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Sports from Hell: My Search for the World's Dumbest Competitionby Rick Reilly
Synopses & Reviews
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.
A popular sports columnist searches for the most absurd sporting event on the planet, in a book that looks at such gems as chess boxing, the rock-paper-scissors championship, the illegal world of jart throwing, a sport that involves putting a ferret down one's pants and much more. By the author of Who's Your Caddy?.
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 ESPN.com and appears on the TV network. He is also the New York Times bestselling author of several books, including Who's Your Caddy?
Table of Contents
Introduction: The rules — World sauna championships — Ferret legging — Bull poker — The three-mile golf hole — Rock-paper-scissors — Women's pro football — Chess boxing — Drinking games — Zorbing — Baseball — Nude bicycling — Jarts — Homeless soccer — Conclusion: The winner.
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