Sports from Hell

My Search for the World's Dumbest Competition

By Rick Reilly
(Random House Large Print Publishing, Paperback, Large Print, 9780739377437, 298pp.)

Publication Date: May 18, 2010

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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.




About the Author
Eleven-time National Sportswriter of the Year Rick Reilly is a front-page columnist for ESPN.com. He is the author of 10 books, including the "New York Times" bestsellers "Hate Mail from Cheerleaders, Missing Links, "and "Who's Your Caddy?"
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