You Can't Make This Up: Miracles, Memories, and the Perfect Marriage of Sports and Television

You Can't Make This Up: Miracles, Memories, and the Perfect Marriage of Sports and Television

by Al Michaels


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594600312
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/18/2014
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

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

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xi

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

Epilogue 285

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