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. --Bill Ott
Praise for Rick Reilly
“Rick Reilly is one of the funniest humans on the planet, an indescribable amalgam of Dave Barry, Jim Murray, and Lewis Grizzard, with the timing of Jay Leno and the wit of Johnny Carson.”—Publisher’s Weekly
“Don't get started reading this book. It will take three burly men to pull you away from it.”—Bob Costas, NBC commentator for Missing Links
“You don't need to know your bogeys from your birdies to find at least three laughs per page in this novel.”—The New York Times Book Review for Missing Links
“Snappy prose, believable characters, and the funniest take on blue-collar hacking and gambling since Dan Jenkins's The Glory Game at Goat Hill...it's social satire and pure irreverence that keep this story in the groove.”—Los Angeles Times for Missing Links
“Reilly could write about lawn bowling and make it funny, informative, and entertaining. You never know what the next page is going to bring.” —Los Angeles Times for Who’s Your Caddy?
“You might not think the story of a man carrying Tommy Aaron’s golf bag for 18 holes could make you laugh out loud, but you’d be wrong. Who’s Your Caddy? is funny enough to coax a chuckle out of Vijay Singh. A great way to read about the game—and its people, too.” —Charlotte Observer
“You don’t have to know much about golf to get a kick out of this book. Reilly learns a little about golf, and a lot about people.” —The Buffalo News for Who’s Your Caddy?
“[Reilly] knows and delivers a good story when he sees it . . . readers can’t help but be touched by the sheer ingenuity of many of these games and the sheer courage of many of the participants.”—Booklist for Sports from Hell
“Reilly was the closest thing sportswriting ever had to a rock star.” --Chris Chase, USAToday.com
“Often, Reilly’s is so good, it almost is painful for sportswriters like me to read him.” --Ed Sherman, The Sherman Report
“Reilly made you think, made you cry, made you LOL, made you get to know a subject, made you love sports and hate sports and love him and hate him. Above all, he made you read him, every column.” --Jay Marriotti, SportsTalk Florida
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