A highly entertaining and insightful autobiography by journalist and broadcaster Al Michaels that includes tales about all the greats in sports history from his more than forty years in the business, written with <I>Sports Illustrated</I> executive editor and <I>New York Times</I> bestselling author L. Jon Wertheim. Al Michaels, one of television's most respected and recognized journalists, has covered more major sporting events than any other sportscaster, including twenty years as the play-by-play voice of Monday Night Football. He has logged more hours on live network television than anyone else in history, and is the only play-by-play commentator to have covered all four major sports championships: the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals and the Stanley Cup Final. In this highly personal and revealing account Michaels will share never-before-told stories from his youth in Brooklyn, his early years in broadcasting, and his work that coincided with some of the greatest moments in sports history-from the historic 1980 Olympic hockey finals called the "Miracle on Ice" to the earthquake that halted the World Series in 1989. Also included are stories about basketball greats John Wooden, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Bill Walton, Doc Rivers and Phil Jackson; baseball legends Pete Rose and Sparky Anderson; football luminaries Bill Walsh, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, OJ Simpson, Aaron Rogers, and Brett Favre; and broadcasting colleagues John Madden, Howard Cosell, Dennis Miller, and Cris Collinsworth; and many, many more. This will be a dishy, entertaining listen; Michaels will praise those he thinks deserve it, but he's also not afraid to ruffle a few feathers and tell the truth as he sees it. This audiobook will give us genuine insight into the games we love-the drama, the colorful cast of players, the heroes and occasional villains-and showcase how America's pastimes have become a core and invaluable part of our modern culture.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 12 / 2014