I've read a few of the Best American Sports Writing books recently and this one was a little strange. I'm not sure if that reflects that year's guest editor or the year's focus or what.

Several of the pieces seemed only tangentially related to sports, and a few others were fairly similar "I got into sports because of my dad" stories. That's not to say I didn't enjoy those 'barely sports' pieces, but to have so many of them did feel weird. It's also fun reading such dated pieces - covering Shaq's first year, Tonya Harding pre-Kerrigan debacle, Carl Lewis and the Barcelona Olympics, etc. Hindsight makes some pieces particularly hilarious (the Tonya Harding profile being my favorite example).

I think I found myself interested in more pieces in this book than the last one, but that's likely for the tendency towards human interest story over actual sports.