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The life of Reilly : the best of Sports illustrated's Rick Reilly.
Reilly, Rick.
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Publication Information:
New York : Total Sports Illustrated, [2000]

Physical Description:
272 pages ; 24 cm
66 stories collected from Sports Illustrated.
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Sports illustrated.
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GV704 .R45 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
GV704 .R45 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Witty, irreverent, opinionated, honest, laugh-out-loud funny -- these are just a few of the adjectives that have been used to describe the writing of Rick Reilly, the six-time National Sportswriter of the Year who has entertained the readers of Sports Illustrated for 15 years with his unique perspective on the world of sports and life in general. Now, in The Life of Reilly, Rick has selected 66 of his finest stories to create a collection that is sure to amuse, inform, and provoke sports fans and non-fans alike.

Author Notes

Rick Reilly is the author of the novel Missing Links. His "Life of Reilly" column appears each week in Sports Illustrated. Five out of the last six years, his peers have voted him National Sportswriter of the Year. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Charles Barkley
Forewordp. 5
Introductionp. 7
Chapter 1 Rants
"The Swooshification of the World" (February 24, 1997)p. 13
"Sis! Boom! Bah! Humbug!" (October 18, 1999)p. 16
"That Signature Moment in Sports" (April 5, 1999)p. 18
"Glory to the Gridiron" (August 29, 1988)p. 20
"This One's From the Heart" (May 17, 1999)p. 23
"Too Many Spoilsports" (January 11, 1993)p. 25
"Look Out for the Bull!" (March 14, 1994)p. 28
"Need an Excuse? Take It from the Pros" (March 16, 1998)p. 30
"Class Struggle at Ohio State" (August 31, 1998)p. 33
"School Of Professional Athletics" (August 30, 1999)p. 35
"The Buck Stops Here" (October 25, 1999)p. 38
"The Team I Love to Hate" (November 1, 1999)p. 40
"National Bunco Association" (November 22, 1999)p. 43
"He Needs a Dream" (January 24, 2000)p. 45
"Save Your Prayers, Please" (February 4, 1991)p. 47
"Two Men, Two Flips of Fate" (February 7, 2000)p. 50
Chapter 2 Raves
"Quick, Before You're 30" (June 22, 1987)p. 55
"Hey, This Turning 40 Ain't So Bad After All" (April 13, 1998)p. 58
"Superspectator: My Olympic Feats" (August 17, 1992)p. 60
"Speaking of Class to the Class of '98" (May 25, 1998)p. 72
"The Heavenly Hundred" (May 22, 1989)p. 75
"An Easy Choice" (November 4, 1996)p. 79
"An All-Consuming Hunger for Victory" (July 6, 1998)p. 84
"What's Not to Like?" (January 10, 2000)p. 86
Chapter 3 Reality
"The Big Hero of Littleton" (May 3, 1999)p. 91
"It Doesn't Get Any Tougher Than This" (August 23, 1999)p. 93
"The Longest Yard for Doak Walker" (May 18, 1998)p. 96
"When Your Dream Dies" (December 26, 1994-January 2, 1995)p. 98
"Just Trying to Make an Indecent Wage" (November 9, 1998)p. 113
"The Inconvenience of Being Human" (November 16, 1998)p. 115
"Funny You Should Ask" (April 12, 1999)p. 118
Chapter 4 Roots
"Let's Get World Serious" (September 6, 1999)p. 123
"Bringing Parents Up to Code" (February 28, 2000)p. 126
"A Warm Ending to a Cold Story" (March 29, 1999)p. 128
"Putting It in Writing" (January 16, 1995)p. 130
"The Lipinski Who Was Left Behind" (March 2, 1998)p. 133
"The Missing Links" (June 13, 1988)p. 135
"Answer to a Young Man's Prayer" (March 23, 1998)p. 148
"A Team with Some Pop" (March 8, 1999)p. 150
"Get the Message?" (June 21, 1999)p. 153
"Magic's Greatest Trick" (November 15, 1999)p. 155
"Now Their Hearts Are in the Right Place" (January 25, 1999)p. 157
"Seoul Searching" (Time, August 28, 2000)p. 160
Chapter 5 Rough
"Perfect Pard" (June 12, 1995)p. 167
"Mon Dieu! Better Safe Than Sorry" (July 26, 1999)p. 175
"Day of Glory for a Golden Oldie" (April 21, 1986)p. 177
"Need a Fourth?" (March 31, 1997)p. 186
"Southern Discomfort" (October 12, 1998)p. 192
"Give Casey Martin a Lift" (February 9, 1998)p. 194
"S.O.S. from the ATandT" (February 15, 1993)p. 197
Chapter 6 Wrecks
"On a Wing and a Prayer" (September 20, 1999)p. 209
"Next Time, Stop the Freaking Race" (August 17, 1998)p. 211
"Heaven Help Marge Schott" (May 20, 1996)p. 214
"Saturday Night Fever" (February 8, 1999)p. 230
"Locked In with NBA Players" (December 21, 1998)p. 232
"And the Band Fought On" (October 5, 1998)p. 234
"A Chauvinist Pig in a Poke" (April 24, 2000)p. 236
Chapter 7 Royalty
"A Paragon Rising above the Madness" (March 20, 2000)p. 241
"This Girl Gets Her Kicks" (October 19, 1998)p. 243
"No Fuss Necessary in Wayne's World" (April 26, 1999)p. 246
"The Appeal of O'Neal" (June 5, 2000)p. 248
"The Goal-Goal Girls!" (July 5, 1999)p. 250
"The Mourning Anchor" (September 26, 1988)p. 252
"What Would No. 62 Be Worth to You?" (September 7, 1998)p. 266
"Finest Man I Ever Knew" (August 24, 1998)p. 268
"'Twas the Fight before Christmas" (December 27, 1999)p. 270