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An Incomplete and Inaccurate History of Sport: . . . and Other Random Thoughts from Childhood to Fatherhood Hardcover – April 22, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype; 1 edition (April 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307396150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307396150
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,167,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Mayne, known for his sarcasm on ESPN's SportsCenter, submits in his debut a tongue-in-cheek sports encyclopedia, featuring such entries as rock throwing and Wiffle ball, along with facts mixed with dubious statements. For example, dodgeball ends when the PE teacher gets back from hitting on one of the substitutes and tackle football is the greatest sport in the world and everyone knows it. Stories from Mayne's life as a sports-loving kid in Washington State, a quarterback and father to two little girls round out the book. On TV, Mayne might be entertaining; as an author, he is overbearing, often trying to get more play out of a single joke than it can bear. Other comedic observations, such as security lines at airports and the perils of getting the right order at Starbucks, read like stale standup routines. The book's best parts feature Mayne straying from his funnyman persona to reflect on his personal life. Glimpses of the man behind the mockery are far too infrequent within Mayne's relentless, tiresome attempts at generating laughs. (Apr.)
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About the Author

KENNY MAYNE is the little man that seems to live inside your TV. From his decades of hosting ESPN’s SportsCenter, his announcing major events like the Kentucky Derby, his weekly irreverent (bordering on surreal) pregame segments for ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown, The Mayne Event, his reality-TV life on Dancing with the Stars and Fast Cars & Superstars, and his appearances on The Martha Stewart Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, to his ubiquitous commercials for companies such as Top Flite and GMC, you practically can’t go a day without seeing Kenny on your screen. An Incomplete and Inaccurate History of Sport is the first book in his impending oeuvre.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Craig D. Best Jr. on May 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book was a great read. With Kenny Mayne's quirky sense of humor, splashes of childhood stories, drawing by his daughters, and touching moments through his life, I couldn't put the thing down. Seriously it took me like 3 or 4 days to finish the book. The chapter about his Dancing with the Stars appearance was one of my favorites.

if you are a fan of his Mayne Event segments on ESPN you will love this book
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kid at Heart on May 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Overall, Kenny Mayne cracks me up. I love his Dance Center segments on ABC's Dancing With The Stars. I've long enjoyed him on SportsCenter as well.

I expected more of the same stuff in this book, and that's exactly what I got. Even though it's supposed to be an incomplete and inaccurate history of sport, I honestly expected a little more about the sports themselves. Instead Kenny seems to segue a lot into childhood memories.

While I wanted more of his quirky take on sports, I found myself really enjoying the look back to childhood. His talking about wiffle ball, and it being the second greatest sport of all time really made me laugh because it sparked memories of my own. While I can't claim to have hit 843 home runs in a single summer, I laughed and reminisced about my own childhood while reading through his.

There were chapters in there that seemed a little like filler and nothing more, and frankly, I wouldn't have minded more about the relation to sports growing up.

Overall though, it was a quick, fun read. I was done with it in a day. If you like Kenny Mayne's sense of humor, you'll enjoy the book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Aaron Carper on May 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My Father bought me the book and warned me that I could not stop reading it once I started. For everyone who loves Kenny's unique sense of humor and that "special way" of reporting sports and other stories at ESPN, the book is every bit written with the same humor only much more. One does not have to be a sports fanatic (although I am) to enjoy the book. It only requires wanting to be entertained for a couple hours and forget about the ills of the world for awhile (especially the election crap) The book tells a lot about Kenny Mayne, his family and his life in a very humorous way. My father who is 61 years of age told me he could identify with almost every sport mentioned. He also said that he (Bob Carper Ashley,Ohio 1958 holds the record (988) for wiffle ball home runs in a summer in case Kenny reads this review. But at 28, I must say, I loved the book. BUY IT! YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT! THANKS FATHER! AARON CARPER.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simon J. Buck on November 1, 2009
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If you're a fan of Kenny Mayne and or sports this is a MUST read.
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having a drink in a restaurant in Logan International Airport i. I looked him up on the internet and it turned out he had written this book. I read it and was definitely not disappointed.
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I am a big Kenny Mayne fan. His sense of humor is beyond the usual. In this book, he takes us through sports with giggles and tears in your eyes, ( from laughing.)
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Format: Kindle Edition
And I mean that as a compliment! The irreverent Kenny Mayne, of ESPN fame, writes a book that can be compared to Seinfeld' s television theme : it's a book about nothing. That being said, it is thoroughly enjoyable. If you are expecting keen insight into the world of sports, you may be disappointed. If you like reading books where you have no idea of it's path from beginning to end, much like this review, this one is for you! If anything, you can pick this up and put it down without pain or trepidation. You can then pick it up again and not feel like you missed much. And best of all, you will finish this and think to yourself...I'll never regain the time invested in reading this book. Yet, even after this, you will like this book. Thanks to the author, Mr. Kenny Mayne, who leads us into his personal life through witty anecdotes in a unique and irreverent writing style.
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By S. Bates on July 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is arguably the best coaster in the history of sports-themed coffee table books. If you buy it on audiobook like I did, you have the added benefit of your house guests not feeling obliged to be subjected to it, much less discuss it afterwards.

I'm about halfway through the book - which is probably farther than Mayne expected his readers to get - and I am absolutely loving it. As a daughter of a loving father who also bought me fake earrings and taught me to throw a football correctly (I assume), I find his stories relatable and hilarious, if not completely inaccurate. But that's what the title promised anyway.
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