In this highly entertaining and insightful memoir, one of television’s 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 century - from the “Miracle on Ice” - the historic 1980 Olympic hockey finals - to the earthquake that rocked the 1989 World Series. Some of the greatest names on and off the field are here - Michael 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 listeners 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.
©2014 Al Michaels (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
A treasure chest of stories, experiences and behind the scenes views of a remarkable person and career. An amazing book.
Ray Porter does such a good job narrating most of the book, you feel like it's Al Michaels speaking.
If you're a sports fan, especially in your 50's, you'll feel like your on a wonderful path down memory lane. Even if you're not in your 50's, the stories and behind the scenes perspectives of some of our greatest sports events are fantastic. I recommended this book to a young man I work with and my son, both young men, they loved it.There's also a very interesting glimpse of network sports programming. I highly recommend this audio book. I've listened to many and it will be the first that I will listen to again.
...a major disappointment that Al didn't read the whole book. The other narrator is just fine (except for his penchant for reading a score of 4-3 as "four and three"). Al's voice is so familiar, the stories he tells are so associated with him personally, that to have someone else read most of it is a letdown. Fortunately, Al himself read the "Miracle" chapter.
This is a well written account of a remarkable career. I've enjoyed Al's work most of my adult life. His best known work-Lake Placid hockey, the 1989 World Series, MNF, SNF are a large part of my sports life. He gives the listener wonderful details and reminiscences of former colleagues like Howard Cosell while sorting through the varied corporate wranglings that have over time defined how we understand and interpret American sport. He traces his varied and impressive career dropping references like seeds that bloom years later to have significant impact. In short, it's fundamentally good and engaging story telling.
The disappointment of the audio version is that Al only reads the Preface and a couple other chapters himself (The story of 1980 Olympic hockey among them). The bulk of the text is read by Ray Porter who is not up to the task, or at least I can't believe that Al or any other sports fan listened to Roy's contribution. It's full of mispronunciation s and other gaffes. Nits perhaps, but they do stick out as catchable and fixable and detract from an otherwise enjoyable time.
Really, Really Good
Don't know one off the top of my head.
This was the first one about Al Michaels. It was very good.
No, it wasn't.
My dad met Al Michaels for a moment in 1991 in Denver while I was getting ready for a performance. I wish I kept the thing he signed.
Enjoy books about History, Sports, Travel, Geography
Insightful, Engaging, Well-Thoughtout
The stories behind the big games that I can remember during the 80's
Hope Al writes another one. His first hand accounts of games and how his career evolved keep me listening for hours
If you thought you knew everything about sports, Al's book is the perfect way to get behind the scenes information on all of your favorite sports moments and then some. What a career, what a life, what a gentleman
I don't think anyone has covered a wider variety of sports and gone deeper into the games or events than Al Michaels. The back story on many of those events and the people involved will forever add poignant perspective and finer details to my own recollections.
Exceptional book of broadcast history. You will not be disappointed for s second. Raw unfiltered passion with zero embellishments as he describes his journey in professional broadcasting. Impeccable would be the word to describe his career and this incredible book. Well done and excellent narrators - yes that includes Al :-)
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