My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Football's back - and thanks to this handy little guide I now know the origins of phrases like "calling an audible" and "armchair quarterback" along with others from sports like baseball, basketball, hockey, tennis, wrestling, and track and field.
First thoughts: I learned so much trivia! I loved the book as a reader/writer, and enjoyed it as a person with a casual interest in sports. I'm definitely thinking about how to pull out a few tidbits in future conversations. This is a great coffee table book.
Okay, so what sports metaphors?: Chetwynd hits up the usual team suspects along with the more individual racing, pool (billiards), bowling, boxing, golf, and horse racing.
Favorites: I appreciated the Geek Notes and was more interested in learning about metaphors from sports I watch, or metaphors whose meanings are unclear, ie "hands down" versus "have a horse in the race" which is pretty self-explanatory.
Recommended for: sports buffs, historians, writers looking to expand their metaphors, people with memories for quirky facts.
Editor's Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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