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Painstakingly faithful to its title, Kenny Mayne’s book is neither complete nor is it particularly accurate. Ostensibly an A-to-Z encyclopedia of all known sports, many sports are never mentioned. There’s not a word about rugby, volleyball, roller derby, swimming, or (shockingly) Basque pelota or shinty. There is a chapter about sliding, but none about skiing. Competitive eating and rhythmic gymnastics will have to wait for another book. However, there are roughly eight chapters about tackle football—“the greatest sport in the world, and everyone knows it”—and a good four or five about horse racing, so quit complaining before you’ve even heard the book. There will be plenty of time for complaining after you’ve finished it.

Those sports that are covered in the book are examined with exhaustive inattention to unretained detail. Many chapters have nothing to do with sports. For instance, the chapter on hunting is about hunting for a hassle-free, triple-tall Americano, light on the water.

So, then, what exactly is An Incomplete and Inaccurate History of Sport? Part nostalgic memoir (like the summer Mark Sansaver hit 843 home runs in backyard Wiffle ball), part Dave Barry-esque riffs (like explaining bocce to non-Italians), part scholarly tract (it includes the origins of tackle football), and part meta-fiction (see “Time-outs”), it is what Kenny calls his anti-coffee-table book.

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  • “The book’s best parts feature Mayne straying from his funnyman persona to reflect on his personal life. Glimpses of the man behind the mockery are far too infrequent within Mayne’s relentless, tiresome attempts at generating laughs.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karajaye | 1/19/2011

    " surprisingly lighthearted fun read from the Dollar Tree "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Judy | 11/5/2009

    " Don't have to be a sports buff to enjoy this book-love his sense of humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nate | 5/9/2009

    " You will like this book if you like Kenny Mayne and his type of humor. But even then it gets a little old after 30 or so pages. I enjoyed reading it in spurts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jonathan | 3/27/2009

    " Not the most well-written book I've ever read, but it made me laugh. Kenny did a reading at Amazon, so I had heard a few of the stories straight from the horse's mouth. Worth taking a day or two to read. "

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About the Author

Kenny Mayne is a sports journalist and comedian. He has been host of ESPN’s SportsCenter, announcer for major events such as the Kentucky Derby, and host of the weekly pre-game “Mayne Event” segment for ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown. He has also been on reality TV shows Dancing with the Stars and Fast Cars & Superstars and he has made appearances on The Martha Stewart Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. An Incomplete and Inaccurate History of Sport is his first book.