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

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • John Deardurff

    As a fan of sports and of alternate history and the concept of What if... stories, I thought this would be a great read. I was actually disappointed with this collection. Of the 32 short stories, ther...

  • Kevin Larose

    If you enjoy what-if scenarios, as I do, you will devour this book, as I did. The author has compiled 31 different what-if sports-related scenarios, including: What if Nixon had been good at football?...

  • Marcus Jackson IV

    fantastic book for fans of history and/or sports. A funny, insightful, and entertaining as hell look at some of the "what if's" of sports history, from a look at how tug of war could have changed olym...

  • Yosef Shapiro

    People have been debating the what ifs of sports outcomes since the earliest days of sports. Some of these entries are better than others. Overall , a good collection. ...

  • Austin Gilbert

    This was equal parts fascinating and ridiculous, and I couldn't put it down....