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Crazy, With the Papers to Prove It
     

Crazy, With the Papers to Prove It

by Dan Coughlin
 
Dan Coughlin is not crazy, but for 45 years he covered sports in Cleveland, which means he lived life under a full moon. In this book, the award-winning Plain Dealer and WJW-TV reporter reflects on the most unusual, eccentric and outlandish people and events he covered. “I never met a wacko I didn’t like,” Coughlin says. Not only did he write

Overview

Dan Coughlin is not crazy, but for 45 years he covered sports in Cleveland, which means he lived life under a full moon. In this book, the award-winning Plain Dealer and WJW-TV reporter reflects on the most unusual, eccentric and outlandish people and events he covered. “I never met a wacko I didn’t like,” Coughlin says. Not only did he write about them, they became his lifelong friends, including a degenerate gambler . . . a sportswriter who ripped open beer cans with his teeth . . . an Olympic champion who turned out to be a hermaphrodite . . . a football player who was a compulsive practical joker . . . and dozens of others. Every day was an adventure, but it wasn’t all laughs; some of his boxers went to jail, his softball players got shot, his race car drivers were killed. Luckily, Coughlin kept notes! Any Cleveland sports fan will enjoy meeting these memorable characters.

Editorial Reviews

Mark Holzheimer
Readers will surely love Coughlin’s book that features good characters with many a tale to be told. From the humorous stories revealing former Cleveland Browns tackle Doug Dieken to be an all-time first-rate prankster, to the not so fond memories of the severed friendship between former Browns coaches Paul Brown and Blanton Collier. The book is a true ‘walk down memory lane’ for the longtime Cleveland sports enthusiast.
Mark Podolski
The title of the book doesn't lie. Save a few, each story and person is more outlandish than the other. The beauty of [the book] is the quick-hitting tales, plus Coughlin's easy-to-read style, charm and humor. Put it down for a few days, and come back later. Heck, jump around from chapter to chapter to a favorite topic or personality. It's all there for the Cleveland sports fan.
Rich Osborne
Fascinating and fun . . . If you love Cleveland sports—in spite of the records—you will love this book. Here’s your chance to relive the infamous Beer Night at Municipal Stadium, learn about the behind-the-booth silence and rivalry between legendary announcing partners Jimmy Dudley and Bob Neal, and get the story behind the story of Art Modell and why he really absconded with the Browns.
Terry Pluto
Dan's writing style is clear and engaging. This is a great airplane and bathroom book. You can just open it anywhere and start reading.
Tim Trogien
A who's who of the weird, wacky world of Cleveland sports.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013294615
Publisher:
Gray and Company, Publishers
Publication date:
10/24/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,138,273
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Dan Coughlin has covered the Cleveland sports scene for 45 years, as a sportswriter for The Plain Dealer (1964–1982) and on WJW-TV 8 (since 1983). His columns also appeared in several other daily newspapers, including the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, Medina Gazette, Lake County News-Herald, Painesville Telegraph and papers in Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. He was twice named Ohio sportswriter of the year and was honored with a television Emmy. He traveled with the Browns and Indians, and covered some of the biggest college football games of the 20th century, including five major bowl games. He was at ringside for several world championship fights as well as the Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier series. He covered 17 Indianapolis 500s and several auto races in Europe. He lives in Rocky River, Ohio.

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