by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales
This is a fascinating, exhaustive, and gossipy look behind the scenes at ESPN. Eye-opening history and juicy anecdotes abound. This was written before the “Me Too” movement. One of the striking things that interested me in this book was the behavior of some of the male sportscasters towards their female counterparts. A few were really guilty of disgusting behavior. Some are just d**kheads. And yes names were named. I couldn’t help but believe that if this book had come out today (in 2021), many heads would roll and those interviewed would have been lots more closed-mouthed.
The best way to read this book is to go to the index and start with the personalities and topics that interest you the most. Do not read it front to back, because parts are quite dry ancient history. Once you start this way, you will find yourself reading background and going off on tangents as you want to find out more about topics and people that are mentioned while reading about your primary interests. Particularly entertaining is getting multiple viewpoints of the same people and incidents from different eyes. I ended up reading 75% of the book, even though there were really only a few personalities and topics I started off being interested in.
July 10, 2011