Upon Further Review: The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History

Upon Further Review: The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History

From Mike Pesca, host of the popular Slate podcast The Gist, comes the greatest sports minds imagining how the world would change if a play, trade, injury, or referee's call had just gone the other way. No announcer ever proclaimed: "Up Rises Frazier!" "Havlicek commits the foul, trying to steal the ball!" or "The Giants Lose the Pennant, The Giants Lose The Pennant!" Such From Mike Pesca, host of the popular Slate podcast The Gist, comes the greatest sports minds imagining how the world wou...

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Title:Upon Further Review: The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History
Author:Mike Pesca
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Genres:Sports and Games
ISBN:1455540366
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:308 pages pages

Upon Further Review: The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History Reviews

  • Dan
    Aug 14, 2018
    Fun book, but some of the basketball stories required prior knowledge that I did not have. ...
  • Jill Hutchinson
    Jul 05, 2018
    Sports fans are constantly asking themselves the question, "What if...........", especially when a fumble, a missed catch, a penalty, an interception, etc made all the difference in a game or sport. This humorous book is a look at counterfactual sporting scenarios and how they might ha...
  • Bill Littell
    Aug 10, 2018
    Overall, this was an enjoyable, informative read... especially the counterfactual about boycotting the 1936 Olympics and the piece about football rule changes. ...
  • Cathy A.
    Aug 03, 2018
    Officially, I?m done with this. We started listening to Audible version at start of summer road trips. Some of the essays were entertaining. But I feel overall ?meh? about this. And, when the sports fan in your life feels the same ... it?s time to hang it up. ...
  • Kevin Larose
    May 29, 2018
    If you enjoy what-if scenarios, as I do, you will devour this book, as I did. The author has compiled 31 different what-if sports-related scenarios, including: What if Nixon had been good at football? What if Brandy Chastain had missed the penalty kick in the 1999 World Cup finals? Wha...
  • Scott Martin
    Jul 03, 2018
    (Audiobook) I tend to like history and sports, and I really like counterfactual history, especially when it comes to sports...thus, this work is very much in my proverbial wheelhouse. I really enjoyed reading/listening to the various scenarios postulated in this work. Pesca compiles a ...
  • Steven
    Jul 27, 2018
    More of a 3.5 star read, with each essay justifying its existence through at least one insightful point. Highlights include Nate Jackson's examination of how to fix professional football and Claude Johnson's extensive dive into how one play by almost-forgotten legend Nat "Sweetwater" C...
  • Matt
    Jul 01, 2018
    Enjoying alternate history discussions and the pull of organised sports, I was curious to read Mike Pesca?s collection of essays on ?what if? moments in sporting history. From the outset, Pesca explains, as editor, that he was not looking to have contributors focus too specifical...
  • George
    Aug 14, 2018
    Interesting premise of reimagining key events in sports history to see how things would change, but the execution is quite uneven. With so many different writers taking a swing at it, you see a variety of outcomes. I enjoyed the highly researched approach of Ben Lindbergh as he looked ...
  • Jim Blessing
    Aug 09, 2018
    Unfortunately, I did not find this book interesting at all. ...
  • Yosef Shapiro
    May 26, 2018
    People have been debating the what ifs of sports outcomes since the earliest days of sports. Some of these entries are better than others. Overall , a good collection. ...
  • Allen Adams
    May 31, 2018
    http://www.themaineedge.com/sports/sp... Sports fandom is a funny thing. Not only do we love talking about what happened in a given game or season or career, but we also love asking questions about all those things. Specifically ? what if? What if something changed fundamentally a...
  • Lance
    Jul 04, 2018
    Not just in sports, but in many aspects of life, ?what if? is a question often asked when wondering if something could have happened differently. For 31 sports occurrences, this question is answered by many authors in an entertaining book edited by Mike Pesca, who also wrote one of...
  • Scott Lake
    Aug 01, 2018
    About 80% of this book is quite thought provoking as it pertains to sports and American culture and social norms and how these might be different with very simple alternate outcomes of certain plays, games seasons, etc. The other 20% is not really worth reading. Each ?what if??...
  • Chris Jaffe
    Jun 01, 2018
    This is a real hit-or-miss mixed bag of a book. I guess that makes sense given the nature of it. Pesca is the editor, not writer. He's assembled a collection of 31 pieces by various sportswriters and fans, each taking on the question of "What if" -- what if some event in sports history...
  • Amy Kraus
    Aug 14, 2018
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  • Kevin Luy
    Jul 25, 2018
    Exactly what I expected. A couple of gems. A couple of duds. And mostly essays that are well written, engaging that sort of feel like a very good midseason episode of a the show. ...
  • Judi
    Jul 03, 2018
    Some interesting essays - but disappointed that some left me scratching my head trying to figure out what they were trying to say. Perhaps because some names were unknown to myself or my husband - hate having to Google someone that should be known based on the context - sigh. oh well. ...
  • Scott
    Jul 30, 2018
    Wasn't as interesting as I had hoped. Almost all of them are alternate-universe story-telling in just one specific alternate universe with a couple of very wacky, kind of funny things thrown in for good measure (what if a basketball was bigger than the hoop?), not the "here are a numbe...
  • Mike
    Jul 10, 2018
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  • Melinda M
    Aug 16, 2018
    Upon Further Review: The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History by Mike Pesca as editor takes a look at the greats sports stories but turns it around. An example of the stories is what if the Untied States boycotted Hilter's Olympic which means Jess Owens would not have had his day in the...
  • Gayle
    Jul 18, 2018
    What if you don't read this book? Then you will miss some interesting stories about how sports could have been changed if things happened differently. I agree with others that some stories are better than others. I got this for free in a Good Reads Giveaway ...
  • John Deardurff
    Jun 20, 2018
    As a fan of sports and of alternate history and the concept of What if... stories, I thought this would be a great read. I was actually disappointed with this collection. Of the 32 short stories, there were more misses than hits with an average of below the Mendoza line. I would have l...
  • Marcus Jackson IV
    Jun 08, 2018
    fantastic book for fans of history and/or sports. A funny, insightful, and entertaining as hell look at some of the "what if's" of sports history, from a look at how tug of war could have changed olympic history to what would happen to basketball if the hoop were smaller. highly recomm...
  • Austin Gilbert
    May 21, 2018
    This was equal parts fascinating and ridiculous, and I couldn't put it down. ...
  • Matthew
    Jul 01, 2018
    Great book Very creative. I would recommend highly for any sports fan. Very insightful. Read the book in one sitting. Could not put it down. ...
  • Alex Abboud
    Jul 14, 2018
    Great concept, the essays themselves are a mixed bag. Shira Springer on a hypothetical US boycott of the ?36 Olympics was my favorite. I also enjoyed the chapters by Katie Baker, Jeremy Schaap, Peter Thomas Forntale. Louisa Thomas, Will Leitch, Michael Macambridge, and Claude Johnson...
  • Andy Polizzi
    Jul 19, 2018
    A very good compilation of a couple of my favorite topics: What if? . . . and sports. The chapters are a nice mix of the serious, the tongue in cheek, and the occasional silly one. You won't always agree with the authors but you will enjoy their point of view. ...
  • Pearl
    Jun 07, 2018
    As I kind of expected, I liked some of the essays more than others, because I cared about some of the sports or teams/individuals more than others. But some I really liked: ?What if the United States had boycotted Hitler?s Olympics??, ?What if the 1999 U.S. women?s national s...
  • John Cherkas
    Aug 10, 2018
    Some essays and stories are compelling, others are funny, and a few are really technical and difficult to grasp for me, a non-sports person. Despite the occasional complicated pieces, most of the authors were able to write about the topics without getting too "sports-y." The social imp...