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

  • Todd
    Mar 12, 2019
    Entertaining sports book, but a little uneven as each chapter is written by a different author - Pesca is simply the editor here. My favorite chapters were the ones by Jesse Eisenberg, Jonathan Hock, Nate Jackson, and Will Leitch. Not to mention Jon Bois' article, "What If Basketball R...
  • 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...
  • Josh Cothran
    Aug 29, 2018
    A collection of mostly so-so essays and inside jokes (if you're not already a sports fan) with the occasional flash of brilliance. Easily the highlight of the book is "What If Football Were Reinvented Today?" - a true gem and worth the cost of the book. I truly hope this becomes the...
  • 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...
  • Matthew
    Mar 18, 2019
    Are you a sports fan who likes to play the what-if game? Perhaps you've asked yourself, what if the United States had boycotted the Berlin Olympics of 1936, preventing Jesse Owens from winning five gold medals and showing up the Nazis on a global stage? What if pro football had evolved...
  • David Fox
    Aug 31, 2018
    What a disappointment. A collection of poorly written essays. There were some mediocre ones, but most either had a complete lack of creativity or simply way too much of it. There were a bunch of "what ifs" that were far fetched. A few stories were enjoyable or informative, GRetsky, the...
  • Greg Stoll
    Feb 12, 2019
    This book was...fine. I think I didn't appreciate it as much as I could of because I'm not a huge sports fan (plus I have a terrible memory), so a lot of the chapters were, I'm guessing, very clever about mentioning things that didn't really happen, etc. But a lot of it was lost on me....
  • 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 ...
  • P.e. lolo
    Sep 18, 2018
    The what if book of sports. That is what this book is about, the author has taken essays written by others and put together an interesting tail of what if? The United States boycotted the 1036 Olympics, would that have made more of an impression on the World to what was happening in Ge...
  • 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??...
  • Roger Smitter
    Sep 28, 2018
    The theme of the book is an attractive: What would have happened in sports if.......? Editor Mike has Pesca has wide a wide range of sports for his contributors. The problem is one of editing. The chapters are so different in form and content that it?s difficult to find a theme. ...
  • 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...
  • Jason
    Nov 07, 2018
    Really, this is a collection of short stories. Hit or miss - though more hit than miss. It?s great in the sense that you can just read an essay or 2, put it down, and pick up again a few days later...so an easy, casual read. The diversity of writing styles and content ensures there i...
  • Brakob Arthur
    Feb 02, 2019
    I gave up on this book after about 65 pages. It wasn't necessarily a bad book. Just not for me. I am not a big sports fan. I was mostly reading it because I heard some of the stories on The Gist and thought I'd like it more than I did. For somebody who follows sports a lot more than I ...
  • Jeff
    Sep 27, 2018
    Pesca is one of my favorite commentators/authors/podcasters. I have enjoyed his contributions to NPR news, Hang Up and Listen, (but struggle with The Gist) as well as guest appearances on Sez You and others that I can't remember anymore. It is fun to see old names of people Mike has wo...
  • Matt Ely
    Jan 01, 2019
    As several reviewers have noted, the challenge in summing up this book is its dramatic variability from essay to essay. It depends greatly on the particular interests of the reader, as many essays will be unable to capture personal interest, even if it does the service of offering suff...
  • Brandon Anderson
    Oct 04, 2018
    This is an interesting premise that needs no selling to any sports fan, since all fans wonder about the what-ifs in sports. What if X had happened? What would the effect have been, and what about the butterfly effect? The book is hit or miss. It's a big collection of essays, all by dif...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Carianne Carleo-Evangelist
    Oct 18, 2018
    Received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. A mix of sports history and the butterfly effect. What would/could/should have happened if one thing had happened differently. Very easy to read this either cover to cover or dip into and out of as your interests fit. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Ty Perrrin
    Jan 16, 2019
    ?What if...? is a common question asked when something better or worse could have happened in a certain situation, especially in sports. Mike Pesca has taken the stories of thirty-one writers and edited them into a collection of ?the greatest what-ifs in sports history?. Upon F...