If you’re a fan of Anyone Can Enter, there’s a good chance you might want to check out ESPN columnist Rick Reilly’s upcoming book Sports From Hell: My Search for the World’s Dumbest Competition.

Actually, when I first read the book summary, I thought I’d be asking you to order a few copies to use as fire starters. Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against Reilly. I’m a longtime fan, in fact, which is why the upfront similarity between his book and this blog set me back. Great, I thought, not only has someone else already achieved what I’ve only just started, but it’s someone immensely more talented, funnier, and better connected than me. In my haste, I nearly shut this whole operation down.

Then I read that title again: My Search for the World’s Dumbest Competition.

So what if a few of the events on Reilly’s list are on mine, too? I’m not in this to mock a few select events. I’m pursuing all events, big and small, so that I can celebrate them. Besides, this isn’t about finding 10 or 12 events to frame into a book. This is a lifestyle.

And someday, if there is an Anyone Can Enter book, I’d like to think there’s room for it on the shelf next to Sports From Hell.