The Untold Stories and Hidden Lessons Behind the Toughest Losses in Sports History
Dey Street Books
On Sale: November 1, 2016
Hardcover / e-Book
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A refreshing and thought-provoking look at athletes whose
legacies have been reduced to one defining moment of
defeat—those on the flip side of an epic triumph—and what
their experiences can teach us about competition, life, and
the human spirit.
Every sports fan recalls with amazing accuracy a pivotal
winning moment involving a favorite team or player—Henry
Aaron hitting his 715th home run to pass Babe Ruth;
Christian Laettner’s famous buzzer beating shot in the NCAA
tournament for Duke. Yet lost are the stories on the other
side of these history-making moments, the athletes who
experienced not transcendent glory but crushing
disappointment: the cornerback who missed the tackle on the
big touchdown; the relief pitcher who lost the series; the
world-record holding Olympian who fell on the ice.
In Losing Isn’t Everything, famed sportscaster Curt Menefee,
joined by bestselling writer Michael Arkush, examines a
range of signature "disappointments" from the wide world of
sports, interviewing the subject at the heart of each loss
and uncovering what it means—months, years, or decades
later—to be associated with failure. While history is
written by the victorious, Menefee argues that these moments
when an athlete has fallen short are equally valuable to
sports history, offering deep insights into the individuals
who suffered them and about humanity itself.
Telling the losing stories behind such famous moments as the
Patriots’ Rodney Harrison guarding the Giants' David Tyree
during the "Helmet Catch" in Super Bowl XLII, Mary Decker’s
fall in the 1984 Olympic 1500m, and Craig Ehlo who gave up
"The Shot" to Michael Jordan in the 1989 NBA playoffs,
Menefee examines the legacy of the hardest loses, revealing
the unique path that athletes have to walk after they lose
on their sport’s biggest stage. Shedding new light some of
the most accepted scapegoat stories in the sports cannon, he
also revisits both the Baltimore Colts' loss to the Jets in
Super Bowl III, as well as the Red Sox loss in the 1986
World Series, showing why, despite years of humiliation, it
might not be all Bill Buckner's fault.
Illustrated with sixteen pages of color photos, this
considered and compassionate study offers invaluable lessons
about pain, resilience, disappointment, remorse, and
acceptance that can help us look at our lives and ourselves
in a profound new way.
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