Tiger, Meet My Sister...: And Other Things I Probably Shouldn't Have Said [NOOK Book]


Rick Reilly has been called ?one of the funni?est humans on the planet?an indescribable amalgam of Dave Barry, Jim Murray, and Lewis Grizzard, with the timing of Jay Leno and the wit of Johnny Carson? (Publishers Weekly). In Tiger, Meet My Sister, Reilly com?piles the best of his columns from his last five years with ESPN, columns that will make you laugh, cry?and quite a few...
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Rick Reilly has been called “one of the funni­est humans on the planet—an indescribable amalgam of Dave Barry, Jim Murray, and Lewis Grizzard, with the timing of Jay Leno and the wit of Johnny Carson” (Publishers Weekly). In Tiger, Meet My Sister, Reilly com­piles the best of his columns from his last five years with ESPN, columns that will make you laugh, cry—and quite a few that may make you want to throw this book across the room. Rick Reilly tends to get under people’s skin like that.

He has no compunction telling readers, in his singular quick-witted style, how he really feels about some of the most popular sports figures of our time. Wondering about quarterback Jay Cutler? “Cutler is the kind of guy you just want to pick up and throw into a swimming pool, which is exactly what Peyton Manning and two linemen did one year at the Pro Bowl.” Or how about Tiger Woods? “Sometimes you wonder where Tiger Woods gets his public-relations advice. Gary Busey?” But for every brazen takedown, Reilly has written a heartwarming story of the power of sports to heal the wounded and lift the downtrodden: the young Ravens fan with cancer who called the plays for a few—victorious—games in 2012, or the onetime top NFL recruit who was finally exonerated after serving five years for a crime he didn’t commit.

With a new introduction and updates from Reilly on his most talked-about col­umns, as well as his expert opinion on athlete tattoos, NFL cheerleaders, and running with the bulls in Pamplona, Tiger, Meet My Sister showcases an unparalleled sportswriter at the top of his game.
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An acclaimed sportswriter presents a litany of gripes.The subtitle of this collection of previously published essays by veteran sportswriter Reilly (Sports from Hell: My Search for the World's Dumbest Competition, 2010, etc.) tells readers what to expect: brash, rude opinions for which the writer does not apologize. The author, an ESPN.com columnist and 11-time national sportswriter of the year, occasionally writes uplifting stories about "People With Big Hearts" or "Tales of Strength" (two chapters in this book), but his stock in trade is quick-paced, topical humor columns for ESPN The Magazine, where his essays are a brief stop en route to something more substantial or entertaining. In large doses, his irreverent humor becomes mean-spirited and derisive. (Reilly's take on Caltech's men's basketball team's breaking its 310-game losing streak is not a feel-good story.) The author's complaint about the ponderous pace of major league baseball games showcases his typical hack work: He calls a three-hour-and-fourteen-minute Reds-Giants game in 2012 "can-somebody-please-stick-two-forks-in-my-eyes snore-a-palooza" and grouses, "I'd rather have watched eyebrows grow." In his column about Jason Collins coming out as a gay NBA player, Reilly describes players' fears of having a gay teammate as "paranoia in high tops." However, the author's irritation is valid when he rebuts the tributes dozens of writers and news outlets heaped upon Al Davis, the controversial owner of the Oakland Raiders, following his death in 2011. Reilly's listing of the man's misdeeds and many examples of his disagreeable nature ("Yes, Al Davis believed in 'A Commitment to Excellence.' Yet he didn't demand it in himself") are honest and a relief from the hagiography about Davis in the press—not to mention from the author's endless punning and tepid wordplay.In book form, Reilly's columns are an avalanche of small stones, hitting readers with trite observations and stale one-liners.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698164642
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/13/2014
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 22,815
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Rick Reilly

Eleven-time National Sportswriter of the Year Rick Reilly is a front-page columnist for ESPN.com. He is the author of 10 books, including the New York Times bestsellers Hate Mail from Cheerleaders, Missing Links, and Who’s Your Caddy?
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  • Posted July 9, 2014

    Rick Reilly is one of the best known columnists in sports. He is

    Rick Reilly is one of the best known columnists in sports. He is gifted at exposing the egos and the hypocrisy of sports figures – players, management, ownership, even fans – when they’ve got it coming to them, and equally gifted at showing their humanity and humility when appropriate. Reilly has a soft spot for the underdog; he makes you want to root even harder for him / her / them – especially if it involves a kid with health issues. 

    The (in the author’s opinion, and he’s probably right) best of his last 5 years of columns in ESPN: The Magazine have been collected in “Tiger, Meet My Sister ... And Other Things I Probably Shouldn’t Have Said”. Regular readers of that publication have probably seen many – if not all – of these articles before. (Although each has a short postscript talking about follow-ups after it was published that the magazine reader may want to check out.) Occasional or non-readers of ESPN: The Magazine should definitely consider giving this collection some of their time and attention. 

    Let’s start with Lance Armstrong. Reilly was one of Armstrong’s biggest defenders through the years of rumor and innuendo – and once he learned that the cyclist lied to him, Reilly takes the kid gloves off and lets him have it. On the other hand, Reilly managed to make this (definitely) non-Yankee fan root for the organization in pinstripes, talking about how they’d specially arranged a sheltered private box for kids who cannot be exposed to the sun and then arranged a special midnight post-game session on the field for them. AND how Joe Girardi and a few of the players picked a day to accompany a blind fan as she navigated the New York City public transportation system to “watch” her guys play from her usual seat.

    RATING: I find it difficult to give a 5 star rating to a collection of material that has already been published in another vehicle(s), but this one comes as close as anything I’ve ever seen. Take 4 1⁄2 stars from the cigar box we’re using as a register, Mr. Reilly – and I’ll round it up to 5 if we can’t make change.

    DISCLOSURE: I received this book at no cost as part of the Goodreads FirstRead program. There was no charge, but a fair and unbiased review is always requested – but not mandated – as a part of that ongoing promotion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2014

    I read this much faster than I would have thought. Rich in char

    I read this much faster than I would have thought. Rich in characters Mr. Riley has contacted, with stories of kindness, hope, struggle, and success. A fair amount of condemnation for some, rightly or other wie it is there.

    If you are a sports fan, or more importantly a fan of the human condition, you will be richer from reading this book and maybe, just maybe a little better for the effort.

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