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Unscripted: The Unpredictable Moments That Make Life Extraordinary
     

Unscripted: The Unpredictable Moments That Make Life Extraordinary

by Ernie Johnson Jr., John Smoltz (Foreword by)
 

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Ernie Johnson Jr. is a three-time Sports Emmy Award winner and host of TNT's Inside the NBA with Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O'Neal. He is the studio host for NBA TV's popular Fan Night and a studio host for Turner and CBS's NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship coverage. He is the lead play-by-play announcer for

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Ernie Johnson Jr. is a three-time Sports Emmy Award winner and host of TNT's Inside the NBA with Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O'Neal. He is the studio host for NBA TV's popular Fan Night and a studio host for Turner and CBS's NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship coverage. He is the lead play-by-play announcer for Turner's coverage of Major League Baseball and the PGA Championship, and has also covered the National Football League, the British Open, Wimbledon, and the Olympics. In 2007, Johnson was presented with the first-ever honorary John Wooden Keys to Life Award, presented by Athletes in Action, which is awarded to individuals who exemplify Wooden's "Seven Keys to Life," including character, integrity, and faith. In 2015, he was recognized with a Musial Award, presented in honor of Stan Musial's legacy by celebrating iconic "good sports" and the year's greatest moments in sportsmanship. In 2016, his alma mater, the University of Georgia, honored him with the Grady College of Journalism John Holliman Lifetime Achievement Award as well as the Bill Hartman Award for Lifetime Achievement from the UGA Athletic Department. Johnson lives in Braselton, Georgia, with his wife, Cheryl, and their six children, four of whom are adopted.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/01/2017
When Emmy-winning sports broadcaster Johnson was an eight-year-old in Atlanta, Ga., a Little League game on a hot summer day took an unexpected break when two players in search of a ball discovered a blackberry bramble and enthusiastically ate it clean. That story—which he heard recounted innumerable times by his father and namesake, who was the voice of the Atlanta Braves for more than 30 years—is the theme of Johnson’s affecting autobiography: pay attention to life’s unexpected blackberry moments, as they can change you and become your most treasured memories. Johnson writes with humility and humor, devoting attention in particular to the oldest of his adopted children, Michael, a Romanian boy who has severe learning differences and emotional and physical problems and requires 24-hour care. Unfortunately, Michael is the only one of Johnson’s adopted children to get much space on the page, and his story is mostly used as a vehicle for discussing resilience in the face of challenges. Johnson’s poignant chapter detailing his two biological children’s weddings will not leave a dry eye, but he all but ignores his adopted daughter Carmen, now in her early 20s. The religious component of Johnson’s book generally remains in the background, but his conversion from lapsed Catholic to Bible-studying Wesleyan and his relationship with his pastor are described in detail. The book is recommended regardless of religious affiliation and great for Father’s Day. (Apr.)
From the Publisher
"In Unscripted, you will enjoy some wonderful sports stories, but more than that, you will learn some invaluable life lessons." ---Tony Dungy, bestselling author of Quiet Strength

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801074103
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/04/2017
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
14,281
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Ernie Johnson Jr. is a three-time Sports Emmy Award winner and host of TNT's Inside the NBA with Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O'Neal. He is the studio host for NBA TV's popular Fan Night and a studio host for Turner and CBS's NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship coverage. He is the lead play-by-play announcer for Turner's coverage of Major League Baseball and the PGA Championship, and has also covered the National Football League, The British Open, Wimbledon, and the Olympics. In 2007 Johnson was presented with the first-ever honorary John Wooden Keys to Life Award, presented by Athletes in Action, which is awarded to individuals who exemplify Wooden's "Seven Keys to Life," including character, integrity, and faith. In 2015 he was recognized with a Musial Award, presented in honor of Stan Musial's legacy by celebrating iconic "good sports" and the year's greatest moments in sportsmanship. In 2016 his alma mater, the University of Georgia, honored him with the Grady College of Journalism John Holliman Lifetime Achievement Award as well as the Bill Hartman Award for Lifetime Achievement from the UGA Athletic Department. Johnson lives in Braselton, Georgia, with his wife, Cheryl, and their six children, four of whom are adopted.

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