The Mad Dog 100: The Greatest Sports Arguments of All Time

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THE ESSENTIAL BOOK FOR ANY SPORTS FAN, FROM ONE OF THE REIGNING KINGS OF SPORTS TALK RADIO, CHRISTOPHER “MAD DOG” RUSSO

Which was the greater achievement, Ted Williams’s .406 season or Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak?

Who’d be left standing in a battle between Joe Louis and Mohammed Ali?

Which NBA team was the greatest of all time—the ’66–’67 Celtics? The ’71–’72 Lakers? What about the ’95–’96 Bulls?

Who would dominate the ultimate Pebble Beach showdown—Ben Hogan or Tiger Woods?

Who was the most important athlete of the twentieth century?

You’re a sports fan. You love a good argument and you’ll defend your position as fervently as Michael Jordan at crunch time. You’ll analyze games and terrible calls, throw out stats to prove a point, and heatedly debate whether a player is an overachiever—or merely overpaid.
Now, in his long-awaited and completely original book, Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo sets up and breaks down the one hundred greatest sports arguments of all time. In classic Mad Dog style, each chapter tackles a classic sports debate and takes sides with the clear, step-by-step opinions that have made Russo one of the top radio personalities in the country. The Mad Dog 100 covers it all: from baseball (Who really should go to Cooperstown?), to basketball (Chamberlain, Russell, or Shaq: who’s the NBA’s most dominant center ever?), to football (Who is the greatest NFL quarterback ever?), to hockey (What are the greatest hockey dynasties of all time?)—and is a catch-all of other crucial modern-day sports questions like: Is instant replay really worth it? What’s the true role of performance-enhancing drugs? Are salary caps really necessary?
Whether you’re reading The Mad Dog 100 or debating these sports arguments with friends, this is the definitive companion for any self-respecting sports fan.
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About the author

CHRISTOPHER “MAD DOG” RUSSO is cohost of the top-rated sports radio talk show, “Mike and the Mad Dog” on WFAN in New York City. He also hosts a show on the new YES television network and has won radio's most prestigious honor, the Marconi Award as Major Market Personality of the Year. ALLEN ST. JOHN is a contributing writer at The Village Voice and his recent work has been honored by Best American Sports Writing 2002. He has written for the New York Times Magazine and Book Review, the Washington Post Book World, Maxim, Salon, National Geographic Adventure, and U.S. News and World Report.
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Publisher
Three Rivers Press
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Published on
May 13, 2003
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Pages
304
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ISBN
9780385511018
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Language
English
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Genres
Social Science / Popular Culture
Sports & Recreation / Essays
Sports & Recreation / History
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This content is DRM protected.
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Many athletes are SUPERSTARS.
Many coaches are LEGENDS.
Many moments are CLASSICS.

But which are the best of the best?
Which ten will make THE MAD DOG HALL OF FAME?
“Opining about sports in a spirited fashion is Chris Russo’s specialty.” – Bob Costas

The All-Time Top-Ten Players in Baseball, NFL Football, NBA Basketball, College Basketball, College Football
The Top-Ten Coaches of All Time
The All-Time Top-Ten Movers and Shakers in Sports
The Top-Ten Sports Moments in History of All Time
The Top-Ten Sports Venues of All Time

It’s The Big Question in the world of sports: Who’s number one?

Which player? Which coach? Which team? Now, the authors of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller, The Mad Dog 100: The Greatest Sports Arguments of All Time, get down and dirty to tackle the central issue that consumes every sports fan: Which players, teams, venues, and moments would make the top-ten list of all time?

With characteristic candor, explosive energy, and unquestioned expertise, top-rated sports talk radio personality Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo tackles the tough questions head-on and creates his own personal Hall of Fame. But the Mad Dog sets the bar much higher than usual—only ten honorees are inducted in each category—so plenty of all-time greats will find themselves on the outside looking in.

Russo ranks Lou Gehrig, Willie Mays, and Walter Johnson…and one of them doesn’t even make the cut. He ranks Jerry Rice and Dick Butkus and Mean Joe Greene…and try telling one of them he’ll have to pay admission to get into this Hall of Fame. He takes sides and ranks Fenway Park ahead of Yankee Stadium…or will it be the other way around? He names the single greatest sports moment of all time, across all sports…and no, it’s not what you think.

Each enticing chapter is packed full of intriguing facts and sidebars, including tidbits that will surprise even the most seasoned sports fan. The magic of Russo’s analysis is not just an explanation of who makes the cut and who does not–but why. THE MAD DOG HALL OF FAME is essential reading–the kind of book every sports enthusiast will want to have on hand as a quick reference guide to the best of the best. Russo and St. John have crafted an entertaining, fast-paced, and provocative tour of the world of sports, chock-full of close calls and tough choices designed not to end arguments…but to start them.
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