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Hate Mail from Cheerleaders: And Other Adventures in the Life of Reilly [Kindle Edition]

Rick Reilly , Lance Armstrong
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Book Description

For years, many of Sports Illustrated's 21 million readers turned first to the magazine's last page, because that's where they find SI's most popular feature: the Life of Reilly column, written by best-selling author Rick Reilly.

A 22-year veteran of Sports Illustrated and a 10-time National Sportswriter of the Year, Reilly took over SI's back page in 1998, and his column immediately attracted a devoted following, including the legions of fans who helped make his first collection, The Life of Reilly, a New York Times best seller in 2000.

Now comes Hate Mail from Cheerleaders, 100 of Reilly's favorites, along with a new foreword and column postscripts by the author. Alternately sidesplitting and heartwarming but always opinionated and provocative, these pieces are the best work by the best columnist in the business.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Sports fans and regular readers of Sports Illustrated will already know to snap up this book when they see it's a collection of pieces by award-winning SI columnist Rick Reilly. Others should follow their lead, as this superb, wide-ranging collection isn't so much about sports as about "people who happen to be in sports." Some columns are tearjerkers, such as the story of a blind man who finally gets to "see" a match played by his beloved New York Islanders, but most are laugh-out-loud funny, like the one detailing the season Reilly coached his daughter's middle school basketball team ("I learned something about seventh-grade girls: They're usually in the bathroom"). A few are scathing, as in his acid-laced response to Barry Bonds denying he used steroids ("Bonds's records should stay in the books. With a little syringe next to every one"). And though it may not be surprising how many columns aim for inspiring-like the story of spirited Ben Comen, a high school cross-country runner with cerebral palsy-it's a shock how many hit the mark. Reilly's columns are short but pack a punch; a collection best savored, readers should resist as best they can the urge to consume this book in a single sitting.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From Booklist

Rick Reilly has given his Sports Illustrated readers virtual access to sports' greatest stars for 22 years. In these 100 "Life of Reilly" columns culled from the past seven years, readers hang with golf's most anonymous legend, Annika Sorenstam (a security guard at one promo event asks to see her visitor's pass). We, along with the writer's 14-year-old son, attend an SI swimsuit-issue photo shoot ("Dad, we gotta be at the sunrise shoot. . . . they need us"). And we go through Derek Jeter's daily mountain of fan mail. A lot of Reilly's famed one-liners seem more shtick than funny. Or they're regrettable, as in his remark about skydiving with a partner: "I don't know how it is in our nation's incarceration facilities, but it's the most fun I've ever had with a man clamped on my back." Reilly, though, shines when he writes about nonprofessionals, like the dad who'd pushed his wheelchair-bound son through 212 triathlons, or the Katrina-decimated high-school team that won Louisiana's hoops finals, or the cancer-stricken boy who struck out to end his team's little-league championship hopes. And in this collection, Reilly elegantly, if unknowingly, delivers sports' essential paradox: the game has meaning, but, whether it's baseball or golf or basketball or football, it's just a game. Alan Moores
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Product Details

  • File Size: 586 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0496202595
  • Publisher: Sports Illustrated Books (May 13, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,065 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
This is the second book by Rick Reilly that collects the best of his weekly Spors Illustraded back-page column. "Hate Mail From Cheerleaders" (320 pages) brings exactly 100 of those columns, from the last 7 years, in no particular order or chronology.

Some of these columns are simply funny and quick-for-a-laugh (such as "White Like Me" on why it's ok to mock white guys but not blacks or Asians, or "He Loves Himself Barry Much", which needs no explaning). Others, though, are meant to make bigger points ("Blind Justice" on the Nets' Jason Williams "accidetnally" shooting his limo driver). Yet other columns are inspirational, and that's putting it mildly: young kids living with certain handicaps yet overachieving with help of others ("Trumpeting the Father of the Year", "Strongest Dad in the World", etc.), assisting a good cause such as collecting money for mosquito nets in Nigeria ("Nothing But Nets"), etc.

The great thing is that for most of the columns, Reily gives an updated Postscript. In the postscript of his controversial 2004 column on the death of NFL player Pat Tillman in Afghanistan, Reilly writes "I don't write about sports. I write about people who happen to be in sports. I write about human joy, sorrow, religion and politics as it weaves itseld through sports." This book is HIGHLY recommended for anyone looking for a good summer book to read on the beach or wherever.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for Rick Reilly fans! July 3, 2007
It's great! A mix of his funniest and most touching articles. He's also written a little updated post script at the end of each one with a little more insight or info...

Love it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book for anyone who likes a good story June 26, 2007
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Rick Reilly has a gift of striking at the heart strings of his readers. At the same time he can be extremely funny and that is what makes this such a good book. He includes many different stories which makes it an easy read. I highly recommend this book to all.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Sports Fans! August 7, 2007
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I have read Rick Reilly on and off in SI for years. I am not a regular subscriber, so my readings of his work have not been consistent. I was getting ready to take a trip and wanted something that would be fun to read. I saw the 5 star reviews (on Amazon) of Rick's book but I was somewhat skeptical about getting it. As a University of Tennessee alumni and fan I had been upset when he had written an article slamming Pat Summit (legendary UT women's basketball coach) about "running up the score" on one of the Lady Vols opponents. Despite all this I decided to take a chance. I needed a good read on my vacation, and I knew he was a good writer, and I needed have a laugh or two while flying, or more often than not,sitting in the airport during another delay.
This book is far more than I expected. This book is very funny, but many of his articles are very touching, and he exposes the best and the worst in the people involved in sports. Sports are the venue, but it is his insight into the people that make the stories so compelling.
As a big fan of the late Jim Murray's writing, I never believed there would ever be another sports writer that good, but I think Rick is getting to that level. A great read, a must read, for any sports fan, period! Every bit a 5 star rating and more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Popcorn and warm lite beer in the stands June 3, 2013
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It's hard to picture Rick Reilly's column inspiring anyone to write hate mail. He may purport to be politically incorrect, but when viewed in a compendium, his columns are pretty bland. Maybe a third are mild complaints about an overpaid athlete or a frustrating rule of the game, a third profile nontraditional sports, unsuccessful teams or unlikely aspiring athletes, and the remainder are schmaltzy, Make-a-Wish tales about kids with incurable diseases wanting to throw out a major league pitch. Some in this last category are incredibly sappy.

Also, many articles, written from 2000-2006, are not wearing well in 2013. His columns about Lance Armstrong don't (and couldn't) mention the doping scandal. Same for Tiger Woods' adultery, Ben Roethlisberger's sexual assault, Michael Vick's dogfighting... you get the picture. Plenty of beating up on Barry Bonds, though, and jokes about John Rocker, 1999's favorite racist pitcher.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All You Need to Know May 27, 2013
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What a difference five years makes. Rick Reilly's hero, Lance Armstong has fallen from grace.(He wrote the introduction)The outrage over baseball's steroid use has become old hat. Bad sports parenting has been done ad nauseum. There are a few interesting feelgood stories in this compilation, but for the most part these stories have not held up well over time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book, even for non-sports fans! May 27, 2007
I'm only about a third of the way through this collection of columns by Sports Illustrated writer Rick Reilly, and already I feel like I've gotten my money's worth.

Reilly is a great writer, with a great ability to take any sport or sport story and weave it into a true human interest piece. Even if you don't like sports, these quirky, funny, and inspirational stories will keep anyone's interest.

Be sure to give this a look, as well as Reilly's other books.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! May 16, 2007
If you are a fan of his columns then you will be a fan of this book.

Very quick read, and it will definately make you laugh...
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