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Dark Horses and Underdogs: The Greatest Sports Upsets of All Time
Les Krantz
0446577030
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Perfect for sports fans young and old, here is a terrific, oversize book featuring the 50 greatest sports upsets of all time-including an action-packed DVD of amazing clips that can be enjoyed again and again.Everyone loves an underdog, and in this wonderful collection packed with photos, the most astounding triumphs and comebacks in sports history are presented in one stunning volume. Featuring the remarkable teams, Olympians, and other athletes who weren+t given a chance at victory, DARK HORSES AND UNDERDOGS is about how they overcame impossible odds and triumphed in the face of extraordinary adversity. The accompanying DVD documentary-narrated by award-winning sportscaster Jim Lampley of HBO and NBC Sports-includes newsreels, interviews, and game footage as a perfect complement to all the action featured in the...


Why My Wife Thinks I'm an Idiot : The Life and Times of a Sportscaster Dad
Mike Greenberg
1400064384
March 7, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
SportsCenter and ESPN Radio mainstay Greenberg wanted to be a journalist, but changed his mind when he was asked, while working at a smalltown newspaper, to interview the mother of a high school valedictorian who had just tragically died. Greenberg moved on to covering sports and never looked back, believing there's nothing better than "investing everything into something that means absolutely nothing." Indeed, his book resembles Seinfeld, with its lightly humorous yet serious renditions of everyday minutiae. Divided into transcripts from some of Greenberg's radio monologues and journal entries about his family life, the book is another entry in the Men Are from Mars... school of sociological observation. Greenberg's viewpoint on the opposite sex essentially involves his subtitle: describing the things he does...


Real Ultimate Power
Robert Hamburger
080652569X
July 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Dear Stupid Idiots, A lot of you have been saying that I don’t know anything about REAL ninjas. But that’s a bunch of bull crap! You dummies don’t know anything. And maybe YOU should get a life. I bet a lot of you have never even seen a girl naked! You idiots believe that ninjas had some "code of honor." Yeah right! If by "code of honor," you mean "code to flip out and go nuts for absolutely no reason at all even if it means that people might think you are totally insane or sweet," then you are right. But if you mean a "code to be nice and speak nicely while sharing and not cutting off heads," then you’re the biggest idiot ever!!!!!! So if you have any brains, you will shut up and get a life. So go shut up, you stupid idiot. No thank you, Robert Hamburger


Never Sniff a Gift Fish
Patrick F. McManus
0805000313
Sept 1984
Paperback
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Review
"Patrick McManus is a treasure."--The Atlantic

"Everybody should read Patrick McManus."--The New York Times Book Review

"A style that brings to mind Mark Twain, Art Buchwald, and Garrison Keillor."--People

"The funniest writer around today."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"McManus captures the innocence most of us lose when we become grown-up, and reading him you can't help recalling similar times and events in your own life."--Booklist


Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life
Michael Lewis
0393060918
May 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Lewis (Liar's Poker; Moneyball) remembers his high school baseball coach, Coach Fitz, a man so intense a room felt "more pressurized simply because he was in it." At the New Orleans private school Lewis attended in the late 1970s, Coach Fitz taught kids to fight "the natural instinct to run away from adversity" and to battle their way through all the easy excuses life offers for giving up. He was strict, but he made such an impression on his students that now, 25 years later, alumni want to name a new gym after him. But the parents of today's students aren't as wowed by Coach Fitz's tough love. They call the headmaster with complaints, saying Coach Fitz is too mean to their children and insisting on sitting on his shoulder as he attempts to coach. A desire to set these new parents straight may be the underlying...


The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook
Dozens of, et al
0811825558
October 1, 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
How to Wrestle Free from an Alligator: 4. If its jaws are closed on something you want to remove (for example, a limb), tap or punch it on the snout.

Though it's being marketed as a humorous title--after all, it's unlikely you'll be called upon to land a plane, jump from a motorcycle to a moving car, or win a swordfight--the information contained in The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook is all quite sound. Authors Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht consulted numerous experts in their fields (they're cited at the end of the book) to discover how to survive various and sundry awful events. Parachute doesn't open? Your best bet for survival is to hook your arms through the straps of a fellow jumper's chute--and even then you're likely to dislocate both shoulders and break both legs. Car sinking in water?...



Chicken Soup for the Sports Fan's Soul: Stories of Insight, Inspiration and Laughter in the World of Sports
Jack Canfield
155874875X
November 2000
Paperback
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From AudioFile
The popularity of sports and sports personalities in our culture is fertile ground for the stories collected in this entertaining audio. Though the stories focus on sports celebrities, they're really about all of us and provide great life lessons and touching personal insights. Each story seems just the right length--most are so packed with inspiration you want to rewind to savor them--and there's not a clunker among them. Listeners will be familiar with many of these tales, adding to program's homey appeal. A work of art and a great gift for anyone fascinated with this part of American culture. T.W. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

Book Description
For pure...


Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Tees Off on Golf
Bathroom Readers' Institute
1592233821
June 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Compiled by Uncle John’s crack team of investigators, this witty and informative romp serves up a bounty of fascinating facts and tantalizing tidbits about the great game of golf. While it may not settle the question as to whether or not golf is a sport, the book does answer burning questions such as "Where is the largest sand trap?" (Clementon, NJ — a mere half acre); "How much do Americans spend on golf balls?" ($600 million per year); and "Is there a course that offers the chance to play with a live Bengal tiger?" (Yes! The Monu Valley Golf Club in Northern Bangladesh). Golf movies and presidential duffers — the good and the not-quite-so-good — are discussed, and captive audiences can learn the game’s history: its players, equipment, courses, famous flubs, and ever-changing fashions and...


The Best American Sports Writing of the Century
David Halberstam (Editor)
0395945143
June 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
Given the overall vigor and volume of sports writing in America throughout the 20th century, the idea of compiling a single collection dubbed the "best" requires a daring balancing act of boldness and delicacy. And that's just what it is. Sports fans--but why limit this sparkling, spirited, passionate prose to just sports fans?--will revel in the equilibrium of David Halberstam's and Glenn Stout's wide range of selections. Their tribute to the knights of the keyboards is Hall of Fame-level from cover to cover.

Halberstam and Stout don't waste any time. They lead off with one of the great tours de force of American nonfiction, Gay Talese's stunningly poignant, 1966 profile of a moody Joe DiMaggio, "The Silent Season of a Hero." Then, before you can finish digesting it, they loudly switch gears to Tom Wolfe's "The Last...



Who's Your Caddy : Looping for the Great, Near Great, and Reprobates of Golf
Rick Reilly
0385488858
May 6, 2003
Hardcover
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Book Review
To really know someone, as the saying goes, you must walk a mile in their shoes. But to really understand a golfer, you've got to work as their caddy. Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly managed to get some very intriguing golfers to let him lug their bag and write what he learned both about the game and the folks who play it. Going hole to hole with them let Reilly know a different side of veterans such as John Daly, David Duval, Tom Lehman, and Jack Nicklaus. But Reilly also went beyond the pros to caddy for Deepak Chopra, Donald Trump, professional gambler Dewey Tomko, and Bob Newhart. In some cases, the portraits that emerge fall directly in line with the popular image but at other times it's just the opposite. Daly is sober but has shifted his addiction to massive amounts of Diet Coke, candy, and marriages; Duval...


The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook
Joshua Piven
0811834603
Apr 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
The authors of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook take to the links! Dave and Josh join golf fanatic James Grace, drawing on their own tragic exploits and the experience of experts to help golfers survive dozens of dire situations. Learn how to finish a round with a broken arm, deal with a cigar brush fire, cure golf addiction, or remove a tick. Discover the best way to play out of a water hazard, make it through a lightning storm, or survive being hit in the privates. Hands-on, illustrated, step-by-step instructions guide you through these and other perils lurking on the fairway. With an appendix of rules for bizarre mis-haps, strategies for surmounting dress-code and equipment crises, and other essential survival tips, this handy guide won't help you save par-but it could save your bacon! Don't tee off without...


Dave Barry's Stay Fit and Healthy Until You're Dead
Dave Barry, Jerry O'Brien (Illustrator)
0878575707
May 2000
Paperback
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Review
"His uncelebrity fitness book is probably the funniest thing on the market today."--People magazine

"Undaunted by the USA's hopeless devotion to physical fitness, author Dave Barry squares off against serious exercise junkies with Stay Fit and Healthy Until You're Dead, identifying the absurdity of it all in textbook format."--USA Today


Book Description
Fitness and vitality can be yours, writes Dave Barry-- provided you have the discipline, drive, and the plain old-fashioned guts required to procure the necessary steroids. This manual may help, too, but you'll just have to buy it and find out.

Barry on executive fitness
Today's top executives eat teeny meals and run 10 miles and play tennis and work out every day. Of course, they're so busy...


Sports Star (Mad Libs Junior Series)
Roger Price
0843107707
February 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
What’s a great way for children to begin learning grammar while having loads of fun? Playing Mad Libs Junior! Featuring the same wacky sense of humor as our original Mad Libs® series, but tailored for the younger reader, we’ve designed these books to help teach some of the basics. Each puzzle includes four categories of words to choose from, indicated by a distinct symbol. Each symbol represents a part of speech and a list of words is offered. To play, kids are told the category from which to pick a word, including categories such as NOUNS, ADJECTIVES, VERBS and MISCELLANEOUS. Mad Libs Junior is even designed for smaller hands, with a jumbo 7 1/2 x 10 3/8 inch trim size, a larger space to fill in the blanks for beginning writers, and 48 pages per book. From baseball to football to soccer, kids are...


The Great Duck Misunderstanding & Other Stories
Brian R. Peterson
1572239832
Sept 2005
Paperback
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Knock Knock Who's There : My First Book Of Knock Knock Jokes
Tad Hills (Illustrator)
0689834136
June 1, 2000
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1-This delightful introduction to the ever popular form of playground humor is sure to delight youngsters. Each two-page spread presents a new joke opposite a gatefold flap that delivers the punch line. The colorful illustrations of the animal characters demonstrate the humor of the play on words. For instance, "Knock, knock. Who's there? Anita" shows a neat little pig in a sundress holding flowers. Opening the gatefold bearing the words, "Anita who?" reveals a muddied porcine with shovel and pail exclaiming, "Anita bath!" The multicolored pastel pages provide a funny backdrop for this collection. This is a great choice for individual sharing or storytime, but be prepared-children are bound to repeat these jokes again and again.Hennie Vaandrager, Byron Township Library, Byron Center, MI...


Big Book of Baseball Brainteasers
Dom Forker
1402713371
January 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Here’s one big baseball book for big fans of the game. They’ll find plenty to enjoy and challenge them: fun facts, questions and answers, cool quotations from the greats, and amusing line drawings. And the trivia covers all the bases, focusing on bats, the pitcher’s mound, the infield, base runners, and the dugout; and even taking a look off the field and into the press box. What does an umpire do when a blackout occurs midway through a game? What team had one of the most potent lineups of all time, with an incredible five men who had more than 100 runs in a season and three eventual Hall of Famers? Perfect for those with baseball on the brain.


The Best of the Show
Bill Scheft
044657807X
May 2005
Hardcover
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–Larry David, creator of “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
"The difference between Scheft and joke machines is the machines occasionally require maintenance. And the machine’s not a self-hating Jew."

–Dan Patrick, ESPN SportsCenter anchor and host of “The Dan Patrick Show”
"…Should be required reading for every sports fan. You can’t stop the laughter, you can only hope to contain it."

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Spanning the World: The Crazy Universe of Big-Time Sports, All-Star Egos, and Hall of Fame Bloopers
Len Berman
0060757523
May 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Berman has been a fixture on the New York City sports scene since the 1980s, but he is best know nationally for the sports bloopers he collects in his "Spanning the World" pieces on the Tonight Show. This collection of funny or unusual anecdotes draws from both "Spanning" video and his own memory bank. Along the way, Berman offers insights into such various sports figures as Bob Knight and Arthur Ashe, but it's the oddball stuff that will most interest readers, including the story of a practical joke played by Detroit Piston Rick Mahorn, who told a referee during a game that teammate Joe Dumars had just scored his twenty-thousandth career point. Dumars was actually 5,000 short, but Mahorn's deception generated an impromptu ceremony that interrupted the game. There are hundreds of similar stand-alone anecdotes...


Little League Confidential : One Coach's Completely Unauthorized Tale of Survival
William Geist, Bill Geist
0440508770
February 9, 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
Journalist Bill Geist, who is familiar to viewers of the CBS Evening News, used to be a Little League coach in New Jersey. And he somehow lived to tell about it. When first published in 1992, Little League Confidential assumed cult status as a baseball classic, though some just considered it one very funny book. Geist reveals the ups and downs (well, mostly downs) of coaching a team sponsored by a local beauty salon. His portraits of players and parents and his thoughts on competition in small town New Jersey are heartfelt and hilarious. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly
This Little League coach's account of his woes, travails and soul storms in the course of one season is side-splitting. Geist, a CBS News...


The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw
Patrick F. McManus
0805013407
May 1990
Paperback
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Book Review
The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw is a delightful treasury of McManus's favorite (mostly outdoor) adventures with friends. His stories explore the human capacity to laugh in the face of misfortune, such as "The Night the Bear Ate Goombaw" (Goombaw is Eddie Muldoon's grandmother) and "The Fried Flies, Please, and Easy on the Garlic," a story of dinner-party adversity: [CODE] "Martha starts. 'I do hope you won't take offense, Mr. McGinnis, but I view hunters as the lowest form of life, not excluding bacteria and algae.' 'No offense taken,' I reply, glad for an excuse to ignore my vichyssoise, which I view as the lowest form of food, not excluding lichens and boiled beets." [CODE] American humorist Patrick McManus could make being snagged by a fishhook funny, and in fact, he does. In his story...


Lost Balls: Great Holes, Tough Shots, and Bad Lies
Charles Lindsay
0821261851
May 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Charles Lindsay's photographs offer a humorous and inquisitive foray into the hazards where golf balls are lost--rough, woods, bunkers, and wetlands--as well as unexpected encounters with wildlife on and off the green. An avid golfer with plenty of experience losing balls, Lindsay photographs his way to the heart of the game with a light touch and an eye for telling details. In the process, he discovers balls ravaged by golfers, gators, and foxes--and lost for over a century. Lindsay even encounters what is believed to be the world's oldest golf ball--unearthed in a cellar in the Netherlands alongside a primitive club. The photographs were taken at celebrated courses in North America, England, Scotland, and Ireland: Pebble Beach, Bandon Dunes, Bethpage, Fossil Trace, Troon, St. Andrews, Royal St. Georges,...


The Devil Wears Pinstripes
Jim Caple
0452285984
Mar 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
In The Devil Wears Pinstripes, Jim Caple, ESPN.com’s "designated Yankee hater," takes on the rabid fans of baseball’s twenty-six-time World Champions, and offers a decidedly different slant on the New York Yankees—the losers of thirteen World Series. Caple delivers his send-up of the evil empire with scathing irony, laying waste to all things Yankees. A creative and unauthorized timeline pokes fun at the organization’s trades, its legendary vanity, and its near-lethal stadium food. He skewers the owners, coaches and players—from the target of all targets George Steinbrenner to the pinstriped icons in the House That Ruth Built. Heroes and lesser mortals appear in all their tarnished glory, whether they’re participating in a World Series shutout, in drunken brawls at strip...


Embedded Balls : Adventures On and Off the Tour with Golf's Premier Storyteller
Peter Jacobsen
0399153160
August 18, 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Jacobsen has the deserved reputation of being professional golf's leading raconteur, and his second book (following 1993's Buried Lies) only reaffirms that distinction. Don't expect much in the way of structure here. The largely transitionless string of anecdotes has a -cocktail-hour feel to it (much like Jacobsen's Golf Channel television show), but that only adds to the sense of casual informality that fans admire in Jake's style on and off the course (and that stands in stark contrast to the stone-faced concentration of so many PGA competitors). Along with the expected low humor (emergency trips to the Porta-Potti), Jacobsen also provides detailed accounts of his inspirational victories in the Hartford Open at age 50 and in the U.S. Senior Open following hip surgery. There's not much in the way of controversy...


The Sports Fan Voodoo Kit
Voodini
0762424516
Oct 2005

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Book Description
The ultimate weapon for all those superstitious sports fans who need an extra edge in helping their team win. This amusing book-plus in our very successful Voodoo format (nearly half a million sold!) includes a 64-page book and plush voodoo doll with stickpins to push into all the wrong places. The book includes humorous text for casting dozens of such silly spells as Booboo Voodoo (simple injuries and mishaps), Pinning the Blame (creating internal dissent), and Voodoo Economics (money problems). The enclosed doll is printed with dozens of funny phrases promoting both good and bad mojo. Of course, pushing the pins into the doll "activate" the spells. Michael Regan is a recovering Philadelphia sports fan who now lives in Montana. He was worked as a sportswriter, editor, screenwriter, and author.


How to Throw a Golf Club
Tom Carey
1402205198
February 11, 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
Club throwing is an art! It relieves stress, burns calories and it keeps the other players on the course on their toes. So there's no need to lie, no need to be embarrassed. You're a club thrower--welcome to the club.

Here's your official guide to the art of club throwing, and it includes:

--Throwing clubs for distance and accuracy

--Club throwing Q&A

--The 20 basic throws

--What to do when you're REALLY teed off



About the Author
Tom Carey is the author of Teed Off! The Modern Guide to Golf and The Marriage Dictionary: The Unofficial True Meaning of I Do (Sourcebooks, 2005). He lives in Hudson, Ohio.



How Angel Peterson Got His Name
Gary Paulsen
0440229359
August 10, 2004
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-Paulsen accounts for his 13th year "of wonderful madness" when he and his friends tried to shoot a waterfall in a barrel, break the world record for speed on skis, hang glide with an Army surplus parachute, and perform other daredevilish stunts. Readers will be drawn to the term "extreme sports" but the story is more accurately one generation's version of homemade fun in the days following the Korean War when "radio was king" and the great outdoors served as the playground. Like much of his autobiographical fiction, these sketches are more episodic than plot driven. Paulsen exhibits a wry sense of humor and storytelling ability as if he were sitting on a country porch with eager listeners at his knee. In one chapter, a friend borrowed a quarter to wrestle a bear at the carnival to get the attention...


It's Only a Game: Words of Wisdom from a Lifetime in Golf
Jackie Burke
1592401163
March 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Gems of wisdom about golf and life—and a spirited call for a return to the game’s core values—from one of the game’s most respected elder statesmen and former champions Legendary player and teacher Jackie Burke is the preeminent elder statesman of American golf. A PGA Champion, a Masters Champion, a Vardon Trophy winner, and a PGA Player of the Year, he won four consecutive tournaments in 1952; and is a winner of seventeen events on the PGA Tour, a five-time Ryder Cup member (twice as captain), and a member of the PGA, Texas Golf, and World Golf Halls of Fame. Before leaving the PGA Tour he cofounded (with Jimmy Demaret) the world-famous Champions Golf Club (host of the Ryder Cup, U.S. Amateur, and five PGA Tour Championships) and has instructed students including Phil Mickelson, Hal...


Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Shoots and Scores!
Bathroom Readers' Institute
159223447X
Oct 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
This collection of slap shots, high sticks, and toothless grins offers fans everything they love about hockey: its colorful history, legendary players, and enough hard-hitting trivia to occupy even the most avid stat head. The latest title in the new Uncle John’s series dedicated to the wide (and weird!) world of sports, Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Shoots and Scores shares the origins of the "Coolest Game on Earth," the greatest teams in hockey history, the best (and worst) hockey movies of all time, the Incredible Exploding Zamboni (and those who lived to tell the tale), a rap sheet of hockey arrests, goalies' superstitions (Patrick Roy's conversations with goal posts; Glenn Hall's pre-game gastric cleansing), and much, much more.

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