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Andy Roddick Beat Me with a Frying Pan: Taking the Field with Pro Athletes and Olympic Legends to Answer Sports Fans' Burning Questions

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Massive goalies, midget batters, and Mike Tyson...
Todd Gallagher faced them all to answer your questions

Every sports fan knows that the debates can be almost as interesting as the games themselves (unless you’re a Tampa Bay Devil Rays fan, in which case they're much more interesting). But some debates can never be settled no matter how ...

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Overview

Massive goalies, midget batters, and Mike Tyson...
Todd Gallagher faced them all to answer your questions

Every sports fan knows that the debates can be almost as interesting as the games themselves (unless you’re a Tampa Bay Devil Rays fan, in which case they're much more interesting). But some debates can never be settled no matter how much you run up your bar tab arguing with your friends.

Well, it’s time to answer your questions once and for all:

• Could an average guy start in the WNBA?
• Would sumo wrestlers make great NFL linemen?
• How easy is it for pro athletes to get laid?
• How good are pro golfers at miniature golf?
• Do pro athletes really play drunk or high?
• How would a fan hit against a major league pitcher?

To settle more than thirty of sports’ greatest (and most ridiculous) debates, Todd Gallagher has teamed up with coaches, general managers, and athletes—including LeBron James, Mike Tyson, Dwyane Wade, Johan Santana, Eddie George, Jose Canseco, and many others.

But Gallagher didn’t just ask questions. He put these debates to the test—literally. He sent an all-midget lineup up against a pro baseball team. He swam freestyle against a doggie-paddling Olympic gold medalist. He recruited America's #1 darts player to test that uncanny accuracy in beer pong. And, yes, he stuck a frying pan in tennis star Andy Roddick’s hands and went to battle.

The results are hilarious and enlightening. Best of all, once you have the answers you’ll be able to shut up the next loudmouth who tries to debate you at the bar.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307352804
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/2/2007
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.17 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

TODD GALLAGHER is a former professional basketball coach, writer for ESPN, and television producer. He became the youngest director of player personnel in pro basketball history when he was appointed to that position in the USBL at the age of twenty-one.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     ix
Could a morbidly obese goalie shut out an NHL team?     1
Could an Olympic swimmer doggie-paddle and still beat a regular guy?     11
How many tough men could Mike Tyson defeat in one night?     19
Would a major league batting champion dominate in Wiffle ball?     26
How easy is it for pro athletes to get laid? And how easy is it for a groupie to bag a pro athlete?     33
What kind of handicap would it take to beat an Olympic sprinter?     45
Would sumo wrestlers make great NFL linemen?     53
Are dart professionals great beer pong players?     64
Can basketball players really "make change" off the top of the backboard?     71
How would a psychic do in a Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament?     80
Are there pro athletes who have to pinch pennies?     87
Can fans hit as well as pitchers?     91
Do pro athletes really play high?     99
How big is the gap between male and female athletes?     104
Are there great players who never got a shot at the pros?     121
How would a pro bowler do at skee-ball?     130
How many Tampa Bay Devil Rays can the average major leaguer name?     134
How good are pro golfers at miniature golf?     138
Could anycelebrities play in the pros?     144
Playing one-handed, could a pro billiards player beat an amateur?     150
Are those guys really athletes?     155
Do athletes think about their statistics while they're playing (or, Can I trust these guys to put my fantasy team above their real team)?     164
Can I do that? If I practiced, couldn't I be as good as the pros?     173
Does a six-fingered pitcher have an unfair advantage?     191
How easy is the transition from soccer player to NFL kicker?     193
What would happen if the NBA raised the basket to 12 feet?     201
Is it as easy to cheat at poker as they made it look in Rounders?     210
Could a non-basketball player beat an NBA player in free throws?     217
How long before NASCAR drivers are replaced by AI (Artificial Intelligence, not Allen Iverson)?     231
Could Andy Roddick beat an average tennis player with a frying pan?     237
Would a team of midgets be the greatest offense in baseball history?     249
Acknowledgments     266
Index   Joe Queenan     271
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