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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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“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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Rider Press (May 13, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399171258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399171253
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Andrew Kuligowski on July 9, 2014
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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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I was somewhat familiar with Mr. Reilly's work when he wrote for Sports Illustrated and ESPN. Always enjoyed his twist on things. This book is beyond mere enjoyment . . . it is really, really good. A collection of columns grouped by type using sports as the theme, with human redemption, courage and goodness exposed in the process. And a few sacred oxen gored.

Truth be told, I decided to select "Tiger, Meet My Sister . . ." after reading a novel of richness, depth and darkness. Great book ("The Goldfinch"), but after reading it I wanted something I thought would be lighter. The title of Reilly's collection grabbed me.

I was very pleasantly surprised. This book was the perfect anecdote to the trip through human despair I had just taken. Reilly's book made me laugh, made me cry and made me happy to be among the incredible human beings he describes while they are being incredible human beings. Somehow, sports was always involved, as the backdrop to the greater good beyond sports.

I loved this book.
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Rick Reilly is a comedic genius. He's super smart and funny - that is, he's smart funny, like witty and clever, not slap-stick pull-a-physical-prank-on-your-friend kind of funny. And, he's soulful and deep, drawing you into a world of high school jocks with big hearts, ailing golf caddies with famous, big fans, and sports legends with big chips on their egotistical shoulders - all in self-deprecating fashion that is signature Reilly. You're getting insight into the crazy world of sports from a humanistic perspective, which will appeal to even those who aren't that into sports (is there such a person?). So, whether you'll stay up until midnight to watch a good fifth set in tennis or would rather eat toad escargot off of a dirty ashtray than sit through another round of golf, Reilly's writing will appeal to your funny bone and send you to the back rooms of smelly lockers with the promise that something much more fragrant, much more beautiful, much more human is waiting to be heard just around the corner.
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If you've enjoyed Reilly's incredible writing in his essays on sports and life in the pages of Sports Illustrated or lately in ESPN, The Magazine, you will love this book. He has compiled some of his favorites, columns that he liked personally, essays that he received a lot of feedback (good and bad) and some wonderful human interest stories. Two previous books of collected columns were published, so if you are a first time reader and you like these, you might want to follow up with those as well. Short, well written and will make you chuckle out loud, or will make you think about how sports are a metaphor for life in general.
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Very easy to read. This book is a collection of Rick's columns and articles from his career. Rick has great style for all parties to enjoy. These stories range from the highest level of athletics to incredible stories from youth athletics. Any Rick fan would enjoy this.
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The potential reader should be aware that this is a compilation of Reilly's magazine columns. That is just fine with me because I happen to think that he is one of the best writers on the American scene regardless of genre.
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As a lover of all things golf and all things football this book was "cute" but because of all the other sports discussed it got boring at times. I liked it but don't know that I'd recommend it to others.
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