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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In this highly entertaining and insightful memoir, one of televisiońђةs most respected broadcasters interweaves the story of his life and career with lively firsthand tales of some of the most thrilling events and fascinating figures in modern sports. No sportscaster has covered more major sporting events than Al Michaels. Over the course of his forty-plus year career, he has logged more hours on live network television than any other broadcaster 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. He has also witnessed first-hand some of the most memorable events in modern sports, and in this highly personal and revealing account, brings them vividly to life. Michaels shares never-before-told stories from his early years and his rise to the top, covering some of the greatest moments of the past half centurýђؤfrom the "Miracle on Ice"́ђؤthe historic 1980 Olympic hockey finalśђؤto the earthquake that rocked the 1989 World Series. Some of the greatest names on and off the field are heréђؤMichael Jordan, Bill Walton, Pete Rose, Bill Walsh, Peyton and Eli Manning, Brett Favre, John Madden, Howard Cosell, Cris Collinsworth, and many, many more. Forthright and down-to-earth, Michaels tells the truth as he sees it, giving readers unique insight into the high drama, the colorful players, and the heroes and occasional villains of an industry that has become a vital part of modern culture.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, [2014]
New York, NY : William Morrow, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062314963
0062314963
Branch Call Number: 796.962 Mic
B MICHAELS
Characteristics: xv, 288 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Wertheim, L. Jon

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sfk8810 Apr 16, 2015

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

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looper46
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.

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pktab
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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