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Hate mail from cheerleaders : and other adventures from the Life of Reilly
Rick Reilly
Adult Nonfiction GV707 .R44 2007

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Sports fans and regular readers of Sports Illustrated will already know to snap up this book when they see it?s a collection of pieces by award-winning SI columnist Rick Reilly. Others should follow their lead, as this superb, wide-ranging collection isn?t so much about sports as about "people who happen to be in sports." Some columns are tearjerkers, such as the story of a blind man who finally gets to "see" a match played by his beloved New York Islanders, but most are laugh-out-loud funny, like the one detailing the season Reilly coached his daughter?s middle school basketball team ("I learned something about seventh-grade girls: They?re usually in the bathroom"). A few are scathing, as in his acid-laced response to Barry Bonds denying he used steroids ("Bonds?s records should stay in the books. With a little syringe next to every one"). And though it may not be surprising how many columns aim for inspiring-like the story of spirited Ben Comen, a high school cross-country runner with cerebral palsy-it?s a shock how many hit the mark. Reilly?s columns are short but pack a punch; a collection best savored, readers should resist as best they can the urge to consume this book in a single sitting. (May) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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