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Someone to yell out while you're reading

  • Nov 10, 2008
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with Allen St. John.

This good-natured--not argumentative--book of sports debates is a perfect fit for the baby boomer sports nut. I was immensely enjoying this scattershot collection of classic, funny, weird categories, when Russo won me over completely by introducing a discussion on whether modern athletes really earn their atmospheric salaries by pointing out that Richie Hebner enjoyed his off-season career as a grave-digger just 20 years ago (hardcore Pittsburgh Pirates fans--any left, besides me?--will remember announcer Bob Prince calling Hebner by his nickname "Gravedigger" as he twitched his way through an at-bat; Hebner was the most fidgety batter I've ever seen).

Fun stuff--and its timeliness and timelessness is reinforced, not ruined, by 2003's new additions such as the Marlin's winning the World Series, and the Cubs and Red Sox confirming their cursedness in strikingly similar and bizarre fashion, the BCS completely missing and messing the Division College Football championship. These debates will never end, as long as we have sports talk radio to give us someone to yell out while we're driving!

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Russo shows a shocking willingness to be fair, citing the evidence on both sides before choosing one.? ?Wall Street Journal?Opining about sports in a spirited fashion is Chris Russo?s specialty.  You don?t have to agree with him 100 percent of the time to find plenty to like and talk about on these pages.? ?Bob Costas, NBC and HBO

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ISBN-10: 0385508980
ISBN-13: 978-0385508988
Author: Christopher Russo
Publisher: Doubleday

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