My Search for the World's Dumbest Competition
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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
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).
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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