The Best American Sports Writing
First, Best, and Best-Selling
The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to pu...more
For sports writing to be considered "Great" it usually ends up being emotional. That means that there's a preponderance of profiles about athletes overcoming personal tragedy, adversity and the odds. Not that there's anything wrong with that kind of story, but it does get repetitive.
There are other kinds of articles in here as well, a surprisingly engrossing one about the modern state of Indian Cricket, for example, and some of the advers...more
Many of these essays explore the often tragic personal costs of sports, particularly those sports, like football and hockey, where repeated blows to the head are an almost unavoidable feature of the game. Of the three or four essays that dealt with the effects of concussions, "Punched Out, the exte...more
As in some other editions the subject of football and concussions is prevalent in a couple of stories. Stories that address the life and death of former Chicago Bear Dave Duerson as well as death of young Denver Broncos star Darrent Williams. Bot...more
The Best American Sports Writing 2012 is an excellently written book. The book provides entertaining sports stories that have occurred in the real world while offering an excellent vocabulary choice and a variety of sentence structures. The tales will have readers relate their real life experiences to some of the ones retold in the book while being easy to read at the same time. The author provides us with the authentic experiences of each headlined story in the book, providing the writer's own...more
Other items included in this collection varied from well written to plain and rather uninteresting. I found most of the bio pieces on current star athletes to be rather rote items without real appeal. The other essays include:
1) A by the nu...more
To me, the two standouts in this collection are "The Shame of College Sports," in which Pulitzer winner Taylor Branch explains how th...more
To understand why, check out my detailed review over at http://2bitmo...more
I really liked the story of "Allen Iverson: Fallen Star" by Robert Huber. I learned quickly about Allen's story. Well written and definitely engaging. You must love and appreciate sports to read this great book!
I borrowed it from the SF Public Library. Now I want it on my book case.
A generally uninspiring collection. Several stories about sports-related head injuries and their tragic aftermath for the athletes who sustain them.
The best single story was by Wells Tower. Funny and insightful. I'll look for more by that author.