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Book Review: The Great New York Sports Debate

Mike SteffanosFriday, November 3, 2006
By Mike Steffanos

The Great New York Sports Debate:
Two New York Sportswriters Go Head-to-Head on the 50 Most Heated Questions

Authors: Roger Rubin and David Lennon
Paperback, 304 pages, Plume

The Great New York Sports DebateWhen it comes to sports, those of us in the New York area are both knowledgeable and deeply opinionated. Unlike fans in some other parts of the country, we don't need anyone to tell us what to think. If there is one thing that we love almost as much as the teams we support, it's a good sports argument -- especially a New York Sports argument. A pair of local sportswriters, Roger Rubin from the Daily News and Newsday's David Lennon, have just produced a book devoted to what they consider the 50 most heated questions in New York Sports.

The Great New York Sports Debate rages over a variety of sports, including baseball, football, basketball, hockey, boxing and whether the New York City Marathon is a great event or just a damned nuisance. Some topics go back to the 1980s such as Keith Hernandez or Don Mattingly?, some are as current as Did the Giants Blow It with Eli Manning?. Each writer tackles one side of an issue with the debates tending to be short and lively rather than scholarly. This isn't a book that tries to be deep. It's your basic fun sports read, and at that level it's very successful.

Other topics include:

  • Which was the best trade?
  • Can a New Yorker like "both teams?"
  • Is it more difficult to play in New York?
  • New York's greatest quarterback: Namath or Simms?
  • The most despised villain
  • A-Rod
  • Gooden and Strawberry
  • Does Mr. Met serve a purpose?
  • The most damaging clubhouse cancer
I'm sure the timing of the release of this book with the coming of the Holiday season is no accident, and with its release as a reasonably priced paperback ($10.20 new on Amazon), it would serve as a nice stocking stuffer for a sports fan on your list. It's sure to spark some fun debate to help warm the cold winter.

Buy The Great New York Sports Debate on Amazon.com

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