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What Were They Thinking?: The Brainless Blunders That Changed Sports History

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In the uninspired corner of publishing that produces too many hackneyed sports titles, the efforts of Kyle Garlett shine.In Garlett's hands, moments that are hilarious or painful (or both, depending on one's rooting interest) become opportunities to extract lessons from delicious ironies.. A fine choice. (amNew York )

In 1919, the Boston Red Sox traded Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees to finance a Broadway show. In 1968, NBC turned off the Jets-Raiders game with only seconds left to show the made-for-TV movie Heidi. In 1994, Tonya Harding decided the best way to win Olympic gold was by taking out Nancy Kerrigan's kneecap. In all of these situations, and many, many more, there is just one question fans can ask: What were they thinking?!

In these pages, sportswriter and fellow fan Kyle Garlett recounts the top sports blunders that made you tear out your hair, beat your chest in agony, and yell at the TV until your neighbors called the cops. Whether it's boneheaded coaches, idiotic general managers, or temporarily insane players, every fan has seen his team go from the brink of victory to total defeat for no logical reason. Whether it's baseball, football, golf, hockey, or any other sport, you'll discover what really happened during these painful moments and why they ended up the unbelievable way they did.

About the Author

Kyle Garlett is a freelance sportswriter for FoxSports.com and ESPN: The Magazine. He has also worked as the senior writer for Fox Sports Net, and has written for The Best Damn Sports Show Period and The Ultimate Fantasy Football Show. He lives in Marina del Rey, California.

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