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"Bill Scheft's column should be required weekly reading for every sports fan. Consistently funny enough to make a grown anchorman cry. You can't stop the laughter, you can only hope to contain it."

About the Author

Bill Scheft is the author of The Ringer and The Best of the Show: A Classic Collection of Wit and Wisdom. He spent eleven years as head monologue writer for David Letterman. He lives in New York City.

Eleven-time National Sportswriter of the Year Rick Reilly is a front-page columnist for ESPN.com. He is the author of 10 books, including the "New York Times" bestsellers "Hate Mail from Cheerleaders, Missing Links, "and "Who's Your Caddy?"

Anineteen-time Emmy Award winner, Bob Costas is the host of NBC's Football Night in America and the lead anchor for the MLBnetwork. Costas also hosts NBC's coverage of the Olympic Games, theU.S. Open, Kentucky Derby, andmore.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (May 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446695610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446695619
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,959,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Craig VINE VOICE on June 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In this collection, Scheft has gathered some of his best material, along with adding some new jokes, to create a collection that has some ups to go along with too many downs. Too many of the jokes just fall flat (you can almost hear the little drum kick after some of them), and some of them already feel dated. There are some great lines, but they're unfortunately too few.

Scheft, a former writer for David Letterman, now writes what I consider to be one of the weaker elements of SI - a humor column that isn't often funny. I don't doubt that Scheft is funny, especially given the fact that Larry David sings his praises. However, that humor just doesn't come through in this book, and much of it can seem monotonous.

I think this may have worked better if the book was shorter, given that they could have been more selective about choosing material. Or perhaps they should have waited longer, until Scheft had enough quality jokes to justify the length of the book.

This is a fun book to flip through for a few minutes, but certainly not an essential read.
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By Greg Fay on January 28, 2013
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Great TV show ... great book ... I bought the book and it brought back lots of memories of the TV show
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By Hank on February 13, 2015
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Could not put it down
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Format: Hardcover
Bill's a pretty funny guy and I well remember his stand-up routines during those long cold nights at the Albany Times Union where he was a young sportswriter, but it doesn't come across very well here. He's at his best doing stand-up. His SI column has never worked either.
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Bill Sheft is the best. This book is so great! I very much enjoyed reading this book and his weekly articles in SI.
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