Now You Know Big Book of Sports

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Dundurn, Sep 7, 2009 - Reference - 536 pages
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Ever wonder where the figure skating terms axel, salchow, and lutz came from? Or why a curling tournament is called a "brier"? And how about a "haymaker" in boxing or a "high five" in any sport? Well, Doug Lennox, the world champion of trivia, is back to score touchdowns, hit homers, and knock in holes-in-one every time with a colossal compendium of Q&A athletics that has all anyone could possibly want to know from archery and cycling to skiing and wrestling and everything in between. What’s more, Doug goes for gold with a wealth of Winter and Summer Olympics lore and legend that will amaze and captivate armchair fans and fervent competitors alike.

  • What do the five Olympic rings and their colours represent?
  • Why does the winner of the Indianapolis 500 drink milk in victory lane?
  • Who was the first player ever to perform a slam dunk in a basketball game?
  • Why are golfers’ shortened pants called "plus-fours"?
  • When was the Stanley Cup not awarded?
  • Why does the letter k signify a strikeout on a baseball score sheet?
  • Where is the world’s oldest tennis court?
 

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Contents

Preface
7
Hockey
9
Soccer
47
Football
95
Rugby
133
Baseball
143
Basketball
183
Lacrosse
197
Golf
307
Bowling
349
Running
355
Cycling
363
Skiing and Snowboarding
375
Auto Racing
385
Boxing and Wrestling
397
Winners and Champions
409

Curling
205
Olympics
213
Tennis
295
Question and Feature List
491
Copyright

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Doug Lennox is an internationally acclaimed broadcaster, a veteran character actor, a commercial voice artist, and a bestselling author. He has appeared in more than 60 films and television features, including X-Men, Police Academy, Lonesome Dove, and Against the Ropes, and has shared screen time with Meg Ryan, Hugh Jackman, James Garner, Burt Reynolds, Holly Hunter, Charles Bronson, Eric McCormack, Gary Oldman, and a myriad of others.

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