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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About the Author
Al Michaels has logged more hours on network television than anyone in history, including twenty years as the play-by-play voice of Monday Night Football. Michaels is currently the play-by-play voice of NBC's Sunday Night Football, TV's highest-rated show.
L. Jon Wertheim is the executive editor of Sports Illustrated. He is the author of seven highly praised books, including the New York Times bestseller Scorecasting. He is a regular contributor to CNN and National Public Radio and is a commentator for the Tennis Channel.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Brooklyn 1
Chapter 2 California Kid 7
Chapter 3 The Rascal 13
Chapter 4 Cut by the Lakers 20
Chapter 5 Aloha 31
Chapter 6 Rose, Bench, Sparky, and the Machine 48
Chapter 7 The Giants of Candlestick, and the Wizard of Westwood 70
Chapter 8 Wide, Wide World 93
Chapter 9 Do You Believe in Miracles? 105
Chapter 10 Saturdays in the Fall 124
Chapter 11 The One and Only 135
Chapter 12 Roone, the Olympics, and the Fight Game 152
Chapter 13 Monday Nights 169
Chapter 14 Two for the Ages 183
Chapter 15 O.J. 205
Chapter 16 Diversions 217
Chapter 17 Monday Might Transformations 228
Chapter 18 Partners 246
Chapter 19 Links 261
Chapter 20 A New Horns 270