The "Down Goes Brown" History of the NHL: The World's Most Beautiful Sport, the World's Most Ridiculous League

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Sean McIndoe of Down Goes Brown , one of hockey's favourite and funniest writers, takes aim at the game's most memorable moments--especially if they're memorable for the wrong reasons--in this warts-and-all history of the NHL. The NHL is, indisputably, weird. One moment, you're in awe of the speed, skill and intensity that define the sport, shaking your head as a playe...

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Title:The "Down Goes Brown" History of the NHL: The World's Most Beautiful Sport, the World's Most Ridiculous League
Author:Sean McIndoe
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The "Down Goes Brown" History of the NHL: The World's Most Beautiful Sport, the World's Most Ridiculous League Reviews

  • Katherine

    I've been a fan of Sean McIndoe's since the Grantland days, and I've always loved his various columns. He has a great talent of mixing informative writing with a dry sense of humor. You can tell that he's a fan of the game.

    This is an overall history of the sport, staring with the embryonic pre-days, and all the way up through the 2017-2018 season. The first part of the book is well written, but almost felt like it was missing the humor a little bit, except in the interlude sections. It picked up

    I've been a fan of Sean McIndoe's since the Grantland days, and I've always loved his various columns. He has a great talent of mixing informative writing with a dry sense of humor. You can tell that he's a fan of the game.

    This is an overall history of the sport, staring with the embryonic pre-days, and all the way up through the 2017-2018 season. The first part of the book is well written, but almost felt like it was missing the humor a little bit, except in the interlude sections. It picked up quite well one we got to the later decades, with a lot of the fun asides and random trivia bits I've come to expect from the author.

    There's something for everyone here, whether you're a relatively recent fan (like me,) a complete newbie, or someone who has been following the sport for years. Everything from the Summit Series to the Vegas outdoor game to The Trade, it's all covered.

    I really enjoyed chapters that covered things like the history of labor relations and fighting. It's good to not flinch away from controversial topics, and I really thought the author's opinions were well presented.

    I found myself chuckling and outright laughing throughout this book, which is one of my most highlighted. Thanks Sean, for putting out a really entertaining book about hockey.

  • Matt Kamm

    Fantastic look at the NHL, a truely unique league. Will make you laugh out loud.

  • Andrew Langert

    Don’t be deceived by the title of this book. It is not a dry history of the NHL. If you don’t know who Down Goes Brown is (Sean McIndoe), you will want to subscribe to The Athletic after you read this book so that you can get a dose of him 2-3 times per week.

    This is the history of the NHL, as told through the viewpoint of Down Goes Brown (DGB). It is not a comprehensive history of the league, it’s teams or its players. Instead it is a collection of anecdotes that cover the history of the league.

    Don’t be deceived by the title of this book. It is not a dry history of the NHL. If you don’t know who Down Goes Brown is (Sean McIndoe), you will want to subscribe to The Athletic after you read this book so that you can get a dose of him 2-3 times per week.

    This is the history of the NHL, as told through the viewpoint of Down Goes Brown (DGB). It is not a comprehensive history of the league, it’s teams or its players. Instead it is a collection of anecdotes that cover the history of the league. DGB may have covered the most historically significant events, but he most surely covered the most amusing and sometimes hilarious events. Each chapter seems like a set-up where the league does something unfathomable to one degree or another, allowing DGB to supply the laughs with his deadpan humor and snark.

    The emphasis is on off-ice history. In his everyday work, DGB is one of the NHL’s harshest critics despite his love of the game (and the Toronto Maple Leafs). This book points out the shortcomings of league management throughout its history.

    This is only 250 pages long, so it misses a few things. One of these being: where does the name Down Goes Brown come from and mean?

    There is no better or funnier sportswriter than Sean McIndoe. Hockey fans need to read this book and his work on The Athletic, When he joined The Athletic, that’s when I subscribed.

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