Sports from Hell
My Search for the World's Most Outrageous Competition
By Rick Reilly
(Anchor, Paperback, 9780767919708, 228pp.)
Publication Date: May 31, 2011
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Bestselling author and ESPN star, Rick Reilly delivers a hilarious, unabashedly fun, and at times, skin-searing tour through some of the world’s most amazing and outrageous sports
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, Rick Reilly subjected himself to both bodily danger and abject humiliation (or, in the case of ferret legging, both) in order to personally find the world's strangest sporting event. Chronicling his adventures as only he can, Rick enters a world of bizarre characters, fierce competition, and exotic locals--with stops in Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Denmark, England, and even a maximum security prison at Angola, Louisiana--and the result is a laugh-out-loud book perfect for any sport’s fan.
Rick Reilly has been voted National Sportswriter of the Year eleven times. Formerly a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, he now is a front-page columnist for ESPN.com and an essayist for ESPN SportsCenter, as well as ESPN's and ABC's golf coverage. He is also the New York Times bestselling author of several books, including Who's Your Caddy?
In his long career as a sports columnist, Rick Reilly has covered the biggest games, including the Super Bowl and World Series. But for his new book, Sports from Hell, Reilly sought out the championships of decidedly less conventional sports, such as bull poker, chess boxing and jarts. More at NPR.org
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"Reilly could write about lawn bowling and make it funny, informative, and entertaining."--Los Angeles Times
“[Reilly] knows and delivers a good story when he sees it . . . readers can’t help but be touched by the sheer ingenuity of many of these games and the sheer courage of many of the participants.”--Booklist