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The Handoff: A Memoir of Two Guys, Sports, and Friendship [Kindle Edition]

John Tournour , Alan Eisenstock
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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John Tournour, known to his many listeners and fans as JT the Brick, is one of the biggest sports radio personalities in America. Making it as a sports radio host is almost impossible, and JT went about it in a fearless way, leaving a lucrative position as a Merrill Lynch stockbroker to pursue his dream. But Tournour's hardest challenge would come when his best friend and mentor, Andrew Ashwood was diagnosed with cancer.

THE HANDOFF is about JT the Brick's rise to sports radio stardom, and how his entire view of life changed as his best friend fought a losing battle to a deadly disease. As Andrew heroically endured chemotherapy treatment after treatment, Tournour was at his side, marveling at his friend's bravery and trying to be there for him as best he could. THE HANDOFF is about facing your fears, the power of connection, and the incredible lessons Tournour learned from his dear friend.



Editorial Reviews

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"For many people, "JT the Brick" is to sports what Edward R. Murrow was to World War II; legions of fans tune in to his radio shows for discussions of all the latest news. [A] frank portrait of grief and loss, the lessons, previewed in chapter titles, transcend pep-talk cliché and carry genuine weight. Ashwood's and Tournour's stories combine here in a way that lifts the book above others in its genre. A memorable meditation likely to resonate deeply with sports fans everywhere."—Kirkus Review

"Reminds me of Tuesdays with Morrie with a 'bro-code.' It's fast-paced, poignant--at times FUNNY--story that leaves a lifetime impression."—Curt Menefee, host of Fox NFL Sunday

"An earnest remembrance of a friend and the wisdom he passed on to a sports talk radio anchor."—Shelf Awareness

About the Author

John Tournour began his radio career in 1995 after winning Jim Rome's first annual Great American Smack-Off. In 2001, Fox Sports Radio hired Tournour to host what has become the top syndicated nighttime sports radio show in America. He's been working for the Oakland Raiders for the past fifteen years, doing pre-game, post-game, and now the weekly Raiders Report. He lives in Las Vegas with his family.

Product Details

  • File Size: 429 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1455527904
  • Publisher: Center Street; 1 edition (August 13, 2013)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A2D7VU2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,413 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional Wallop August 14, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book was surprisingly moving and very powerful. Being a big fan of JT on sports talk radio I was interested in his story-and to discover that he began as a cold calling stock broker (insane descriptions of that lifestyle) and morphed into one of sports talk radio's big stars is truly compelling. From his victory in the original Jim Rome SmackOff back in the day, to his discovery by one Andrew Ashwood-a legendary radio programmer, JT's story is a rocket ride. From fantastic and highly nuanced insider stories of Pete Rose and Al Davis to the blood thirsty crowds at a Vegas Tyson/Holyfield bout, the book packs an emotional wallop. Ashwoods generosity both personally and professionally catapult JT's career, culminating in them both becoming national players at Fox Sports Radio. Then, just as mentor Ashwood reaches the zenith of his career he is stricken with cancer and the whole raucous energy of the story downshifts into the ultimate "perspective reality check" with "The Handoff." Captivating. Raw. Tender. An emotional roller coaster. The strength and courage these friends put forth together is inspiring. The heartbreak of the "partnership" where JT and Andrew walk together through Ashwood's treatments deliver a satisfying, incredibly touching story. This book is not just the victory lap of a radio star-it is a celebration of a remarkable friendship. 5 enthusiastic stars!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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There's so much to say about this book. It's about sports, radio, career, family, but mostly it's about friendship. You can clearly see how much Andrew Ashwood meant to JT and all of his friends - it's all there in the pages. The Handoff also gives readers a vivid look at what life can be like for a radio personality. It's not all about traveling to Super Bowls and Daytona 500's (although, as JT clearly illustrates, that can be fun and rewarding) it's about long hours and fighting through to the next show. Those are things that you don't hear other radio hosts talk about. It's refreshing to read such an honest perspective.

The Handoff is a heart-wrenching story about watching your best friend go toe-to-toe with cancer, and being there with him every step of the way. But after putting it down I didn't feel as much sad as I did hopeful. Because Andrew left JT, and all of his friends, with all of these meaningful lessons and stories. Enough to fill a book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an Incredible Story! August 14, 2013
By BobbyG
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This book is an incredible and inspirational life story of two guys who were brought together through a business career mentorship but the friendship developed into such a great story that the book was the only way to express the positive life lessons can come from a tragic situation. I highly recommend you read this book! Great job JTThe Handoff: A Memoir of Two Guys, Sports, and Friendship!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hand Off August 14, 2013
By Gerber
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It was refreshing to read a book that has a genuine message. Having been part of many of the moments offered in the book, it is a great reminder of how fortunate many of us are to have such good friends/brothers, not everyone can say that. The pace of the book is good and in many cases made you feel like you were there while reading it. My suggestion would be is to share the book with as many people as possible as it may cause them to reflect on their own life and what it means to be there for someone.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring August 14, 2013
By H-Bomb
Format:Hardcover
This was a great, fast moving read about JT The Brick's early days and rise through the ranks of sports talk radio. It's an inspiring and moving story of two friends, and their journey through cancer and the lessons learned and passed on.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
In this book, cancer wasn't cured. Yet it was cancer that cured the ills of a friendship that had been frayed.

The Handoff is a book by a radio guy, but it's not a radio book.

This memoir has some outstanding life lessons about determination, friendship, loyalty, fighting, forgiving and forgetting.

It's "Tuesday's With Morrie" for a new generation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Bonding Book! August 14, 2013
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Great read! The bond between JT and Andrew is something many people in this world only dream of achieving. The Handoff reminds us all that life is fleeting and to be thankful for every second of every day. Andrew taught JT to attack all moments with gusto! Read this book and pass on the Gusto!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!!! August 14, 2013
By Jimmy B
Format:Hardcover
The Handoff truly has something for everyone. It is Inspirational, Thought Provoking, Heartbreaking, Funny and a reminder that with Hard Work and a little Good Fortune Dreams do come true. And that a Guiding Hand can reach out for you in remarkable ways. Sports Fans and Fans of Sports Radio alike will love the behind the scenes stories. Those that have followed JT's unlikely Career from Caller to Nationally Syndicated Radio Personality will relive some great moments and learn what was in Jt's head and heart at the time they happened. If you have ever had a Big Dream that seemed almost impossible but somehow meant to be then this is the book for you. It will inpsire you to take the leap of faith and follow your heart!
If you ever had a Mentor in Life or hope to Mentor others The Handoff will show you the depth of Feeling, Respect and Love that define those types of relationships. Most importantly if you or someone you know has been faced with the harsh reality of Cancer then this a must read. Andrew's Ashwood's Courage, Humor and Positive Attitude will bring tears to your eyes.
His "Pay it Forward" and "Winning is the Only Option" Creedo make this a Inspiration Memoir that I am sure I will return to many times in my life. I believe this is a book that will be given from Fathers to Sons and Sons to Fathers and Friend to Friend for many years to come!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Where do I start.
What a GREAT book. Man. A whiplash ride in the Way Back Machine!
"It all came rushing back like the hot kiss at the end of a wet fist," and wham! The Wrecking Crew. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Angular Velocity
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching, moving, a great book
This book deals beautifully with how to make sense out of a devastating life experience. It shows the way that the death of someone near to you can bring about a powerful message:... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars John scully
As a listener of JTs show for years l knew this book would be a must read he put in as much passion and energy into his book as he does his radio show i really enjoyed it. .
Published 5 months ago by althea 72
5.0 out of 5 stars JT is really "The Brick"
JT pulled no punches when telling his story. He was willing to put himself in the window in order to tell the truth about his ambitions, strengths and weaknesses. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Anthony Valicenti
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced; Amazing
JT has written an inspiring book that illustrates to important things in life. It will make you realize the importance of having true friends.
Published 5 months ago by Jeff Contino
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read book.
A great book. I recommend reading this book. A book that is tough to put down. I like this book.
Published 5 months ago by William Guth
5.0 out of 5 stars "Winning is the Only Option"...He truly believed it!
I've just finished reading this book and am touched by the words, the friendship and the dedication to Andy. What a blessing he had finding JT as a friend and colleague! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amy Ashwood-Cecchinato
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're a fan of the show and don't read this book......you're...
An absolute joy to read. I'm a big fan of the show even though I can only listen for about 40 minutes during my commute to work. I've always respected the way JT runs his show. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ray Witek
5.0 out of 5 stars Bigger Than Life
An enduring story of love and friendship of both good times and bad. A human story anyone can relate too and the important lessons we all should learn before they are thrust upon... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Stephen F. Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Basic "Buddy Story"!
In a world where male "buddy stories" often get a bad rap, this powerful story of friendship, mentoring and saying goodbye stands head and shoulders above the rest. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kipper McGee
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