Life of Reilly: Three Decades under the Blimp: The Best of Sports Illustrated's Rick Reilly

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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 ...
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Overview

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.

The book is organized around Reilly's seven Rs: Rants, Raves, Reality, Roots, Rough, Wrecks, and Royalty. His subjects range from the sublime -- UCLA coach John Wooden, one of sports' most honorable men -- to the ridiculous -- Reilly's terrifying trip aboard an F-14D Tomcat fighter -- and also include a healthy dose of opinion, on everything from the ubiquity of the Nike symbol to the overpaid brats we call professional athletes these days. There are features on sports greats, rants against high-profile athletic programs, tales of golfing glory in and out of the spotlight, reflections on enduring values and the true meaning of sacrifice, and personal stories about the Reilly family's trials and tribulations.

Evident throughout is Reilly's trademark humor, on ample display in his story of playing golf with President Clinton (whom he finds himself, with horror, calling "Pard"), his discussion of cheerleading mania ("Cheerleaders from all over tried to write me hate mail, but cheerleader hate mail is not terribly scary. They'd write, 'I hope you die!' and put a little heart over the 'i.'"), and his experience as the coach of a quirky Little League team (his players are more concerned with how to eat sunflower seeds without using their hands than with the intricacies of baseball).

Treat yourself to The Life of Reilly -- those who know Reilly's work will be pleased to revisit the master; those who don't will be thrilled to discover an extraordinary talent.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781892129888
  • Publisher: Total Sports Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Reilly
Rick Reilly
RICK REILLY is the author of the cult classic Missing Links, Slo Mo, and The Life of Reilly, a New York Times bestseller. A senior writer for Sports Illustrated, he has been voted eight times as the National Sportswriter of the Year by his peers. He lives in Denver, Colorado.
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Table of Contents

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

    Posted May 3, 2001

    A Must Read

    Reilly has the uncanny ability to make his readers laugh, cry, hate, and love with his articles. You don't have to be a hardcore sports junkie to be touched by Reillys words.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2001

    Simply Amazing!!

    This book is simply amazing. Reilley makes you a part of his stories, which is why he is such a great writer. You laugh with him, and you cry with him. His is by far among the top sports writers of all time. SInce im only a 3 year subscriber to SI, i havent obviously seen all of these, but being a sports junkie ive heard of some of his tales. And the first place i always look on thursday's is the back page.

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