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You can't make this up : miracles, memories, and the perfect marriage of sports and television
Michaels, Al, author.
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New York : William Morrow, 2014.
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xv, 288 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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.
Brooklyn -- California Kid -- The Rascal -- Cut by the Lakers -- Aloha -- Rose, Bench, Sparky, and the Machine -- The Giants of Candlestick, and the Wizard of Westwood -- Wide, Wide World -- Do You Believe in Miracles? -- Saturdays in the Fall -- The One and Only -- Roone, the Olympics, and the Fight Game -- Monday Nights -- Two for the Ages -- O.J. -- Diversions -- Monday Night Transformations -- Partners -- Links -- A New Home.
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One of America's most respected sportscasters--and the play-by-play voice of NBC's Sunday Night Football--gives us a behind-the-curtain look at some of the most thrilling games and fascinating figures in modern sports.

No sportscaster has covered more major sporting events than Al Michaels. During the course of his forty-plus-year career, he has logged more hours on live primetime network television than anyone in history, having covered all four major sports championships--the Super Bowl, the World Series, the NBA finals, and the Stanley Cup final--as well as the Olympic Games, the Triple Crown, and many more. He has witnessed firsthand some of the most memorable events in sports, and in this highly personal and entertaining account, he brings them all vividly to life.

Michaels's stories cover unforgettable chapters over the past half century--from the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics' "Miracle on Ice" to the earthquake that rocked the 1989 World Series to the drama of what many consider the most exciting Super Bowl ever--Super Bowl XLIII between the Steelers and the Cardinals. Some of the biggest personalities on and off the field are here--Pete Rose, John Wooden, Brett Favre, Tommy Lasorda, O. J. Simpson, John Madden, Cris Collinsworth, Roone Arledge, Bill Parcells, Tiger Woods, Doc Rivers, Dennis Miller, and many, many more. Complementing access with insight, Michaels adds to the stories you thought you knew: Michael Jordan's eyesight; Howard Cosell's prickly, bombastic personality; even Peyton and Eli Manning's sibling rivalry. 

From start to finish, Al Michaels gives us an up-close portrait of an industry that is--today more than ever--a vital part of our national culture.

Author Notes

Al Michaels is a sportscaster. He won his first Sportscaster of the Year award in 1980, became the second sportscaster in history to receive a News Emmy nomination for his coverage of the San Francisco earthquake during the 1989 World Series, and was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the 2011 Sports Emmys. He has covered eight Olympics, was the play-by-play voice of Monday Night Football for 20 years, and is currently the play-by-play voice of NBC's Sunday Night Football. He is the co-author of You Can't Make This Up: Miracles, Memories, and the Perfect Marriage of Sports and Television.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The ubiquitous Michaels has been a presence in television sports broadcasting since the 1970s. His defining moment came in the 1980 Winter Olympics, when the unheralded U.S. hockey team dispatched the heavily favored Soviets. Michaels' call as the game ended, Do you believe in miracles? YES!, has become a beloved sports catchphrase. Michaels' longest-running assignment was as the lead announcer on Monday Night Football, a post he held for 20 years, from 1986 to 2005. His strength as an announcer consists of his virtual invisibility coupled with tremendous preparation. This egoless announcing style is great in the booth but doesn't necessarily translate into great reading. Readers are given a fairly dry recitation of the announcer's career (and then I moved on to . . . ). He sprinkles the narrative with anecdotes of players, managers, and coaches, but, gentleman that he seems to be, there is no dishing here nor even much that isn't common knowledge (e.g., Pete Rose always liked to gamble). Still, this is a solid professional memoir by a nice person who rose to the top of his field.--Lukowsky, Wes Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this fairly straightforward autobiography, Michaels, with the help of Sports Illustrated writer and author Wertheim (Strokes of Genius), chronicles how his early love of sports growing up in Brooklyn and Southern California inspired him to want to become a broadcaster at an early age. Singularly focused on that one goal, Michaels worked his butt off, first at Arizona State University, and later calling minor league baseball and all manner of high school games in Hawaii. This dedication led to jobs with the Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, ABC's Wide World of Sports, the NFL, and the Olympics. Michael's most memorable moment is calling the US hockey team's upset over the Soviet Union in 1980 and makes for the most interesting chapter as it demonstrates his passion for sports, dedication to his craft, and humility, as he admits he had "no idea what I'd said," when he uttered his famous line, "Do you believe in miracles? Yes." There are a host of fun and interesting stories peppered throughout the book, and fanatic and casual sports fans alike will enjoy his insider's perspective and personal anecdotes about sports legends like Howard Cosell, Pete Rose, O.J. Simpson, and countless other stars and broadcasters. A testament to Michaels' commitment to and love of sports, this memoir may not be a miracle but it certainly is memorable. Agent: Richard Abate, 3 Arts Entertainment (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Emmy Award-winning sports broadcaster Michaels recounts his long, illustrious television career in an autobiography cowritten by prolific author Wertheim (Blood in the Cage). Michaels, who is known to many for his "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!" call at the 1980 Winter Olympics "Miracle on Ice" hockey game, takes readers behind the scenes of a remarkably eclectic career that began as a Hawaii minor league baseball announcer in the late 1960s and has since encompassed everything from the Olympics to the Super Bowl to Wide World of Sports. Writing with humor and humility, Michaels provides inimitable insight into covering some of sports' biggest moments live on television and shares his perspective on working with legendary sportscasters and larger than life personalities, such as John Madden and Howard Cosell, plus a revolving cast of Monday Night Football analysts. Michaels's story is rife with amusingly told lessons for aspiring broadcasters, but adult themes and profane language make this inappropriate for younger sports fans. VERDICT This breezy, immensely entertaining book is recommended as light reading to adult readers interested in the inner workings of sports television broadcasting.-Douglas King, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Chapter 1 Brooklynp. 1
Chapter 2 California Kidp. 7
Chapter 3 The Rascalp. 13
Chapter 4 Cut by the Lakersp. 20
Chapter 5 Alohap. 31
Chapter 6 Rose, Bench, Sparky, and the Machinep. 48
Chapter 7 The Giants of Candlestick, and the Wizard of Westwoodp. 70
Chapter 8 Wide, Wide Worldp. 93
Chapter 9 Do You Believe in Miracles?p. 105
Chapter 10 Saturdays in the Fallp. 124
Chapter 11 The One and Onlyp. 135
Chapter 12 Roone, the Olympics, and the Fight Gamep. 152
Chapter 13 Monday Nightsp. 169
Chapter 14 Two for the Agesp. 183
Chapter 15 O.J.p. 205
Chapter 16 Diversionsp. 217
Chapter 17 Monday Might Transformationsp. 228
Chapter 18 Partnersp. 246
Chapter 19 Linksp. 261
Chapter 20 A New Hornsp. 270
Epiloguep. 285

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