The Best New York Sports Arguments: The 100 Most Controversial, Debatable Questions for Die-Hard New York Fans
I’ve been thumbing through a copy of Peter Handrinos’ new book, The Best New York Sports Arguments: The 100 Most Controversial, Debatable Questions for Die-Hard New York Fans.
To be candid, before I opened the book, I was lukewarm on the probability of enjoying this work. This was no reflection on this particular book. More so, it was based on my experiences reading these types of “all-sports” debate books in the past. I’m no longer a huge football fan and I’ve never been a fan of hoops, hockey, or boxing (which The Best New York Sports Arguments also covers in addition to New York baseball).
However, I am enjoying the heck out of reading The Best New York Sports Arguments.
First of all, Handrinos addresses arguments that I can relate to – even if I’m not a fan of the sports.
For example: Living in the New York area, even if you’re not a diehard fan of football, you probably know who Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick are – and can appreciate the debate on who is the best coach? Or, you can know nothing about boxing, but, you’ll probably know who Mike Tyson is – and you can enjoy the question of was he ever a great heavy-weight? And, while I’ve never watched a Knicks game, I understand the question of was Patrick Ewing to blame for them never winning a title while he was there.
This aside, still, I should share that it seems like at least half of the “arguments” in the book are baseball-related. So, perhaps that’s why The Best New York Sports Arguments is really winning me over?
In any event, secondly, and more importantly, what I think I am enjoying the most about The Best New York Sports Arguments is that Peter Handrinos is not shy an offering a strong opinion on each of the “arguments” presented in the book. And, while I agree with him on some and disagree with him on others, I am enjoying reading what he has to say on each.
Reading The Best New York Sports Arguments is as if you’re sitting in a sports bar, by yourself, and you overhear the guy sitting next to you talking to the bartender about something sports related. And, the topic is something that you find interesting. So, you start to engage the guy when the bartender leaves and you find out that this guy has a lot of entertaining positions on many of the local sports teams, etc. Again, you may not agree with everything that he says, but, since he shares it in a manner that makes you think, it’s a good time.
There’s plenty Yankees/Sox, Yankees/Mets, A-Rod/Jeter stuff in the book that will appeal to Yankees fans. And, you can tell that Handrinos has his favorites in these debates. Still, again, the way he presents his cases are more than just a guy picking his favorite and not having a good reason to back it up.
Since The Best New York Sports Arguments: The 100 Most Controversial, Debatable Questions for Die-Hard New York Fans is a paperback book, it doesn’t cost you more than it would to pick up a couple of magazines at the newsstand. At that price, and given it’s entertainment value, it’s a worthy pick-up for the New York area sports fan who enjoys hearing positions being taken, and therefore getting stimulated themselves, on various New York sports debates.