Losing Isn't Everything

Losing Isn't Everything

The Untold Stories and Hidden Lessons Behind the Toughest Losses in Sports History

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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A refreshing and thought-provoking look at athletes whose legacies have been reduced to one defining moment of defeat--those on the flip side of an epic triumph--and what their experiences can teach us about competition, life, and the human spirit.

Every sports fan recalls with amazing accuracy a pivotal winning moment involving a favorite team or player--Henry Aaron hitting his 715th home run to pass Babe Ruth; Christian Laettner's famous buzzer beating shot in the NCAA tournament for Duke. Yet lost are the stories on the other side of these history-making moments, the athletes who experienced not transcendent glory but crushing disappointment: the cornerback who missed the tackle on the big touchdown; the relief pitcher who lost the series; the world-record holding Olympian who fell on the ice.

In Losing Isn't Everything, famed sportscaster Curt Menefee, joined by bestselling writer Michael Arkush, examines a range of signature "disappointments" from the wide world of sports, interviewing the subject at the heart of each loss and uncovering what it means--months, years, or decades later--to be associated with failure. While history is written by the victorious, Menefee argues that these moments when an athlete has fallen short are equally valuable to sports history, offering deep insights into the individuals who suffered them and about humanity itself.

Telling the losing stories behind such famous moments as the Patriots' Rodney Harrison guarding the Giants' David Tyree during the "Helmet Catch" in Super Bowl XLII, Mary Decker's fall in the 1984 Olympic 1500m, and Craig Ehlo who gave up "The Shot" to Michael Jordan in the 1989 NBA playoffs, Menefee examines the legacy of the hardest loses, revealing the unique path that athletes have to walk after they lose on their sport's biggest stage. Shedding new light some of the most accepted scapegoat stories in the sports cannon, he also revisits both the Baltimore Colts' loss to the Jets in Super Bowl III, as well as the Red Sox loss in the 1986 World Series, showing why, despite years of humiliation, it might not be all Bill Buckner's fault.

Illustrated with sixteen pages of color photos, this considered and compassionate study offers invaluable lessons about pain, resilience, disappointment, remorse, and acceptance that can help us look at our lives and ourselves in a profound new way.

Publisher: New York : Dey Street Books, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062440075
Branch Call Number: 796.019 Men
Characteristics: 255 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Arkush, Michael - Author
Alternative Title: Losing is not everything


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Mar 20, 2017

This book deals with a subject that is usually not discussed, losing.
For every game where there is a winner there must be a loser.
The loss can have have serious and harmful effects on the loser if not properly addressed.
The author addresses some of the known public failures in sports and how these individuals deal or not deal with the failures. We can each learn from the people, involved.

As a Coach in youth sports (baseball), I learn very early that it is best to teach that we give it our all and whatever happens, we can say we have done our best. We can then move on.
Dealing with failures is one of the most important lessons we can learn from sports.

Glad that the author and others mentioned in this book came to the same conclusion. I also hear this from many of our instructors at our British Columbia Baseball Coaches Association - Annual Baseball Coaching Conferences over the years
Hope that all coaches of youth sports read this work. The conversational style makes it an easy read.

Seelochan Beharry
Author of : Prehistories of Baseball (2016)

Mar 05, 2017

Interesting book on the scapegoats.
Many had no regrets because they gave it all. Afterwords, they got married & to have families.
Some used adversity to get success.
Others had new fans for being relateable.
I wish the hardcore fans weren't so hard to these athletes
Would be nice for writer if he interviewed soccer, cricket and race car drivers too.

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