every franchise—and plenty of lean years to go with the championships, but with its successes and the many legends its produced since 1954, the Orioles have achieved the same “status” if you will as its division rivals New York and Boston as being one of baseball’s truly great franchises.

A virtual who’s who of baseball royalty spent time playing in Baltimore—from Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson and Jim Palmer, to Cal Ripken, Jr. and Eddie Murray, to today’s superstars Chris Davis and Manny Machado. You can’t discuss the game’s greatest moments without including the Orioles. You can’t tour the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown without seeing the influence of the Birds.

This is a book of trivia and history. It’s meant for diehard baseball fans, but whether or not you count yourself part of Orioles fandom is irrelevant, because the history of the Birds is inextricably linked with the history of baseball—so sit back and reminisce with ten chapters of Baltimore Orioles history, baseball stories, and 200 brand new trivia questions that will wrack your brain and test your skills. It’s your Orioles IQ, the ultimate test of true fandom.