And the Fans Roared: Recapture the Excitement of Great Moments in Sports

And the Fans Roared: Recapture the Excitement of Great Moments in Sports

by Joe Garner, Bob Costas

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a split second, an athlete or a team makes a decisive move and the crowd roars in the stadium; simultaneously, the sports announcer captures the play and the moment and the noise, sending the fans at home, listening on the radio or watching on television, to their feet. Garner knows that great sports moments are as personal as they are universal, and the most memorable are almost too numerous to name--but not quite, as he proved first with his bestselling And the Crowd Goes Wild and as he does, once again, with inimitable flair and momentum, in this spectacular companion containing more of those fateful seconds of history from the pros, the Olympics and college teams: the day Babe Ruth said goodbye to baseball, the buzzer-beating basket that Duke's Christian Laettner scored against Kentucky, the precise millisecond when Flo Jo became the fastest woman in the world, the fight in which Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield and 39 others. Garner--with popular sportscaster Costas, who narrates the two accompanying CDs with the original, spontaneous and unforgettable broadcasts of every play described in the book--makes each singular experience as fresh and hair-raising as it was originally. Arranged chronologically, the book and CD work in tandem, so all readers have to do is sit back and reminisce. 500,000 first printing. (Nov.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
This book-and-CD set is the sequel to Garner's popular title from last year, And the Crowd Went Wild. With both sets, the text and plentiful photographs in the book provide background for the broadcast calls of celebrated sports events presented on the two CDs. Each call is set up by announcer Bob Costas's literate narration. On the plus side this time, the CDs feature less of Costas and more of the enthusiastic original broadcasts. In general, the selections themselves are also better because they include more great events with climactic moments: the key to a compelling broadcast is a thrilling climax. In addition, the events chosen here are more recent, the last event being Tiger Woods's winning the U.S. Open in June 2000. All in all, the concept continues to be a good one and is better executed this time around. Recommended for all general sports collections.--John Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, NJ Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Only if a bag of hot-roasted peanuts were included could this book be a bigger treat to the senses. The sights and sounds of emotionally punched moments in American sports fill each broad page and the two companion CDs. Jackie Robinson's last hit in a World Series before retiring, Citation winning the Kentucky Derby, Mary Lou Retton earning consecutive perfect scores, and Florence Griffith Joyner stylishly becoming the fastest woman in the world are captured in lively photographs and stirring text. Alone they are a fine addition to any collection, but with the CDs (tucked inside the front cover), the action becomes even more vivid. Original broadcasters are heard announcing play-by-plays while the fans cheer for the unique feats of athleticism. Highlights from boxing, racing, track and field, baseball, football, basketball, bicycling, hockey, and gymnastics are entwined with commentary from Bob Costas. He sets the stage and reveals some poignant facts about the competitors who own those pinnacle moments, and the broadcasters who recorded them. Written with enthusiastic craftsmanship, the book offers nuggets about how disciplined work can result in personal triumph, how luck and talent can combine for stellar performances, how even stars can lose their luster (Pete Rose, Mike Tyson, O. J. Simpson), and sorrow can come to those who made the fans roar.-Karen Sokol, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Hyperbole. The lifeblood of sports broadcasting. ESPN-type channels and their insatiable need for dramatic footage magnify every play, exaggerate every action. Announcers preparing for a record-breaking affair practice their calls ahead of time, based on what might happen. So much for spontaneity. From hundreds of thousands of games across the athletic spectrum, Garner has separated the wheat from the chaff in And the Fans Roared, his follow-up to And the Crowd Goes Wild. Like the original, this book comes with two CDs, narrated by Costas, which contain the original calls of such memorable events as Babe Ruth's farewell, George Foreman's victory over Joe Frazier, and Reggie Jackson's three consecutive homers in the 1977 World Series, and Tiger Woods demolition of the U.S. Open just a few months ago. Baseball, football, and basketball lend themselves well to this audio format. Others sports, such as tennis, ice skating, and gymnastics, do not. Taken together with the text, however, they all come together neatly. Certain milestones included in And the Fans Roared, though no less historic, make for less drama than others. Cal Ripken, Jr., took thirteen years to break Lou Gehrig's "iron man" record. Pete Rose played over two decades on his way to wrest the all-time hit crown away from Ty Cobb. Other moments happen as fast as a heartbeat and can put an ordinary player on par with the games' immortals: With one swing of the bat, Joe Carter led the Toronto Blue Jays to a world's championship in 1993. On the other hand, Bill Buckner will forever be remembered for his error which allowed the Mets to return from the dead in Game Six of the 1986 Series. Jim O'Brien, born with serious physicaldeformities, overcame his afflictions and kicked the longest field goal in NFL history. Sports have often been spoken of in terms of life and death, but truer words were never spoken during the 1989 World Series between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants, which was interrupted by a major earthquake. The routine banter in the broadcast booth belied the very real danger, which delayed the games for ten days while the Bay Area tried to right itself. Magic Johnson's biggest fight, against the HIV virus, was put on the back burner as he returned for one last hurrah, taking to the court, and earning MVP honors, in the 1992 NBA All-Star Game. Not every event in sports carries the same weight, but they are all important in their own right and all enjoyable to relive.
L.A. Times
Last year Joe Garner of Encino, with research help from Todd Donoho, put together "And the Crowd Goes Wild," a book that featured great moments in sports and also had two CDs attached inside the front cover that contained original TV or radio broadcasts of those moments. It became a bestseller, with more than 500,000 copies sold. Garner heard from fans across the country who wanted a sequel. Since he had only scratched the surface, a sequel was a natural, and this is it. There are 44 moments in "And the Fans Roared." The book begins with a tribute to Jackie Robinson, who integrated baseball in 1947. The CD has Bob Wolf¹s call of Robinson¹s last major league at-bat, in the 1953 World Series. The last of the 44 moments is Tiger Woods¹ U. S. Open victory at Pebble Beach this year, and NBC¹s Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller are featured in the CD. The book¹s second segment is on Babe Ruth and the day he was honored at Yankee Stadium on April 27, 1947. The book has three pages of text and some incredible pictures of Ruth. The CD portion features Ruth¹s speech to fans that day, bad voice and all. The book¹s foreword was written by George Foreman, who notes that listening to Cassius Clay¹s fight with Sonny Liston in 1964 on radio made him want to be a fighter. Foreman¹s moment in the book is his 1973 fight with Joe Frazier in Kingston, Jamaica. Howard Cosell¹s call-"Down Goes Frazier"- is one of the highlights on the CD portion, narrated by Bob Costas. One moment that Garner probably could have left out was Dec. 16, 1973, when O.J. Simpson of the Buffalo Bills topped 2,000 yards. And if he felt it necessary to include Simpson, his 64-yard touchdown run-and even his 13-yard touchdown run-against UCLA in 1967 are more memorable moments.

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Down Goes Frazier!:
George Foreman Beats Joe Frazier

January 22, 1973
Disc 1; Track 14

Had Smokin' Joe Frazier been reduced to just smoke and mirrors? That was the question being asked when the world's heavyweight champion arrived in Kingston, Jamaica, to defend his crown against George Foreman, the rising young force in the division.

Just two years earlier, Frazier had been the toast of the boxing world when he had won a brutal fifteen-round decision over Muhammad Ali in a battle of two undefeated fighters that was justifiably billed as the Fight of the Century. But even in victory, Frazier looked like a beaten man. He was taken to a hospital after the fight and remained there a week.

In his two ensuing fights, against Ron Stander and Terry Daniels, Joe Frazier, though victorious, did not look as devastating as he had in the past. Still, he scoffed at those who questioned whether, at age twenty-nine, he had enough left to hold off the twenty-four-year-old Foreman, whose right hand was rapidly becoming the most feared weapon in the heavyweight division. "Down through the years, I been foolin' them all," Frazier said. "They buried me, cremated me, put me back in the ground."

Joe Frazier entered the ring that night with a record of 29—0 with twenty-five knockouts. Foreman's record was 37—0 with thirty-four knockouts. Both men also owned Olympic gold medals in the heavyweight division, Frazier's earned in the 1964 Games, Foreman's in 1968. Oddsmakers were not discouraged by speculation that Frazier was past his prime, making him a 5-1 favorite. But some experts, including sportscaster Howard Cosell, on hand in Jamaica for the blow-by-blow description, were picking Foreman.

But nobody could have envisioned what happened once the opening bell rang. It became immediately obvious that Foreman's advantages in height (6 feet 3 inches to Frazier's 5 feet 11.5 inches) and reach (78.5 inches to Frazier's 73.5 inches) were going to be critical factors. So was Foreman's mindset. Many fighters had been intimidated by Frazier's straight ahead, not-to-be-denied style. His nickname, "Smokin'," came from his tendency to burrow into an opponent and keep smoking until his foe had been consumed. But Foreman knew all about intimidating tactics. This wasn't the jovial, popular salesman and television personality of his later years. This was an angry young man off the mean streets of Houston, Texas, who could fix an evil glare on his opponent. And he fixed it on Frazier, both at the weigh-in and during the pre-fight instructions. Frazier had tried to get to Foreman by telling him, "I'm gonna sit you on the ground, George." But he got no reaction from Foreman, who was saving his reply for the ring.

Frazier came out fast, landing the first punch. He hit Foreman on the chin with a left hook, his trademark shot. There was no reaction from Foreman. Right then, Frazier knew he was in trouble. And he quickly found out how much. A Foreman combination rattled Frazier, and a right uppercut put the champion down.

And at that instant, Cosell forever immortalized this bout with three words, uttered in a screaming fashion three times in a row: "Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!" Many say it was Cosell's finest moment. It was certainly one of Foreman's as well.

Frazier got up immediately from the knockdown only to be put down a second and third time before the first round mercifully ended. Each time, it was a Foreman right hand that did the damage. It was shocking to watch Frazier, the man who had withstood the best Ali had to offer over fifteen rounds, find himself unable to stay on his feet against this young challenger. Defensively, Foreman was using his tall frame and long arms to keep Frazier from getting inside and doing any damage of his own.

Thirty seconds into Round 2, Frazier went down again from a Foreman right hand. "It's target practice for George Foreman," yelled Cosell. Twice more Frazier went down, six times in all after having been down only twice previously in his entire professional career.

Finally, after the sixth knockdown, referee Arthur Mercante signaled that Frazier had had enough. The bout was stopped at the 1:35 mark of Round 2. A crowd of thirty-six thousand in Jamaica's National Stadium had seen the world's heavyweight championship dramatically change hands. "On the first right to the body I landed," Foreman said, "I saw him wince and I knew I was going to win."

Frazier could only shake his head at the beating he had taken. "I knew George Foreman was big and strong," Frazier said, "but I didn't realize he was that strong."

Both Foreman and Frazier would go on to experience crushing losses to Muhammad Ali. George Foreman lost to Ali in Zaire, Africa, in the 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle." Joe Frazier was beaten in 1974 in New York, and in 1975 in the Philippines fight labeled the "Thrilla in Manila." Still, as great as those fights were, the Jamaica battle would long be remembered after the particular blows had been forgotten thanks to Cosell's "Down goes Frazier!" Foreman and Frazier fought each other again in 1976, Foreman winning again, this time on a fifth-round knockout.

Joe Frazier retired from boxing for good in March 1981. George Foreman, after a ten-year absence from the ring, again shocked the world by knocking out Michael Moorer in 1994 to regain the heavyweight championship at age forty-five, becoming the oldest man to ever win any boxing title.

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