Review of The Field Guide to Sports Metaphors by Josh Chetwynd

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I chose this book. The title was compelling and, being a sports enthusiast, I knew I’d find it interesting. This handy, convenient-sized book didn’t disappoint me.

eBook Review Gal Book Review of The Field Guide to Sports Metaphors by Josh Chetwynd

The author includes common and not so common sports-related metaphors. Most Americans love their sports. Most Americans love their quirky, descriptive sayings. Put the two together and you get some very clever phrases. Some I had already heard of, some I hadn’t.

The author includes metaphors from every imaginable sport, to include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Auto Racing
  • Billiards (Pool)
  • Bowling
  • Boxing
  • Golf
  • Horse Racing
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Wrestling

Not only has the author included a comprehensive list of sports metaphors, he’s given readers the backstory to each one. I appreciated the extensive amount of research that must have gone into this book. For instance, although football is probably my favorite sport of all, I didn’t know that the term Hail Mary Pass had come from a statement made in 1975 by then Cowboys Quarterback Roger Staubach after a game. Everyone uses this phrase now and it tickled me to know how it had come about. And who hasn’t heard the metaphor “Soccer Mom”. Everyone, since it’s used so much nowadays! But how many of us know it didn’t really gain momentum until politicians began using it in their campaigns?

I could see this book being used as a way to pass the time during road trips, at tailgate parties or other get togethers. And you really don’t have to be a sports fan to enjoy it. It’s a wonderful reference book to have on hand!


5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton

eBook Review Gal received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.