You Can't Make This Up: Miracles, Memories, and the Perfect Marriage of Sports and Television

You Can't Make This Up: Miracles, Memories, and the Perfect Marriage of Sports and Television

by Al Michaels, L. Jon Wertheim


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062314970
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/08/2015
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 188,514
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Al Michaels primetime network television than anyone in history, including twenty years as the play-by-play voice of Monday Night Football. He won his first Sportscaster of the Year award in 1980, became the second sportscaster in history to receive a News Emmy nomination for his coverage of the San Francisco earthquake during the 1989 World Series, and was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the 2011 Sports Emmys. Michaels has covered eight Olympics, and is currently the play-by-play voice of NBC’s Sunday Night Football, TV’s highest-rated show. He lives in Los Angeles.

L. Jon Wertheim, the executive editor of Sports Illustrated, is one of the most accomplished sports journalists in America. His work has been cited in The Best American Sports Writing anthology four times as well as in The Best American Crime Writing. He is the author of seven highly praised books, including the New York Times bestseller Scorecasting. He is a regular contributor to CNN and National Public Radio and is a commentator for the Tennis Channel.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xi

Chapter 1 Brooklyn 1

Chapter 2 California Kid 7

Chapter 3 The Rascal 13

Chapter 4 Cut by the Lakers 20

Chapter 5 Aloha 31

Chapter 6 Rose, Bench, Sparky, and the Machine 48

Chapter 7 The Giants of Candlestick, and the Wizard of Westwood 70

Chapter 8 Wide, Wide World 93

Chapter 9 Do You Believe in Miracles? 105

Chapter 10 Saturdays in the Fall 124

Chapter 11 The One and Only 135

Chapter 12 Roone, the Olympics, and the Fight Game 152

Chapter 13 Monday Nights 169

Chapter 14 Two for the Ages 183

Chapter 15 O.J. 205

Chapter 16 Diversions 217

Chapter 17 Monday Might Transformations 228

Chapter 18 Partners 246

Chapter 19 Links 261

Chapter 20 A New Horns 270

Epilogue 285

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You Can't Make This Up: Miracles, Memories, and the Perfect Marriage of Sports and Television 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
MinTwinsNY More than 1 year ago
“Do you believe in miracles?  Yes!” That is one of the most famous lines in sports broadcasting history.  It made Al Michaels, who was already established as a respected broadcaster, a household name in households where sports may not mean much. Of course, the line came at the end of the hockey game between the United States and the USSR in the 1980 Winter Olympics. This was just one of the many highlights and stories Michaels shares in this terrific autobiography. While there is an entire chapter dedicated to this iconic game, there is much more to Michaels’ career.  He has been a baseball broadcaster for the Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants before becoming a network (first ABC, then NBC) announcer.  His baseball resume is also impressive with the networks, with his finest work coming during the 1989 World Series when an earthquake struck the San Francisco area just prior to the start of game three.  His calm demeanor during that time has been well-documented but he is very humble in his recalling of that event – which is typical for all the anecdotes throughout the book. He is also funny in many parts of the book as well.  One of the best stories is in the chapter about Howard Cosell when Cosell got out of a car to break up a fight among gang members in Kansas City. There is also a great line when he was doing Giants games when he encouraged listeners to come to Candlestick Park so they could see for themselves how badly the team was playing.  His most notable assignment in the last decade has been as the voice of “Monday Night Football” on ABC, then “Sunday Night Football” on NBC is also well-documented.  He doesn’t take the credit himself, however, as he speaks highly of his two partners during most of these football seasons, John Madden and Cris Collinsworth.   While the book covers his entire life, the bulk of the book is his broadcasting experience.   While there are plenty of times he talks lovingly of his wife Linda and their children, don’t expect to read a lot about his personal life in this book.  It concentrates mostly on his sports career and that made the book flow very well while reading it.  Overall, this was one of the better memoirs that I have read in that the author has a LOT of stories to tell, he tells them in a humble manner and does so in an engaging manner that any reader can enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly enjoyed this behind-the-scenes look into the career of famed sports caster Al Michaels. Any fan of football on television knows of Michaels' talents on the mic, but this is an even more in depth look into the man himself. An excellent read.
Spike14 More than 1 year ago
Touches on football, baseball, hockey and more. Most interesting are Michael 's many connections in the world of sports and the influence they have had on his life. A good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read for any sports fan,serious or casual alike. Lots of insight into the inner workings of the TV sports business.  The personalities and celebrities that Al has worked with over the years, as well as lots of funny stories,makes this book a must read. I always liked Al Michaels before I read this book highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has information I never have heard of. Very interesting reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best sports book yet. Next is my friend Jerry Kramer.
PeggyReads More than 1 year ago
I definitely have mixed feelings about this book. I love memoirs - I guess I must be hooked on reading about other people’s lives. I did enjoy following Al Michaels’ career – and learning more about what it takes to become a success in the field of broadcasting. What I didn’t like so much was the fact that, at times, the book seemed to be a list of names and events that I knew nothing about. I consider myself a moderate sports fan (I follow NASCAR closely – football moderately – and baseball sporadically). I am sure that if I was more of a sports fan, I would have enjoyed this book more. I would encourage anyone who is a sports fan to read this book, just to see what goes on behind the scenes!
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