You Can't Make This up

You Can't Make This up

Miracles, Memories, and the Perfect Marriage of Sports and Television

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The respected sports broadcaster interweaves the story of his life and career with tales of major events and engaging figures in modern sports, from the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" finals to the 1989 World Series earthquake.

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In this highly entertaining and insightful memoir, one of television’s most respected broadcasters interweaves the story of his life and career with lively firsthand tales of some of the most thrilling events and fascinating figures in modern sports.

No sportscaster has covered more major sporting events than Al Michaels. Over the course of his forty-plus year career, he has logged more hours on live network television than any other broadcaster in history, and is the only play-by-play commentator to have covered all four major sports championships: the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, and the Stanley Cup Final. He has also witnessed first-hand some of the most memorable events in modern sports, and in this highly personal and revealing account, brings them vividly to life.

Michaels shares never-before-told stories from his early years and his rise to the top, covering some of the greatest moments of the past half century—from the “Miracle on Ice”—the historic 1980 Olympic hockey finals—to the earthquake that rocked the 1989 World Series. Some of the greatest names on and off the field are here—Michael Jordan, Bill Walton, Pete Rose, Bill Walsh, Peyton and Eli Manning, Brett Favre, John Madden, Howard Cosell, Cris Collinsworth, and many, many more.

Forthright and down-to-earth, Michaels tells the truth as he sees it, giving readers unique insight into the high drama, the colorful players, and the heroes and occasional villains of an industry that has become a vital part of modern culture.



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An eight-time Emmy Award-winning broadcaster interweaves the story of his life and career with lively tales of major events and engaging figures in modern sports, from the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" finals to the 1989 World Series earthquake. 300,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2014
ISBN: 9780062314963
Branch Call Number: BIO Michaels MIC
Characteristics: xv, 288 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill., port. ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Wertheim, L. Jon
Alternative Title: You cannot make this up

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sfk8810 Apr 16, 2015

If you like nostalgia you will enjoy this one!! Lots of good stories I remember happening!!

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looper46
Mar 09, 2015

Really a history of sports in the TV age. Al started when there was no 24 hour news cycle that had to be fed, or else people would dial away. Shows how unsophisticated the industry/technology was in a period not that long ago.As pktab states, he was at the center of some remarkable times in sports history, and a lot of Americans shared those minutes with him. Al confirms what I have heard/suspected about Howard Cosell.

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pktab
Feb 07, 2015

I originally got this book for my husband to read. He's been an avid sports enthusiast since growing up in Chicago. He really enjoyed the book.
I, too, have always like Al Michaels no matter which sport he is broadcasting. Not getting into sports until much later in life, Al Michaels has been a center piece in some very memorable moments, i.e. the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics USA hockey team vs the Russian team. "Do you believe in miracles?!!" Also, Al Michaels was broadcasting when we were watching the 1989 World Series and the earthquake happened.
There's so much more!! Really enjoyed the book!

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