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The Sports Page As You've Never Seen It Before From painfully obvious steroid revelations to sex scandals and superstars who announce trades in over-the-top TV specials, the wide world of sports can often seem too ridiculous for words. Well, attention sports fans: In The Ecstasy of Defeat, the editors of The Onion offer the laugh-out-loud funny and long overdue lampoon of The Sports Page As You've Never Seen It Before From painfully obvious steroid revelations to sex scandals and superstars who announce trades in over-the-top TV specials, the wide world of sports can often seem too ridiculous for words. Well, attention sports fans: In The Ecstasy of Defeat, the editors of The Onion offer the laugh-out-loud funny and long overdue lampoon of sports culture you've been waiting for. Filled with the very best of The Onion's bench-clearing sports coverage, this book includes such classics as: Lip-Reading BCS Computer Kills Officials Who Want To Shut It Down Barry Bonds Took Steroids, Reports Everyone Who Has Ever Watched Baseball. Report: Cheap Chinese NBA Players Falling Apart After A Few Seasons. Barbaro's Doctors: "A Horse This Good You Don't Eat All At Once." Lance Armstrong Wants To Tell Nation Something But Nation Has To Promise Not To Get Mad. No topic escapes the satirical slap of America's Finest News Source, and the book covers not only mainstream sports--such as baseball, basketball, and football--but also lesser sports, sports culture, and special events like the World Cup and the Olympics. Featuring all the players, teams, and sports we love--and love to hate--The Ecstasy of Defeat is a must-read for sports nuts and Onion fans alike.


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The Sports Page As You've Never Seen It Before From painfully obvious steroid revelations to sex scandals and superstars who announce trades in over-the-top TV specials, the wide world of sports can often seem too ridiculous for words. Well, attention sports fans: In The Ecstasy of Defeat, the editors of The Onion offer the laugh-out-loud funny and long overdue lampoon of The Sports Page As You've Never Seen It Before From painfully obvious steroid revelations to sex scandals and superstars who announce trades in over-the-top TV specials, the wide world of sports can often seem too ridiculous for words. Well, attention sports fans: In The Ecstasy of Defeat, the editors of The Onion offer the laugh-out-loud funny and long overdue lampoon of sports culture you've been waiting for. Filled with the very best of The Onion's bench-clearing sports coverage, this book includes such classics as: Lip-Reading BCS Computer Kills Officials Who Want To Shut It Down Barry Bonds Took Steroids, Reports Everyone Who Has Ever Watched Baseball. Report: Cheap Chinese NBA Players Falling Apart After A Few Seasons. Barbaro's Doctors: "A Horse This Good You Don't Eat All At Once." Lance Armstrong Wants To Tell Nation Something But Nation Has To Promise Not To Get Mad. No topic escapes the satirical slap of America's Finest News Source, and the book covers not only mainstream sports--such as baseball, basketball, and football--but also lesser sports, sports culture, and special events like the World Cup and the Olympics. Featuring all the players, teams, and sports we love--and love to hate--The Ecstasy of Defeat is a must-read for sports nuts and Onion fans alike.

53 review for The Ecstasy of Defeat: Sports Reporting at Its Finest by the Editors of the Onion

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carlton Duff

    More of what you expect from the Onion. A few clunkers in this edition, but overall quality satire as usual.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jonnyh

    This book was really funny. In order to really enjoy this book, you need to really understand sports and watch them a lot. If you don't, you probably wouldn't find this book very funny. I watch sports a lot, so I really enjoyed this book. Some of the pictures were absolutely hilarious! Especially the ones with Michael Vick. I give it a 5/5. This book was really funny. In order to really enjoy this book, you need to really understand sports and watch them a lot. If you don't, you probably wouldn't find this book very funny. I watch sports a lot, so I really enjoyed this book. Some of the pictures were absolutely hilarious! Especially the ones with Michael Vick. I give it a 5/5.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Ridiculously perfect. Sports interest not even required. I mean, nonstop brilliance in cadence and comedy everything. Here's a randomly picked example: Shaun White's profile blurb: " Accolades: Dew Tour medals in vert, superpipe, slopestyle, superslope, vertstyle, slopepipe, styliestyle, and superstyle vert pipe." Ridiculously perfect. Sports interest not even required. I mean, nonstop brilliance in cadence and comedy everything. Here's a randomly picked example: Shaun White's profile blurb: " Accolades: Dew Tour medals in vert, superpipe, slopestyle, superslope, vertstyle, slopepipe, styliestyle, and superstyle vert pipe."

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bryan

    Would have been five stars, but unfortunately, A-Rod was not the butt of every single joke.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chris Gress

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    Stephen Clark

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    David Akeroyd

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    Luke Carlton

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    Margaret Brandt

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    Jeremy

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    Peter

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