Sports from Hell

My Search for the World's Dumbest Competition
Author(s): Rick Reilly
Original Publish Date: May 04, 2010
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (6.65 hours)
Product Number: Z100023458
Released: May 04, 2010
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780307577979
Narrator/s: Mike Chamberlain
Publisher: Books on Tape
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The most popular sports columnist in America puts his life (and dignity) on the line in search of the most absurd sporting event on the planet. What is the stupidest sport in the world? Not content to pontificate from the sidelines, Rick Reilly set out on a global journey—with stops in Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Denmark, England, and even a maximum security prison at Angola, Louisiana—to discover the answer to this enduring question. From the physically and mentally taxing sport of chess boxing to the psychological battlefield that is the rock-paper-scissors championship, to the underground world of illegal jart throwing, to several competitions that involve nudity, Reilly, in his valiant quest, subjected himself to both bodily danger and abject humiliation (or, in the case of ferret legging, both). These fringe sports offer their participants a chance to earn a few bucks and achieve the eternal glory that is winning—even when the victory in question might strike some as pointless, like the ability to sit in an oven-hot sauna for the longest time. It's debatable whether these sports push the body or just human idiocy to the outermost limits, but one thing is for sure: Sports in Hell is laugh-out-loud hilarious and will deliver plenty of unabashed fun.

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Author(s): Rick Reilly
Product Number EB00149003
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: #9780385532693

Professional reviews

"Veteran sportswriter Rick Reilly scours the globe in search of the dumbest sport. That's interesting enough, but he also participates in most of them, and that's where the fun is. He sticks a ferret down his pants, heats himself in a sauna, tries to play Jarts, hikes his way through a three-mile golf hole, competes in competitive rock-paper-scissors games, and more. Narrator Mike Chamberlain's tone fits the author's writing style: It's incredulous and irreverent, and you can almost hear a chuckle in his voice. This fun look at "athletes" who rarely get any attention is enhanced by Reilly's creative similes and helped along by Chamberlain's deft reading. M.B. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"