Tiger, meet my sister.. ...and other things I probably shouldn't have said

Rick Reilly

Book - 2014

"A collection of columns from ESPN sportswriter Rick Reilly"--

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New York : Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA) c2014.
Item Description
"All articles were previously published, in slightly different form, on ESPN.com from 2011-2013"--Title page verso.
Physical Description
xxii, 342 pages ; 24 cm
Main Author
Rick Reilly (author)
Review by Booklist Review

Yes, this is just a sportswriter's clip book, but when the sportswriter is Rick Reilly, the clips are not just clips. A longtime Sports Illustrated staffer and the author of one of the funniest golf novels ever published, Missing Links (1996), Reilly is now a columnist for ESPN.com, and this volume gathers the best of his work there over the last five years. Yes, there are quite a few columns about the nice guys Reilly has encountered on the sports beat (quarterback Tim Tebow, for one; Augusta National caddie Joe Collins, for another), but, let's face it, we're here mainly for the other kind of columns, the ones that give it where it hurts to the not-so-nice superstars of the sporting world: Lance Armstrong, whom Reilly defended for years until he didn't; Michael Jordan (Jordan's Hall of Fame talk was the Exxon Valdez of speeches); and, of course, Tiger Woods (Sometimes you wonder where Tiger Woods gets his public-relations advice. Gary Busey?). But, finally, it doesn't matter if this guy is celebrating nice or lambasting not nice. He nails it every time, and he usually leaves us laughing.--Ott, Bill Copyright 2014 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by Kirkus Book Review

An acclaimed sportswriter presents a litany of gripes.The subtitle of this collection of previously published essays by veteran sportswriter Reilly (Sports from Hell: My Search for the World's Dumbest Competition, 2010, etc.) tells readers what to expect: brash, rude opinions for which the writer does not apologize. The author, an ESPN.com columnist and 11-time national sportswriter of the year, occasionally writes uplifting stories about "People With Big Hearts" or "Tales of Strength" (two chapters in this book), but his stock in trade is quick-paced, topical humor columns for ESPN The Magazine, where his essays are a brief stop en route to something more substantial or entertaining. In large doses, his irreverent humor becomes mean-spirited and derisive. (Reilly's take on Caltech's men's basketball team's breaking its 310-game losing streak is not a feel-good story.) The author's complaint about the ponderous pace of major league baseball games showcases his typical hack work: He calls a three-hour-and-fourteen-minute Reds-Giants game in 2012 "can-somebody-please-stick-two-forks-in-my-eyes snore-a-palooza" and grouses, "I'd rather have watched eyebrows grow." In his column about Jason Collins coming out as a gay NBA player, Reilly describes players' fears of having a gay teammate as "paranoia in high tops." However, the author's irritation is valid when he rebuts the tributes dozens of writers and news outlets heaped upon Al Davis, the controversial owner of the Oakland Raiders, following his death in 2011. Reilly's listing of the man's misdeeds and many examples of his disagreeable nature ("Yes, Al Davis believed in 'A Commitment to Excellence.' Yet he didn't demand it in himself") are honest and a relief from the hagiography about Davis in the pressnot to mention from the author's endless punning and tepid wordplay.In book form, Reilly's columns are an avalanche of small stones, hitting readers with trite observations and stale one-liners. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.