The cover of "The Underdogs" by Mike Lupica
If you watch "The Sports Reporters" each Sunday on ESPN
, as I do religiously, you know how Mike Lupica looks just before he's about to deliver a contrarian opinion about some topical issue in the sports world. He leans forward in his chair. His forehead gets kind of puckered up. A pained expression crosses his bespectacled face. He's all focus, all concentration.
And then he proceeds to demolish the other guy's argument, point by point.
Lupica is a nationally syndicated sportswriter for the New York Daily News and host of his own radio show. In recent years, he's added another weapon to his arsenal of talents: writing sports-themed books for young adults, including novels such as "Million-Dollar Throw" (2009) and "The Batboy" (2010).
His latest, "The Underdogs" (Philomel), was published on Tuesday, and Lupica is heading to the world's greatest sports town sorry, New York to talk about it with the kids whom he hopes to reach with his stories that celebrate sportsmanship, perseverance, and the joy of athletic competition.
Lupica will appear at Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville, at 7 p.m. Friday.
For more information, call 630-355-2665.