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‘Onion’ wry! ‘Finest News Source’ turns its rapier wit to sports

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Finally, an event for both sports fans and sports haters.

Writers from the Onion — a.k.a. “America’s Finest News Source” — will read from their soon-to-be-released “sports” book, “The Ecstasy of Defeat: Sports Reporting at Its Finest,” at the powerHouse Arena in DUMBO on Oct. 18.

It’s the first sports-related tome from the writers who brought you “Our Dumb Century” and “Our Dumb World” — and, if those previous books are any indication, it should be a fun night.

“Just the fact that people take sports so seriously makes sports so ripe for humor,” said Seth Reiss, the newspaper’s head writer — who is one of the seven Brooklyn residents, from a staff of just eight, who worked on the book.

Whether you spend your Sundays yelling at the TV as the Jets defense reveals its long-ignored flaws, or yelling at your roommate to shut up and put on “CBS Sunday Morning,” there’s no way you won’t be able to enjoy headlines like this, “Tom Brady Questionable For Sunday’s Game After Waking Up Ugly.”

Now, you may think that a book reading is a pale substitute for sports — but face it, since the Dodgers left, the only “national pasttime” of Brooklyn has been literature anyway.

So why not extend our literary monopoly to sports?

Plus, the event has been conveniently scheduled so that you won’t even miss any of your favorite games: the World Series starts the next night.

The Onion’s “The Ecstasy of Defeat: Sports Reporting at Its Finest,” at powerHouse arena [37 Main St. at Water Street in DUMBO, (718) 666-3049], Oct. 18, 7 pm.

Updated 5:26 pm, July 9, 2018
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