The Handoff: A Memoir of Two Guys, Sports, and Friendship
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The Handoff: A Memoir of Two Guys, Sports, and Friendship

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by John Tournour, Alan Eisenstock
     
 

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John Tournour, known to his many listeners and fans as JT the Brick, is one of the biggest sports radio personalities in America. Making it as a sports radio host is almost impossible, and JT went about it in a fearless way, leaving a lucrative position as a Merrill Lynch stockbroker to pursue his dream. But Tournour's hardest challenge would come when his best

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John Tournour, known to his many listeners and fans as JT the Brick, is one of the biggest sports radio personalities in America. Making it as a sports radio host is almost impossible, and JT went about it in a fearless way, leaving a lucrative position as a Merrill Lynch stockbroker to pursue his dream. But Tournour's hardest challenge would come when his best friend and mentor, Andrew Ashwood was diagnosed with cancer.

THE HANDOFF is about JT the Brick's rise to sports radio stardom, and how his entire view of life changed as his best friend fought a losing battle to a deadly disease. As Andrew heroically endured chemotherapy treatment after treatment, Tournour was at his side, marveling at his friend's bravery and trying to be there for him as best he could. THE HANDOFF is about facing your fears, the power of connection, and the incredible lessons Tournour learned from his dear friend.

Editorial Reviews

The name "John Tournour" might draw a blank with many sports radio fans because they know this outspoken commentator only as "JT the Brick." In this candid, surprisingly touching memoir, the popular late night Fox Sports Radio host (and former Merrill Lynch stock broker) describes his meteoric rise and eventful career, but he also writes movingly about his close bond with a friend battling heroically with terminal cancer. A rich spectrum of emotions in a memoir by a media favorite. Editor's recommendation.

Curt Menefee
"Reminds me of Tuesdays with Morrie with a 'bro-code.' It's fast-paced, poignant--at times FUNNY--story that leaves a lifetime impression."
Shelf Awareness
"An earnest remembrance of a friend and the wisdom he passed on to a sports talk radio anchor."
From the Publisher
"For many people, "JT the Brick" is to sports what Edward R. Murrow was to World War II; legions of fans tune in to his radio shows for discussions of all the latest news. [A] frank portrait of grief and loss, the lessons, previewed in chapter titles, transcend pep-talk cliché and carry genuine weight. Ashwood's and Tournour's stories combine here in a way that lifts the book above others in its genre. A memorable meditation likely to resonate deeply with sports fans everywhere."—Kirkus Review"

Reminds me of Tuesdays with Morrie with a 'bro-code.' It's fast-paced, poignant—at times FUNNY—story that leaves a lifetime impression."—Curt Menefee, host of Fox NFL Sunday"

An earnest remembrance of a friend and the wisdom he passed on to a sports talk radio anchor."—Shelf Awareness

Kirkus Reviews
Sports talk radio show host Tournour recalls his employer, their friendship and what they learned about life together. For many people, "JT the Brick" is to sports what Edward R. Murrow was to World War II; legions of fans tune in to his radio shows for discussions of all the latest news. After walking away from a safe job in the financial industry, Tournour built a radio career from scratch with help from a Miami program director named Andrew Ashwood, and the two men became friends as well as business partners. Their relationship went through the peaks and valleys that most longtime friends endure, including miscommunications and oversights that led to hurt feelings, as they weathered changes in the business they both attended to with devotion, overcoming the competition over and over again. When Ashwood was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he turned to Tournour for support, and the bond between them took on a new level of strength. "The Handoff" of the title refers to the lessons--about living, work, mortality--that Tournour gleaned from being at Ashwood's side throughout his chemotherapy treatments. The book at first seems like another overly self-aggrandizing, look-at-how-I-conquered sports memoir, but as it shifts into an exploration of the men's friendship, and then into a frank portrait of grief and loss, the bravado and machismo of the early chapters is put through the wringer. The lessons, previewed in chapter titles like "Don't Back Down," transcend pep-talk cliché and carry genuine weight. Ashwood's and Tournour's stories combine here in a way that lifts the book above others in its genre. A memorable meditation likely to resonate deeply with sports fans everywhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455527908
Publisher:
Center Street
Publication date:
08/13/2013
Pages:
291
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

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Meet the Author

John Tournour began his radio career in 1995 after winning Jim Rome's first annual Great American Smack-Off. In 2001, Fox Sports Radio hired Tournour to host what has become the top syndicated nighttime sports radio show in America. He's been working for the Oakland Raiders for the past fifteen years, doing pre-game, post-game, and now the weekly Raiders Report. He lives in Las Vegas with his family.

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The Handoff: A Memoir of Two Guys, Sports, and Friendship 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Man u rock!!! I remember the times when u used to be the anchor man during the night and the thrill i got from listening to u talk and debate about stuff. The only problem was that i coyldnt get to sleep. U r the best!!! I do wish u were still on at night though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago