Sports from HELL book


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 question nobody else really saw the need to ask.

From the brain-and-body-taxing sport of Chess Boxing, to the mind war that is the Rock-Paper-Scissors Championship, to the underground world of illegal Jart Throwing, to way too much nudity, Reilly—in his valiant quest—subjected himself to both bodily danger and abject humiliation (or, in the case of Ferret Legging, both).

These F-list 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 room for the longest time in the World Sauna Championships. These sports push the body—and human idiocy—to the outermost limits, but one thing is for sure: SPORTS FROM HELL is laugh-out-loud hilarious and will deliver plenty of unabashed fun.

Author Bio:

Rick Reilly has been voted National Sportswriter of the Year eleven times. Formerly a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, he writes the back-page column for ESPN: The Magazine, is an featured columnist, and appears on the network including as host of Homecoming. He is also the New York Times bestselling author of several books, including "Who's Your Caddy?"

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Praise for "Who’s Your Caddy?"

“Reilly could write about lawn bowling and make it funny, informative, and entertaining. You never know what the next page is going to bring.” —Los Angeles Times

“Good, wacky fun—and the primo Father’s Day gift of the year” —Fortune

Praise for "Missing Links"

"You don't need to know your bogeys from your birdies to find at least three laughs per page in this novel."—The New York Times Book Review

"Part Damon Runyon, part Raymond Chandler, and part Caddyshack...I was hooked for the full 18." —Entertainment Weekly

Praise for "Shanks for Nothing"

“The most entertaining golf novel not written by Dan Jenkins. This is a must read for any fan of golf—or of good humor.”—Star Telegram

“showcases the underrate eloquence of male banter….fast-paced, hilarious (and often raunchy) hijinks…Reilly can add another stroke of genius to his scorecard” —Rocky Mountain News

Praise for "Slo Mo"

"A splendid comic device whose literal telling of his NBA career says more about pro sports than he could ever know."—Chicago Tribune

"[An] inspired satire, a laugh-a-minute, sometimes bawdy, over-the-top riff on everyone and everything associated with professional basketball. If you don't find something to laugh at with Slo-Mo!, run out, don't walk, and find a sense of humor." —Denver Post