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Nick Bakay's Tale of the Tape: Taking On the World of Sports, One Fight At a Time Paperback – May 5, 2004

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About the Author

The husband and wife team of Nick Bakay and Robin Bakay has collaborated on The Tale of the Tape since its inception on ESPN in 1993. Their writing has appeared in the National Lampoon, Spin, and ESPN The Magazine. Their television writing credits including The King of Queens, The MTV Video Music Awards, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Nick Bakay's Tale of the Tape appears regularly on ESPN, and Nick can also be seen acting in episodes of Seinfeld and That '70s Show. The couple lives in Los Angeles. Drew Friedman, illustrator of Tale of the Tape, has had his work published in Time, Newsweek, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, the New York Observer, MAD, and many other publications.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (May 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786888792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786888795
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,532,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Allen B. Cranfill on May 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
One would expect a book with such subjects as Bill Clinton, Castro, political conventions and mud-flap girls to be the long awaited autobiography of the forty-second President. Or, maybe, the new tell-all book by former advisor Dick Morris. But no, it is the often witty and always hilarious Nick Bakay's Tale of the Tape! It is penned by husband/wife writing collaborators Nick and Robin Bakay. Eerily illustrated by caricature artist Drew Friedman, Tale of the Tape is a collection of nearly ninety of Nick and Robin's innovative way of looking at people, places and things...ripped right out of the current popular culture. The Bakays take two, sometimes seemingly, unrelated items and see how they measure up to a sample of standards. Have you always wondered who is better, Mike Tyson or Michael Jackson? Well, the Bakays answer that for you by seeing how they compare in such areas as Role Models (Mike: Sonny Liston, Michael: Wayland Flowers' old Puppet, Madame), Potential Opponents (Mike: Tonya Harding, Michael: Child Services) and many others. Each entry is set up with a few words explaining actually why the two subjects should be critically compared, and ends with a summation pointing the reader to the conclusion he/she will undoubtedly already know...which is superior! I found myself laughing out loud and unable to put it down until I finished all 191 pages. That has not happened since I read Tuesdays With Morrie, by Mitch Albom. Like Albom, you may know Nick from his on camera work on ESPN, but definitely know his off camera work as Producer of The King of Queens and as the voice of Salem the Cat on Sabrina the Teenage Witch, as well as many other guest appearances on radio and television. Robin appears on ESPN with Nick, and has been collaborating with him since 1992 on various writing projects. Buy it! You will not need to be a sports fan to love it, and it would make a great gift.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Ballou on May 7, 2004
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I know nothing about sports but I know what makes me laugh and this book with its healthy dollop of irreverent pop culture cross referencing had me laughing. I remembred Nick Bakay from the "smelly car" episode of Seinfeild so I picked up his book when I saw it at the store. I almost put it down when I saw the ESPN affiliation but I'm glad I didn't. Funny stuff from a world I don't live in. I docked it a star because of the cheap paper but even that might be a plus considering where I most likely will be reading it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matt S on August 10, 2010
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I got a kick out of Nick Bakay doing this stuff on ESPN years ago. Some of the info is dated, and some of the humor a bit blue. But pretty good.
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