Holiday Gift Guide: 25 Books We Want This Year

Ultimate Book of Sports: The Essential Collection of Rules, Stats, and Trivia for Over 250 Sports, by Scott McNeely

Click here to buy it now at Amazon, $19.95

Everyone has an ESPN junkie on his or her shopping list, right? And there's a good chance that those statistic-obsessed, secondhand athletes think they know everything about every kind of physical competition. To which we say, give them Scott McNeely's pocket-sized but immensely detailed Ultimate Book of Sports and watch their egos crumble at the weight of unknown trivia. Unless, of course, your sporty brother's man-cave is already covered with posters of as many Mongolian wrestlers and jousters as NBA stars and Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders.

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