A book this aimless and unorganized should be this irresistible, but
great sports writing trumps all. The authors—two write/edit online
for a sports Web site, the third is a banker (!)—have pulled
together a grab bag of intriguing, well-researched sports topics. There's
the all-rotund pitching staff, which includes Michey Lolich and Fernando
Valenzuela. There's the list of franchise-killing losses, including
the 1992 seventh-game Braves victory over the Pirates, who haven't
recovered since. The list of worst trades, including Boston's Jeff
Bagwell for Houston's Larry Anderson, and, of coures, "Brock for Broglio."
And the list of the worst of grotesque injuries — don't ask.
The "Overrated" section alone, which includes Joe Namath's career,
Notre Dame football, and U.S.A. World Cup soccer, is enough to propel
sports geeks through this book in a sitting or two. Irreverent humor
makes this joy ride that much zippier.
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