For an interesting look at those who never realized their sporting dreams, the book Losers, Dispatches from the other side of the scoreboard, edited by Mary Pilon is a terrific, offbeat read about subjects and athletes such as the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team 0f 1964, the current tennis star Nick Kyrgios who has all the talent in the world, but not a mindset to match, the Washington Generals basketball team who have been “beaten” by the Harlem Globetrotters thousands of times in row, a brilliant decathlete who had the misfortune to be just a bit worse than the greatest athlete of all time in that sport, and even Lebron James who the author feels lost more championships than he won.
A fascinating series of articles on those who almost, but not quite, achieved their dreams and how, in many cases, they overcame their misfortunes. Probably more interesting overall than the endless Tom Brady, Mickey Mantle, and yes, Lebron James books about their greatness.
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