"From Mike Pesca, host of the popular Slate podcast The Gist, comes the greatest sports minds imagining how the world would change if a play, trade, injury, or referee's call had just gone the other way. No announcer ever proclaimed: "Up Rises Frazier!""Havlicek commits the foul, trying to steal the ball!" or "The Giants Lose the Pennant, The Giants Lose The Pennant!" Such moments are indelibly etched upon the mind of every sports fan. Or rather, they would be, had they happened. Sports are notoriouslygames of inches, and when we conjure the thought of certain athletes - like Bill Buckner or Scott Norwood - we can't help but apply a mental tape measure to the highlight reels of our minds. Players, coaches, and of course fans, obsess on the play when they ask, "What if?" Upon Further Review is the first book to answer that question. Upon Further Review is a book of counterfactual sporting scenarios. In its pages the reader will find expertly reported histories, where one small event is flipped on its head, and the resulting ripples are carefully documented, the likes of... What if the U.S. Boycotted Hitler's Olympics? What if Bobby Riggs beat Billie Jean King? What if Bucky Dent popped out at the foot of the Green Monster? What if Drew Bledsoe never got hurt? Upon Further Review takes classic arguments conducted over pints in a pub and places them in the hands of dozens of writers, athletes, and historians. From turning points that every sports fan rues or celebrates, to the forgotten would-be inflection points that defined sports, Upon Further Review answers age old questions, and settles the score, even if the score bounced off the crossbar"—
The sports journalist author of What's My Name, Fool? presents a portrait of the football legend, Hollywood star and controversial activist that includes coverage of Brown's work with Black Power and the allegations of sexual violence that overshadowed his career.
Traces the history of the athlete activist, detailing the challenges historical and present day athletes face and how the relationship between sports and politics has always been more complicated for Black athletes.
An actor, podcaster and sports personality uses his signature smack-talk style to assess what is wrong in professional athletics today, sharing irreverent observations on everything from Tiger Woods' need to stay virile for the sake of his game to the author's unrequited crush on Mary Lou Retton.
José and Miguel Treviño were bonded by blood and a shared vision of a better life. But they chose different paths that would end at the same violent crossroads — with considerable help from the FBI and an enigmatic, all-American snitch.
Presents an unauthorized portrait of the iconic champion fighter, arguing that race was a central theme in Muhammad Ali's career, faith ,and advocacy work and that his political beliefs and neurological health shaped his complex character.
A dual portrait of the WWE Champion and his rising-star daughter traces his struggles with private setbacks, public controversy, and family tragedy, as well as Charlotte's efforts to establish an independent career outside the shadow of her famous father.
Inside the Tailgating, Ticket-Scalping, Mascot-Racing, Dubiously Funded, and Possibly Haunted Monuments of American Sport
An exploration of the modern American sports stadium traces the stories of iconic stadiums and fields as well as the rowdy customs that have become related traditions, from scalper turf wars and tailgate parties to fighter-jet flyovers and death-defying halftime shows.
The Story Behind the Old Stats That Are Ruining the Game, the New Ones That Are Running It, and the Right Way to Think About Baseball
The ESPN writer presents an argument for a more accurate measurement of baseball player performance through the use of sabermetrics, as opposed to more antiquated methods that rely on irrelevant statistics and subjective observations.
Daniel James Brown traces the story of an American rowing team from the University of Washington that defeated elite rivals at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder and a homeless teen rower.
"In Knowing the Score, philosopher David Papineau explores what philosophy can teach us about sports, and what sports can teach us about philosophy. Beginning with various sporting questions and challenges, Papineau digs into modern philosophy's most perplexing questions. For instance, he discusses drafting techniques in cycling to shed new light on questions of altruism, and examines cricket family "dynasties" to help broaden the debate over nature v. nurture. When Papineau began writing this book, he thought he could illuminate sports by viewing it through a philosophical lens. But the more he wrote, the more he realized that it was the other way around - the study of sports clarifies, challenges, and sometimes confuses crucial issues in philosophy. Why do sports competitors choke? How can Roger Federer select which shot to play in 400 milliseconds? Why do fans think God will favor their team over their rivals? Why does motor racing, but not football, run in families? How can it be moral to deceive theumpire by framing a pitch? From all of these questions, and many more, philosophy has a great deal to learn. An entertaining and and erudite book that ranges far and wide through the sporting world, Knowing the Score is perfect reading for armchair philosophers and Monday morning quarterbacks alike"—