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  • Series: The Best American Series (R)
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Original edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547152485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547152486
  • ASIN: B004H8GLWC
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Venerable (and venerated) baseball writer Gammons makes some fine picks in this twentieth annual installment of the excellent series. The 26 pieces include Thomas Lake’s inspiring story of two Pacific Northwest college softball players who carried an opponent around the bases after she’d hurt herself hitting her only career home run. There’s a disturbing look at the brain trauma and subsequent dementia suffered too frequently by NFL players. Michael Lewis’ perceptive New Yorker profile of Houston’s Shane Battier, defender extraordinaire against the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, is also reprised here. And the Boston Globe’s Bob Ryan and the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Plaschke, who appear on ESPN’s Around the Horn, show they’re not only about sound bites by delivering strong pieces on racial equality in the NBA and on a veteran MLB scout, respectively. No reason not to add this installment to a shelf beside its predecessors. --Alan Moores

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"Memorable reading...A must for all sports collections." (Booklist )

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The writing is very crisp and all the personalities stand out.
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When I saw that Peter Gammons was the guest editor for "The Best American Sports Writing - 2010," I knew I had to read this compilation of the best of the best.
Alan L. Chase
Highly recommend for any sports enthusiast, but equally for those who just want a good read of non-fiction short stories.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Barry Sparks VINE VOICE on November 21, 2010
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They don't call this annual collection of articles "The Best American Sports Writing" for nothing.

The articles combine great writing with sports topics. But as series editor Glenn Stout writes, the articles are "about sports, but they are so well written the subject hardly matters."

The subjects include golf, football, baseball, basketball, tennis, skiing, ice hockey, bicycling and running. The magazines that originally published the 26 articles include GQ, Outside, Sports Illustrated, Bicycling, Esquire, the New York Times Magazine and others.

Guest editor Peter Gammons explains the appeal of the articles in the introduction. "This collection is about sports, which means it's about the human race, its drive and passion, strengths and weaknesses, rises and falls, and the damages caused by the need for greatness."

He adds, "Athletes are people. People not unlike us. They are human. And that's what makes them more interesting."

While I didn't think I would read all 26 articles, I did. It's a testament to the high quality of writing and subject matter.

I thought the three most memorable articles were the ones about football players and concussions--"Offensive Play" by Malcolm Gladwell, "This is Ted Johnson's Brain" by Robert Sanchez and "This Is Your Brain on Football," by Jeanne Marie Laskas.

Whether you enjoy great writing, sports or both, this annual collection is well worth your time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PJ Coldren VINE VOICE on December 15, 2010
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I have found this series, in the past, to be entertaining as well as educational. I always learn something about a sport, sometimes a sport I know a bit about, usually about one I've never really been interested in. 2010 is no exception. I did quit reading about the football and brain injury stuff about mid-way through the third piece about it. It's certainly worth writing about, on a multitude of levels, but I didn't think this anthology needed as much about it as there was. One of the fringe benefits was the introduction by Glenn Stout. His comments about previous entries in the series motivated me to track down copies of several previous books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan L. Chase VINE VOICE on December 15, 2010
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When I saw that Peter Gammons was the guest editor for "The Best American Sports Writing - 2010," I knew I had to read this compilation of the best of the best. I have long been a fan of Gammons. His writing is always intriguing, and the personal conversations I have had with him over the years have always yielded nuggets of gold and insight. So, I knew his editorial eye would pick only those sports writing pieces worth reading.

As I made my way around the base paths of this 400 page compendium, it also became clear that Gammons had an agenda in selecting the pieces for this year's collection; several of the articles tackle the topic of the NFL's intransigence in addressing the issue of post-concussion syndrome. Malcolm Gladwell's piece, "Offensive Play, addresses the issue, Skip Hollansworth's article "(Still) Life" deals with a devastating football injury. In addition, we have Jeanne Marie Laskas writing "This Is Your Brain on Football," and Robert Sanchez offering "This Is Ted Johnson's Brain." Finally, Dan Le Betard gives us "Life Throws Bernie Kosar for a Loss," another tale of a failed ex-NFL player.

The collection is not all doom and gloom. There is a fascinating story about Dick Fosbury, the Olympic champion for the Mexico City Olympics who introduced the world to the "Fosbury Flop." The article is entitled "The Revolutionary," by Richard Hoffer.

Having grown up watching Bobby Orr's magic show on ice, I was intrigued with the two ways that Orr's presence is felt in this book. There is S.L. Price's article, "The Ever Elusive, Always Inscrutable, and Still Incomparable Booby Orr." In his Introduction, Peter Gammons offers this poignant vignette from his own personal encounter with Orr.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Stephans VINE VOICE on December 10, 2010
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This volume of Best American Sports Writing is full of great writing and interesting articles covering a range of topics and sports. I found all of the authors excellent and the articles interesting.

The articles consist of several intriguing profiles of athletes that include famous stars like Rafael Nadal, Shane Battier, Jose Conseco (infamous), Bobby Orr, Dick Fosbury and some unknowns like a college softball player who helped an injured opponent round the bases and a couple amateur athletes who suffered devasting injuries. There are three moving articles on the consequences of head traumas from playing football; these definitely will cause readers to look at football differently. A few articles look at the general states of sports regarding diversity and funding for public schools' sports programs.

The variety keeps it interesting and the writing will satisfy readers. At a couple points in the book I was became a bit frustrated with the focus on sports injuries and it seemed like maybe that seemed to be a theme of the book rather than sports in general, but the writing is so good and the articles are still sports related. Even though a total of five articles deal with football injuries, everyone of them held my interest completely.

Although I'm not an NBA fan, the profile on Shane Battier was one of the best and most enjoyable articles to read. It had the perfect balance of "inside-the-lines" and "outside-the-lines" focus--which can be said of the book as a whole.

My only suggestion for next year's edition is that I hope some writing on soccer is included. This should not be difficult since we had the World Cup in 2010.
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