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An Incomplete and Inaccurate History of Sport: . . . and Other Random Thoughts from Childhood to Fatherhood
An Incomplete and Inaccurate History of Sport: . . . and Other Random Thoughts from Childhood to Fatherhood Kenny Mayne 0307396150 9780307396150 Painstakingly faithful to its title, Kenny Maynes book is neither complete nor is it
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An Incomplete and Inaccurate History of Sport: . . . and Other Random Thoughts from Childhood to Fatherhood by Kenny Mayne

Painstakingly faithful to its title, Kenny Maynes book is neither complete nor is it particularly accurate. Ostensibly an A-to-Z encyclopedia of all known sports, many sports are never mentioned. Theres not a word about rugby, volleyball, Roller Derby, swimming, or (shockingly) Basque pelota or shinty. There is a chapter about sliding, but none about skiing. Competitive eating and rhythmic gymnastics will have to wait for another book. However, there are roughly eight chapters about tackle football-the greatest sport in the world, and everyone knows it-and a good four or five about horse racing, so quit complaining before youve even read the book. There will be plenty of time for complaining after youve finished it (about an hour from now-tops). Those sports that are covered in the book are examined with exhaustive inattention to unretained detail. Many chapters have nothing to do with sport. For instance, the chapter on hunting is about hunting for a hassle-free triple tall Americano light on the water. So, then, what exactly is this book-like thing you hold in your hands? Part nostalgic memoir (like the summer Mark Sansaver hit 843 home runs in backyard Wiffle ball), part Dave Barry--esque riffs (like explaining bocce to non-Italians), part scholarly tract (includes the origins of tackle football), and part metafiction (see Time-outs). . . all with illustrations drawn by Kennys daughters, it is what Kenny calls his anti coffee-table book, or Coaster. The publisher calls it $24.95. Reviewers like Michiko Kakutani may call it insipid, but because Kenny has included a revolutionary backwords following the books foreword, shell have to call it an insipidbreakthrough of a book. So what is this book-like thing? Like the great mysteries in life, youll have to decide for yourself. *That would include a thought I just had. This thought had something to do with Wiffle ball. What a great chapter. But thats not to say the chapter on hunting is terrible even though its mostly about coffee. Plus I wrote stuff about my children. Theres even a chapter on jai alai. This book has both still photographs and still illustrations. It doesnt have any moving pictures. That would have required the inclusion of a projector and a big white screen in the book, and Im trying to take a stand on energy conservation. Strangely enough, Ken Griffey Jr. asked me if the book would have video. This will make sense when you read the chapter on him.

Author: Kenny Mayne

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 256

Publisher: Crown Archetype

Publication Date: 2008-04-22

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ISBN: 0307396150


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