But Gallagher claims Roddick took a point off him, so he says the title holds. Fair enough. It's his book. In its most intriguing moments, the book attempts to answer questions that might have occurred to you, assuming that you have way too much time on your hands and that you are about half bright. Maybe you've wondered what would happen if a hockey team stuffed its goal with a man who was so fat that his bulk entirely filled the opening. Todd Gallagher tried to demonstrate empirically the result of that strategy.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Massive goalies, midget batters, and Mike Tyson But some debates can never be settled no matter how much you run up your bar tab arguing Massive goalies, midget batters, and Mike Tyson But some debates can never be settled no matter how much you run up your bar tab arguing with your friends.
He put these debates to the test—literally. He sent an all-midget lineup up against a pro baseball team. He swam freestyle against a doggie-paddling Olympic gold medalist. He recruited America's 1 darts player to test that uncanny accuracy in beer pong. The results are hilarious and enlightening. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Nov 25, Holly Cline rated it liked it. Fun read. Todd Gallagher suffers from the all too common writer's problem where he thinks he's way funnier than he actually is.
So many unfunny jokes and unwarranted jabs are stuffed into the book that you could just eye roll yourself to death. With that said, the book is still fun. It's worth reading for any sports fan. I guarantee almost everyone has taken part in a conversation regarding one of the questions 'answered' within.
I guess what keeps this from being the better book it co 3. I guess what keeps this from being the better book it could have been is the inconsistency. Some chapters are well executed with fun experiments. Other chapters are mere summaries of all the bar arguments Gallagher is claiming to settle once and for all.
Dec 19, Stephanie rated it really liked it. Laugh out loud read - people stare at me on the train!! Aug 10, Joseph Pinchback rated it it was ok. You ever read a book and say to yourself, "I'll be willing to bet good money that this author is just a tremendous asshole"?
Well, that's the kind of book we are dealing with here. The premise is terrific. The book attempts to answer goofy sports questions, like "What would happen if a team of all midgets played in a Major League Baseball game?
The deep flaw in this book is that the author lets too much of his personality shine through into his writing. He writes conversationally. If he would have just written the book in a straightforward manner, all would be well. But Gallagher insists on inserting lame little jokes and snarky comments into otherwise interesting material.
It's like he took a good idea and covered it with a thin layer of shit. If you are an author and it occurs to you that no one likes you, keep yourself the hell out of your writing. Mar 02, Artie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Sports fanatics.
Shelves: non-fiction. Todd Gallagher is able to get serious, credible pro athletes to help him gauge his ridiculous ideas that we've all had or heard about. Can anyone, like Earl "The Goat" Menigault, make change off the backboard? Would a team of midgets be unstoppable in the MLB? How much of a head starts, or what method of cheating would allow some random fatass to beat Olympic Gold Medalist Mo Greene in a sprint?
Aug 31, Selket Nicole rated it it was ok Shelves: sports. Dec 08, Jim V rated it liked it. This is a wild, entertaing read. The author went around to various sports personalities and dreamed up competitions between himself and the sports star. This isn't just about playing a tennis match vs. Andy Roddick who had to use a frying pan. Each chapter chronicles this guy's "match" with a star s. For instance, one dealth with the time he played goalie with immensely oversized goalie gear that put him from goalpost to goalpost in width to see if he could shut out the Washington Capitals NHL This is a wild, entertaing read.
For instance, one dealth with the time he played goalie with immensely oversized goalie gear that put him from goalpost to goalpost in width to see if he could shut out the Washington Capitals NHL team in a practice. I'm not too "deep.
Feb 22, Chris rated it it was amazing. This book is for all sports fans. The author goes to great lengths to answers ridiculous sports questions that are only asked after drinking for hours. As the title suggests, he actually played a game of tennis with Andy Roddick, wherein Roddick used a frying pan as a racket. He also has his friend race an Olympic sprinter with the aid of one of those walkways in the airport.
He even plays beer pong with a professional dart player! This book is hilarious, and it's very interesting to see how the This book is for all sports fans. This book is hilarious, and it's very interesting to see how these athletes fair in competition outside of their normal environment. This is a real fast read. You could probably finish this in a day or two with proper time and motivation.
Nov 10, Brian Sison rated it really liked it Shelves: humor , non-fiction , sports. This is an amusing collection of essays researching some great sports debates.
Some of the highlights include an olympic swimmer doggie-paddling, sumo wrestlers as NFL linemen, and the awe-inspiring offense of midget baseball players.
Lowlights include the chapters on groupies and the psychic at the rock-paper-scissors tournament. The writing is good enough, but not spectacular. He s This is an amusing collection of essays researching some great sports debates.
He seems to only go half-way on some debates jumping to some conclusions while just plain giving up a couple of times. Still, it qualifies as persuasive, informative, and entertaining. Oct 30, Andy rated it liked it Shelves: own. It's kind of uneven so far. The experiments that come to fruition are generally satisfying, but some of them never go past the the discussion phase. When this happens, there are more attempted jokes, which often feel like weak Dave Barry asides.
But it's still pretty enjoyable. There's no great build throughout the book, so feel free to dip in and just read the questions that It's kind of uneven so far. There's no great build throughout the book, so feel free to dip in and just read the questions that seem interesting.
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'Andy Roddick Beat me With a Frying Pan'
The author takes sports greatest debates and puts them to the test on the field of play with some of the world's greatest athletes. The excerpt focuses on Gallagher's battle with a pan-wielding Roddick. Andy Roddick is a year-old professional tennis player with 23 ATP titles to his credit, including the U. Having spent his entire childhood training on the tennis court, sometimes for as many as 10 hours a day, he now has the ability to strike shots at speeds and with a level of accuracy that are almost impossible to comprehend. Andy has hit the fastest serve ever recorded, at mph.
Andy Roddick could beat an average player with a frying pan