You Can't Make This up

You Can't Make This up

Miracles, Memories, and the Perfect Marriage of Sports and Television

Book - 2014
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One of America's most respected sportscasters--and the play-by-play voice of NBC's Sunday Night Football--gives us a behind-the-curtain look at some of the most thrilling games and fascinating figures in modern sports.

No sportscaster has covered more major sporting events than Al Michaels. During the course of his forty-plus-year career, he has logged more hours on live primetime network television than anyone in history, having covered all four major sports championships--the Super Bowl, the World Series, the NBA finals, and the Stanley Cup final--as well as the Olympic Games, the Triple Crown, and many more. He has witnessed firsthand some of the most memorable events in sports, and in this highly personal and entertaining account, he brings them all vividly to life.

Michaels's stories cover unforgettable chapters over the past half century--from the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics' "Miracle on Ice" to the earthquake that rocked the 1989 World Series to the drama of what many consider the most exciting Super Bowl ever--Super Bowl XLIII between the Steelers and the Cardinals. Some of the biggest personalities on and off the field are here--Pete Rose, John Wooden, Brett Favre, Tommy Lasorda, O. J. Simpson, John Madden, Cris Collinsworth, Roone Arledge, Bill Parcells, Tiger Woods, Doc Rivers, Dennis Miller, and many, many more. Complementing access with insight, Michaels adds to the stories you thought you knew: Michael Jordan's eyesight; Howard Cosell's prickly, bombastic personality; even Peyton and Eli Manning's sibling rivalry. 

From start to finish, Al Michaels gives us an up-close portrait of an industry that is--today more than ever--a vital part of our national culture.

Publisher: New York :, William Morrow,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780062314963
Branch Call Number: 921 MIC
Characteristics: xv, 288 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Wertheim, L. Jon
Alternative Title: You cannot make this up


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sfk8810 Apr 16, 2015

If you like nostalgia you will enjoy this one!! Lots of good stories I remember happening!!

Mar 09, 2015

Really a history of sports in the TV age. Al started when there was no 24 hour news cycle that had to be fed, or else people would dial away. Shows how unsophisticated the industry/technology was in a period not that long ago.As pktab states, he was at the center of some remarkable times in sports history, and a lot of Americans shared those minutes with him. Al confirms what I have heard/suspected about Howard Cosell.

Feb 07, 2015

I originally got this book for my husband to read. He's been an avid sports enthusiast since growing up in Chicago. He really enjoyed the book.
I, too, have always like Al Michaels no matter which sport he is broadcasting. Not getting into sports until much later in life, Al Michaels has been a center piece in some very memorable moments, i.e. the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics USA hockey team vs the Russian team. "Do you believe in miracles?!!" Also, Al Michaels was broadcasting when we were watching the 1989 World Series and the earthquake happened.
There's so much more!! Really enjoyed the book!

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