Upon Further Review: The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History

Upon Further Review: The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History

From Mike Pesca, host of the popular Slate podcast The Gist, comes the greatest sports minds imagining how the world would change if a play, trade, injury, or referee's call had just gone the other way.
No announcer ever proclaimed: "Up Rises Frazier!" "Havlicek commits the foul, trying to steal the ball!" or "The Giants Lose the Pennant, The Giants Lose The Pennant!" Such moments are indelibly etched upon the mind of every sports fan. Or rather, they would be, had they happened. Sports are notoriously games of inches, and when we conjure the thought of certain athletes - like Bill Buckner or Scott Norwood - we can't help but apply a mental tape measure to the highlight reels of our minds. Players, coaches, and of course fans, obsess on the play when they ask, "What if?" Upon Further Review is the first book to answer that question.


Upon Further Review is a book of counterfactual sporting scenarios. In its pages the reader will find expertly reported histories, where one small event is flipped on its head, and the resulting ripples are carefully documented, the likes of...

What if the U.S. Boycotted Hitler's Olympics?

What if Bobby Riggs beat Billie Jean King?

What if Bucky Dent popped out at the foot of the Green Monster?

What if Drew Bledsoe never got hurt?

Upon Further Review takes classic arguments conducted over pints in a pub and places them in the hands of dozens of writers, athletes, and historians. From turning points that every sports fan rues or celebrates, to the forgotten would-be inflection points that defined sports, Upon Further Review answers age old questions, and settles the score, even if the score bounced off the crossbar.

Title:Upon Further Review: The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781455540365
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About Mike Pesca

Mike Pesca covered sports for National Public Radio for ten years. He has contributed to the Washington Post, Basketball Prospectus, Baseball Prospectus, and Inside the NFL. He is the host of Slate's daily news and opinion podcast The Gist.


    Upon Further Review: The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History Reviews

  • Matt

    Enjoying alternate history discussions and the pull of organised sports, I was curious to read Mike Pesca’s collection of essays on ‘what if’ moments in sporting history. From the outset, Pesca ...

  • Jill Hutchinson

    Sports fans are constantly asking themselves the question, "What if...........", especially when a fumble, a missed catch, a penalty, an interception, etc made all the difference in a game or sport. T...

  • Chris Jaffe

    This is a real hit-or-miss mixed bag of a book. I guess that makes sense given the nature of it. Pesca is the editor, not writer. He's assembled a collection of 31 pieces by various sportswriters and ...

  • Lance

    Not just in sports, but in many aspects of life, “what if” is a question often asked when wondering if something could have happened differently. For 31 sports occurrences, this question is answer...

  • Alex Abboud

    Great concept, the essays themselves are a mixed bag. Shira Springer on a hypothetical US boycott of the ‘36 Olympics was my favorite. I also enjoyed the chapters by Katie Baker, Jeremy Schaap, Pete...

  • Pearl

    As I kind of expected, I liked some of the essays more than others, because I cared about some of the sports or teams/individuals more than others. But some I really liked: “What if the United State...

  • Allen Adams

    http://www.themaineedge.com/sports/sp...Sports fandom is a funny thing. Not only do we love talking about what happened in a given game or season or career, but we also love asking questions about all...

  • P.e. lolo

    The what if book of sports. That is what this book is about, the author has taken essays written by others and put together an interesting tail of what if? The United States boycotted the 1036 Olympic...

  • Scott Martin

    (Audiobook) I tend to like history and sports, and I really like counterfactual history, especially when it comes to sports...thus, this work is very much in my proverbial wheelhouse. I really enjoyed...

  • Brandon Anderson

    This is an interesting premise that needs no selling to any sports fan, since all fans wonder about the what-ifs in sports. What if X had happened? What would the effect have been, and what about the ...