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Hold on, Honey, I'll Take You to the Hospital at Half-Time: Confessions of a TV Sports Junkie

Hold on, Honey, I'll Take You to the Hospital at Half-Time: Confessions of a TV Sports Junkie

by Norman Chad

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Chad is a hilariously funny TV sports critic whose philosophy is that if something is worth doing, it's worth doing to excess. And clearly the opportunities for excess in his chosen field are enormous, what with ESPN, the World League of American Football, remote control and VCRs. Between sharp barbs at sports bars, New York City fans and his own tiny attention span--the fact that there are 44 chapters in his book, half of the pieces original and half reprinted from Sports Illustrated and elsewhere, supports his claim--Chad takes on chatty sportscasters and analysts, his bete noir being shrill basketball announcer Dick Vitale. But the bulk of the book combines delightfully self-deprecating observations about the failure of Chad's marriage as a result of his addiction to the tube with perceptive comments about the suitability of some sports to TV, reserving his most scathing remarks for golf (``the greatest thing for sleep since the invention of the coil-spring mattress'') and hockey (``the puck looks like a runaway bread crumb''). (Dec.)
Library Journal
Chad is a former TV sports columnist for Sports Illustrated and the National (an all-sports daily newspaper that folded in 1992). This book is a collection of 44 humorous short chapters or columns on the invidious effects of sports television--in particular ESPN, the primary cable sports network in this country. Chad's love-hate relationship with his subject is based on a premise that is difficult to refute: sports broadcasts are marred by an excess of excesses. This humorist's writing style is reflected in the book's title; he tends to write like Dave Barry in overdrive. Although he can be uproariously funny, the narrowness of his subject matter combined with his, shall we say, excessive writing style makes this a book best read in small portions. Recommended for larger popular collections.-- John Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, N.J.

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