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The Best American Sports Writing 2007 Paperback – October 10, 2007
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The formula is the same for the 2007 edition of the book. Glenn Stout narrows down the field or candidates, and David Maraniss makes the final selections about what goes in the book. Maraniss has written top-notch biographies of Roberto Clemente and Vince Lombardi, so he's well-qualified for the job here.
Now, the tough part about a review of this is that it comes down to personal taste. All of the stories will be well done; that's almost a given. Your opinion of a particular year will depend on how you react to the tastes of a particular editor.
In this year's case, Maraniss went in some unexpected directions. A Slovenian cyclist? A woman race car driver from Brazil? Snook? All of these stories will have their supporters among readers of the book, while others might fight them a little too "out there."
Then again, the "out there" stories can offer the biggest surprise. "Talking Turkey" by Bill Buford is about a man who likes to raise wild animals personally, and then release them into the wilderness. It might be difficult to explain the sports connection here, although some of the story connects with hunting, but no matter the category it's an unusual and fascinating tale.
Other personal favorites this time around:
* Derek Zumsteg's "Bugs Bunny, Greatest Banned Player Ever" -- Takes an old cartoon baseball game and tries to make scientific sense out of it. Absolutely unique.
* William Finnegan's "Blank Monday," about a huge change in the surfboard manufacturing business.Read more ›
In fact here is a list of the additional sports covered in this book:
-High school "futbol"
-High school football
-Former NFL player Jake Scott's wherabouts today
-Mark McGwire in retirement
-The first $100,000 bonus given to a baseball player
-Don King & boxing
-Olympic skiier Bode Miller
-A woman race-car driver
-Shady HS Basketball sneaker company recruiting
-Former college football star's life after serious injury
-Pickup basketball games
-Former college basketball player's encounter with stopping the shoe bomber
I am giving this book 5 stars to off-set the one-star rating because this book doesn't deserve that low of a rating. Most of the short-stories are from well-respected publications and notable authors. It is hard to read this book straight through because of the variety of the work, but it was a very high quality read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
No way is this collection worthy of only one star. There are too many good or better than good stories, as David Maraniss mixed it up to include a lot of different sports. Read morePublished on October 11, 2008 by T. Burket
I read the reviews here, but thought, "how bad can it be?" It's very bad. Every single story was dull, dull, dull. David Halberstam, we miss you!!!Published on July 29, 2008 by Hotspur