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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Rider Press (May 13, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399171258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399171253
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Kuligowski on July 9, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Rick Reilly is one of the best known columnists in sports. He is gifted at exposing the egos and the hypocrisy of sports figures – players, management, ownership, even fans – when they’ve got it coming to them, and equally gifted at showing their humanity and humility when appropriate. Reilly has a soft spot for the underdog; he makes you want to root even harder for him / her / them – especially if it involves a kid with health issues.

The (in the author’s opinion, and he’s probably right) best of his last 5 years of columns in ESPN: The Magazine have been collected in “Tiger, Meet My Sister ... And Other Things I Probably Shouldn’t Have Said”. Regular readers of that publication have probably seen many – if not all – of these articles before. (Although each has a short postscript talking about follow-ups after it was published that the magazine reader may still want to check out.) Occasional or non-readers of ESPN: The Magazine should definitely consider giving this collection some of their time and attention. .

Let’s start with Lance Armstrong. Reilly was one of Armstrong’s biggest defenders through the years of rumor and innuendo – and once he learned that the cyclist lied to him, Reilly takes the kid gloves off and lets him have it. On the other hand, Reilly managed to make this (definitely) non-Yankee fan root for the organization in pinstripes, talking about how they’d specially arranged a sheltered private box for kids who cannot be exposed to the sun and then arranged a special midnight post-game session on the field for them. AND how Joe Girardi and a few of the players picked a day to accompany a blind fan as she navigated the New York City public transportation system to “watch” her guys play from her usual seat.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Texanne on May 15, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is a book of essays which entertains and inspires thought. I love sports, but had never heard of Mr Reilly. That means I have missed something.
Rick Reilly writes a column for ESPN and he is knowledgeable about sports and the people who participate in those sports.

We learn about high school heroes, college up and comers and pros who are sometimes wonderful and sometimes not so much.
There is a great deal of humor but also we see sorrow and a true humanity. At times, these sports figures are amazing in their lives off their field of play. Think Peyton Manning. At other times, we see people who exhibit qualities which make the reader cringe. Think Lance Armstrong and Tiger Woods.

I enjoyed this book and anyone who loves sports will enjoy the reading. Much of what is written will not come as a surprise, but the read is well worth the trip.

There are wonderful people involved in sports. Some of them are the kind of people who should be role models for our children. Some of them are not. Isn’t that strange, except for the talents and skills they are just like the rest of us? Except, they generally have much more money.

Mr Reilly allows us to see these talented people, up close and personal.

I have only two little teeny niggling complaints. At times I get the impression that Mr Reilly (who is very talented) is a little too enamored of himself.

And most of all, has this man never seen a hockey game?
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JV on May 14, 2014
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Rick's writing is not only hilarious, but he has a great knack at getting at the truth. Few sports books have the ability to grab you and keep you engaged the way Rick has with this one. This is a compilation of Rick's columns for ESPN. It features a great added touch by including updates to the stories from each column. I found myself laughing one moment and in tears the next. Put this book on your summer reading roster.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DennisBarrow on July 28, 2014
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I will miss reading Mr. Reilly's column. One of the reasons I no longer subscribe to, Sports Illustrated was he left for, ESPN. I hope he still writes a book or two. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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Format: Hardcover
Rick's latest work is a collection of previously written columns. Some are columns I've read in the past but there were some I haven't seen before. I thoroughly enjoy Rick's dry sense of humor and found this to be an enjoyable read. This is a perfect book if you need something mindless and just need a refreshing break from life. Rick doesn't take himself too seriously and some of his columns are very heart-warming. I love the fact he doesn't pull any punches about his subject matters. Perfect book for train, plane, beach or bathroom.
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Another great collection of short articles by Reilly. I literally laughed, fought off tears (mostly unsuccessfully), and had my faith in humanity restored. This book is not about stats, win-loss records, or anything like that. This is about the people involved in sports, for better or for worse. Any and all Reilly fans should pick this one up. Good luck putting it down.
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I liked it because I like Rick Reilly's writing. There were times I thought did he just say that (because it was brilliant) then there were times I thought did he just say that (because I completely disagreed with him). That said, I miss reading him every week in Sports Illustrated.
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By Scott on July 10, 2014
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Combination of touching articles, behind the scenes details, and laugh-out-loud stories and analogies. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it - especially to sports fans.
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