AOT #215: Rick Reilly Podcasts Sports from Hell: My Search for the World’s Dumbest Competition
Colorado author and sports journalist Rick Reilly, whose “Life of Reilly” column appears each week in Sports Illustrated, has been voted five times as National Sportswriter of the Year by his peers. Reilly reads from and discusses his new book Sports from Hell: My Search for the World’s Dumbest Competition. Asking himself, “What is the stupidest sport in the world?” Rick Reilly set out on a global journey-with stops in Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Denmark, England, and even a maximum security prison at Angola, Louisiana-to discover the answer to this enduring question. From the physically and mentally taxing sport of chess boxing to the psychological battlefield that is the rock-paper-scissors championship, to the underground world of illegal jart throwing, to several competitions that involve nudity, Reilly, in his valiant quest, subjected himself to both bodily danger and abject humiliation (or, in the case of ferret legging, both).
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