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"Each of these selections transcends its athletic subject...A hit with both sports fans and those who are simply fans of good nonfiction." (Library Journal ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Series: Best American
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; 2011 ed. edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547336969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547336961
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,235,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Some strange choices here. The year's editor noted that she chose to eliminate a whole set of articles dealing with matters of Tiger Woods' infidelity and other topics because they made no real contribution to the genre, then she chose to include other journalistically insignificant pieces because they gave us a good sense of the happenings of the year in sports--articles, for instance, about voyeuristic swim coaches. What this really means, of course, is that no one really knows where to draw the line anymore between what is sports and what it is not. It's a tough assignment, right down to the last piece (about sportswriter Mike Penner) which had virtually nothing to do with sports, however politically necessary Ms. Leavy deemed its inclusion.

What is good is that the collection, as it does each year, includes some fabulous pieces, deeply telling stories that need depth to be good. "The Surfing Savant," "Danny Way and the Gift of Fear," "The Courage of Jill Costello"--here is where we see beauty in a genre that seems required these days to write about less and less beautiful circumstances.

*Thanks to the publisher, by the way, for bringing this year's edition to the Kindle.
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I have a love-hate relationship with sports and athletics. As a parent and a teacher, I am dismayed and outraged at the sense of entitlement and the acceptance within our society of the abuses and excesses that permeates sports at all levels ... and yet as a former athlete and coach, I have first hand experience of the benefits and joy that can also permeate sports at all levels ... thus reading the following anthology was, at times, difficult.

The Best American Sports Writing 2011 ed. Jane Leavy; I almost set this book aside at about halfway through, as it seemed that is was mistitled... The Best American Sports Writing about the Worst in American Sports seemed more appropriate. Stories about hockey schools teaching kids how to fight, multiple stories about entitled male athletes, coaches, and schools mistreating women, athletes in trouble with the law, etc. interspersed with stores about extreme(ly crazy, IMO) sports... and several stories that I wouldn't necessarily even consider being about sports.

But then I read another story that I liked a lot (even though, again, I'm not sure it's actually about 'sports'); Gentling Cheatgrass by Sterry Butcher. That story convinced me to keep reading, and I'm so glad I did! Several inspiring, tear-inducing stories fill the second half of this collection. Old College Try tells the story of Darryl Dawkins and where he is now; Life Goes On is an inspiring story about the death of boxer Paco Rodriguez, and the good that came out of his death; and finally, perhaps the most inspiring of all The Courage of Jill Costello describes Jill Costello's refusal to succumb to the ravages of lung cancer.

Read this collection if you love sports and sports-writing, and if you don't mind alternating between being extremely pissed off at one story and unabashedly crying about the next...
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this is by far, in my opinion, the worst since the first one in 1991 (and I have them all). This is one of my annual reading treats, but most of the stories in this are downbeat, dull and have characters with whom it is not easy to empathise, mainly because we don't get a chance to get to know them. Many of the stories barely qualify as sports, and I hope that there will be an improvement in the 2012 edition!! I never thought I'd say this about one of this series, but i definitely would not recommend it.
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As others have noted, this is not the strongest book in the "Best of" series. You get a sense of the editor's confusion in her introduction, which she writes that "fun is all but gone" from sports writing and that it's not worth reporting news any more because it's all instantly on Twitter and video. Her point is that it's depressing to write constantly about people's personal shortfalls -- and thus, she declares that she wouldn't even consider any article about Tiger Woods (i.e., the biggest news story of the year in sports).

But then she selects short articles with no lyricism that are keyed to scandalous news events: Sally Jenkins on Ben Roethlisberger, Selena Roberts on a high school cheerleader, and so on. Those stories are throwaway columns that feel as if they were selected because they are by well-known sportswriters in major publications.

However, Leavy does offer up some gems that are inspirational and illuminating, which make the book worthwhile. The resurrection of Darryl Dawkins as a college coach is sweet, even as he gets a chance to rewrite history a bit about his pro career. The stories about a deep-sea diver and a BASE jumper-flyer are awe-inspiring, even if the men are idiots. (As an aside, I'll never understand spending that much effort and devotion to doing something so selfish, and then needing the world to know how tough it was to achieve.)

A few of the "biggies" fell flat. I didn't care for the story about the trans-gender sportswriter. Not because I have a personal opposition, but because I thought so much more could have been done with the story. Same with the Dusty Baker profile. And the thing about 8 seconds in a hockey game was a total overreach, except for the handful of people who actually watched the game and would like to re-live it.
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