Sports from Hell

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 4, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 224 pages
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The most popular sports columnist in America puts his life (and dignity) on the line in search of the most absurd sporting event on the planet.

What is the stupidest sport in the world? Not content to pontificate from the sidelines, Rick Reilly set out on a global journey—with stops in Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Denmark, England, and even a maximum security prison at Angola, Louisiana—to discover the answer to this enduring question.

From the physically and mentally taxing sport of chess boxing to the psychological battlefield that is the rock-paper-scissors championship, to the underground world of illegal jart throwing, to several competitions that involve nudity, Reilly, in his valiant quest, subjected himself to both bodily danger and abject humiliation (or, in the case of ferret legging, both).

These fringe sports offer their participants a chance to earn a few bucks and achieve the eternal glory that is winning—even when the victory in question might strike some as pointless, like the ability to sit in an oven-hot sauna for the longest time. It's debatable whether these sports push the body or just human idiocy to the outermost limits, but one thing is for sure: Sports in Hell is laugh-out-loud hilarious and will deliver plenty of unabashed fun.

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This book was hilarious and very informative! I was hooked just reading the sample and had to get it. Rick Reilly is a wonderful writer and he makes you fully experience even the most outlandish and crazy sports. I only wish there were more pictures in the book. Reilly does a great job of illustrating everything, but the only pictures were the tiny images without a caption at the beginning of each chapter. Regardless, it is definitely one of my favorite funny books. 

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RICK REILLY has been voted National Sportswriter of the Year ten times. Formerly a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, he now writes a column for ESPN: The Magazine and and appears on the TV network. He is also the New York Times bestselling author of several books, including Who's Your Caddy?

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