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In this sentimental look back, Nantz recounts his beloved father's descent into illness during his own rise to success in sports broadcasting. Nantz's early ambition was to announce sporting events, and he got his start by taking advantage of even the smallest opportunity; his first job was driving Houston Open announcers from the parking lot to the clubhouse. Meanwhile, his jolly, curious and encouraging father was fielding the first symptoms of Alzheimers; sadly, as Nance finds greater recognition within the industry, the man who inspired him becomes more distant. Nantz finds father figures in his friendships with George H.W. Bush and golfer/broadcaster Ken Venturi, and turns up charming stories of others he admires like Tony Dungy, Arnold Palmer and former college roommate Freddie Couples. Though it has a saccharine streak, Nantz's on-the-job memoir fulfills his old man's vision ("Good people with good stories... To him, that was what sports-and sportsmanship-were all about") with a gentle, anecdote-heavy tour.
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CBS sportscaster Nantz, who has broadcast every major sporting event from the Olympics to the Super Bowl to the Masters, is one of those rare people who defined his professional goals early in life and set about reaching them. While in college in Houston, he worked his way through a series of low-level jobs, all related to broadcasting, and then, with his businessman father serving as mentor, he negotiated his way upstream in an incredibly competitive field. The elder Nantz, who developed Alzheimer’s just as Jim was entering the most satisfying stage of his career, has served as a constant benchmark for his son, who approaches his life seemingly armed with one question: What would Dad do? This professional memoir works best when Nantz reflects on memories of his father’s irrepressible optimism. When Nantz the elder isn’t a presence, the book devolves into a series of anecdotes—interesting enough but hardly revelatory—about the big events in sports over the last 20 years and the machinations of sports broadcasting. One of Nantz’s best qualities as a broadcaster is his ability to fade into the background while emphasizing the action in front of him. That’s his approach here, too, and if it works slightly less well in a memoir, it does offer a refreshing change from the typical all-about-me celebrity bio. --Wes Lukowsky --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
It was ok. Alot of interesting sports facts, but I wanted more details about his fathers care?Published 16 days ago by Lorengail
Have been a Jim Nance fan forever. Down to basics allowing his "expert" counterpart to speak. His Personal background interesting.Published 14 months ago by ABS
The book came very quickly and was in outstanding shape with no marks located on anywhere on or in the book. Also was a outstanding read.Published on February 7, 2012 by mcglenn72
Heard ALWAYS BY MY SIDE: A FATHER'S GUIDE AND A SPORTS JOURNEY UNLIKE ANY OTHER (Penguin Audio) by Jim Nantz with Eli Spielman. Read morePublished on October 29, 2011 by Blaine Greenfield
This was a truly fun read, hard to put the book down. The walk down memory of the key sports events in our time with some background and fun facts. Read morePublished on July 11, 2010 by J. R. Tinnin