You Herd Me!: I'll Say It If Nobody Else Will

You Herd Me!: I'll Say It If Nobody Else Will

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by Colin Cowherd

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There are really two games, the one you see and the one you don't. The way I see it, the best way to use access to both worlds is to illuminate and reveal, not idolize and adore. It's better to be wrong than to be played for a fool. – Colin Cowherd
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There are really two games, the one you see and the one you don't. The way I see it, the best way to use access to both worlds is to illuminate and reveal, not idolize and adore. It's better to be wrong than to be played for a fool. – Colin Cowherd
In this age of billion dollar athletic marketing campaigns, “feel good” philosophy with no connection to reality, and a Sports Media echo chamber that’s all too eager swallow whatever idiotic notion happens to be in vogue at the moment, it’s tough to find people who aren’t afraid to say what they’re really thinking.
But that’s where Colin Cowherd comes in. As his millions of fans on ESPN Radio and ESPNU already know, Colin is the rare sports analyst who’s brave (or crazy) enough to speak his mind—even if it pisses some people off. Of course, it helps that a lot of what Colin has to say is simply hilarious. Lots of writers can tell you about Boston’s storied sports history. But how many can tell you why the city of Boston is America’s five year old? Lots of writers will brag about the stuff they got right, but how many will happily list all the calls they got completely and utterly wrong? Whether he’s pointing out the stupidity of conspiracy theories, explaining why media bias isn’t nearly as big a deal as many assume, or calling out those who prize short term wins over sustainability, Colin is smart, thought-provoking, and laugh-out-loud funny. Some of the questions he’s not afraid to ask in You Herd Me! include:
Is Tiger Woods really a sex addict—or does he just have good PR?
Is “work-life balance” really the ideal we should all strive for—or is that just a way for people feel better about mediocrity?
Is talent really all it’s cracked up to be—or can too much talent actually be counterproductive?
Is the X games really a sport—or would we all be better off if we admitted it’s something else entirely?
Is Hell really a supernatural place of fire and brimstone—or is it actually just another word for living in Tampa?
Unapologetically entertaining and packed with behind-the-scenes insights you won’t get anywhere else, You Herd Me! is unlike any other sports book ever written.

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ESPN Radio host Cowherd sounds off on a variety of sports topics. Although his business obliges him "to summon a strong opinion," the author insists his views are honestly held, not adopted merely for the sake of controversy. It's his job, he claims, to look beyond the press releases and the consumer's to figure out who among the talking heads offers a reliable source of information. In his debut, Cowherd shotguns the sports world in a series of short chapters, each a blast on a hot topic--e.g., why Nike is the only company that can mount a marketing campaign sufficiently powerful to drive public opinion; why college basketball coaches are so insufferable; why quarterbacks from second-tier colleges have greater success in the NFL than those from big schools; why home-field advantage is so pronounced in the NFL; why the X Games ought to get out of the Olympics; why the Southeastern Conference is the biggest dynasty in sports; and why the NFL should ban in-stadium beer sales. The phone lines light up when Cowherd compares Bill Belichick to Steve Jobs, Major League Baseball to the Republican Party, Boston fans to 5-year-olds, John Daly to Allen Iverson, Peyton Manning to Robin Williams. Occasionally, he discourses on a nonsports topic--how "menstrual synchrony" has its male equivalent in the group stupidity of young men, why all comedians eventually lose their edges and why a so-called balanced life is overrated--but he sticks mostly to the games and personalities that obsess our sports-crazed nation. Cowherd's socially liberal views often place him at odds with the sports world, and his brashness can be off-putting, but his departures from conventional wisdom, his humor and--notwithstanding his confessions of predictions gone horribly wrong--his frequently incisive trendspotting and analysis set him apart from the pack of radio hosts who do no more than fill time. Provocative and amusing takes on the passing sports parade.

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You Herd Me!: I'll Say It, If Nobody Else Will 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You might be left wanting... Let me first say that I am a fan of Colin Cowherd and have been a regular listener to his radio program for the past 6 years. He does an outstanding job, and he makes my drives all the better, day in, day out...I am the caricature of the typical Herd fan. 40 years old, post bachelor degree, professional, and a big fan of digging deeper and looking for a different spin on a variety of topics related to sports. I was so excited about this book I actually pre-ordered it. I could not wait to voraciously tear into it, and savor every page. Sadly, what ended up happening from my vantage point, is I essentially felt that it was like I was getting a re-run of an old, recycled show, more or less the same talking points, the same insight that I receive when I tune in on my radio. More than anything, I was hoping for more. As I continued reading, hopeful the themes and insight would bring something new to the table, I found myself time and time again, feeling like I had already heard it all before. That leads me to one positive caveat. If you are NOT a regular to his radio show, or to Cowherd in general, I DO recommend it, because in all honesty, its a very good book if you are not privy to many of the talking points and topics he hits in it. This IS a good book, bordering on excellent. However, if you know Colin Cowherd well, fan or not, theres very little fresh insight, and becomes pretty repetitive...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you watch Colin Cowherd on ESPN or listen to his national radio show 'The Herd' then you will absolutely love this book. Cowherd does a great job of taking sports and integrating them into the way society is today. This book isn't all about sports though. Cowherd also does a great job at giving his strong opinions on controversies within the country today while throwing in a few personal stories that I'm sure most people can relate to. A must read for any sports fans, not just Colin Cowherd fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love him or hate him colin always has an intersting take on all things sports and hes willing to speak his mind. I think its a great read. Obviously the first person who reviewed this has never viewed a cable tv channel the rest of the world knows as espn
AndrewInColumbus More than 1 year ago
Having been a fan of Colin's "The Herd" on ESPN I sent him an email long ago encouraging him to write a book. Lot's of his stuff, beliefs, and such draw parallels to outside the sporting universe - stuff for business and/or life. I was hoping he'd share so I could pass along some of the pearls to my staff and my two adult sons (who rarely listen to radio!) Colin doesn't disappoint - entertaining, a peek behind the sports curtain, and lot's of good nuggets - both overt and covert! Bravo! Now about that next book...
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Colin Cowherd hosts my favorite radio show and if you listen to him also then you have heard much of what this book entails. But its nice that he can let loose and not censor himself. Many of his thoughts and lessons are about sports but really apply to life in general.
avmAZ More than 1 year ago
My son is a Colin Cowherd fan and watches his tv show every morning. He started reading this book Christmas morning and couldn't put it down. He said it was e excellent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an avid listener to his radio show, I am a big Cowherd fan. I had a certain expectation when beginning this book that his writing would line up well with his hilarity on his show. I was not disappointed. The book reads in true Cowherd fashion. He offers some very interesting points on a variety of different topics. His points definitely make you think differently about a variety of sports topics. It was an entertaining read and I found myself excited to enter the next chapter all the way through. I also enjoyed the random quotes at the beginning of each chapter.
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An interesting perspective on sports.
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Wareagleforlife More than 1 year ago
I have been listening to the Herd on ESPN for a while and I love the show. The book is amazing. It talks about the behind the scenes action the commoner like myself never gets to experience. Must have for any sports fan. You have just been Herded!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of Colin's, listen/watch most days but was disappointed with at least one thing in his book. He states "I'll say it if nobody else will" but except for one passing comment he ignores the biggest problem in college football. Many of the supposed "top teams" routinely fill their schedules with glorified high school teams, thus compiling winning records, which causes knee-jerk reactions with pollsters and media alike. The result is well rested teams vying for national titles when they are seldom tested. If the SEC and other conferences had any guts they'd follow the lead of the PAC 12 and schedule their conference foes almost exclusively. Ken Schaeffer
Bobby89 More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed that Colin decided to go political and attack the Republican party. I don't care if he was attacking the republicans, democrats, libertarians or aliens it took away from the fun of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He should wear a mask. Just stole $ 12 from me. What A bomb.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book is amazing BUT I also preordered this book for the sole purpose of it being signed. I never received the first one Barnes and Noble sent to me (maybe that one was signed) and after receiving assurances that the second one they were sending out would be signed, it was not. Did anyone get a signed preorder from Barnes and Noble?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was advertised that all pre-orders were supposed to receive signed copies.  I received mine and it was NOT signed.  Disappointing.  I have not had a chance to read the book yet.  Although in response to the comment about the title being spelled wrong.  His last name ends in -herd.  HIs show is called and spelled The Herd.  The spelling of the book title goes along with both of these.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The title is spelled incorrectly. No stars if B&N allowed that option.