Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Field Guide to Sports Metaphors by Josh Chetwynd

The book, The Field Guide to Sports Metaphors by Josh Chetwynd covers a few well known sports that help you understand those metaphors used during a game or anytime they're mentioned. It pretty much covers a few great sports under two parts, Team Sports and Individual Sports. In each part, these sports are organized in alphabetical order, which makes it easy to find that specific sport and not searching throughout the book. I think what really is awesome about this book is that it's not only about one specific sport or only a few. It has everything from Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Track and Field, Wrestling and even Billards. I mean there is plenty of others inside this book, but really I just love it covers all those metaphors and some I always wanted to understand more about!

Imagine going to a game for the first time, any sports game and not knowing exactly what the meaning of a word that was mentioned by the announcer or a friend might have said. Well, this takes out the guess work and could make you feel so much smarter. I could finally reply back or nod my head and understand the difference between the Big Leagues or Bush Leagues, I can understand Blow-By-Blow or Bowled Over.  These are just a few from all different sports inside this book. So I mean really this book is a perfect reference book and covers so many words that I may need or could use for guidance when explaining a game, when I really go to a one of these sports games for the first time or watch them and even just in case I happen to hear a metaphor used in a conversation. I will now know what each means and can use them myself! Finally, this is an excellent hardcover book!

Information About The Author:
JOSH CHETWYND is a journalist, broadcaster, former minor league baseball player, and New York Times best-selling author. He’s served as a staff reporter for USA Today, the Hollywood Reporter, and U.S. News & World Report and his writing has also appeared in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, the Times (of London), and the Harvard Negotiation Law Review and Variety. As a broadcaster, he’s worked for the BBC, among other outlets. In terms of his sports bona fides, he primarily earned them on the baseball diamond, where he played at the NCAA Division I college level for Northwestern University and had professional stints in both the United States for the Zanesville Greys in the independent Frontier League and abroad for Sweden’s Oskarshamn BSK in Europe. This is his sixth book, having previously written on sports three times. His 2011 effort, The Secret History of Balls: The Stories Behind the Things We Love to Catch, Whack, Throw, Kick, Bounce, and Bat, was named an NPR best book that year. He lives in Denver, Colorado, with his wife and two children. Visit

Book Information:
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Ten Speed Press (May 10, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1607748118
ISBN-13: 978-1607748113
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 7.3 inches

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