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

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In this highly entertaining and insightful memoir, one of television’s most respected broadcasters interweaves the story of his life and career with lively firsthand tales of some of the most thrilling events and fascinating figures in modern sports.

No sportscaster has covered more major sporting events than Al Michaels. Over the course of his forty-plus year career, he has logged more hours on live network television than any other broadcaster in history, and is the only play-by-play commentator to have covered all four major sports championships: the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, and the Stanley Cup Final. He has also witnessed first-hand some of the most memorable events in modern sports, and in this highly personal and revealing account, brings them vividly to life.

Michaels shares never-before-told stories from his early years and his rise to the top, covering some of the greatest moments of the past half century—from the “Miracle on Ice”—the historic 1980 Olympic hockey finals—to the earthquake that rocked the 1989 World Series. Some of the greatest names on and off the field are here—Michael Jordan, Bill Walton, Pete Rose, Bill Walsh, Peyton and Eli Manning, Brett Favre, John Madden, Howard Cosell, Cris Collinsworth, and many, many more.

Forthright and down-to-earth, Michaels tells the truth as he sees it, giving readers unique insight into the high drama, the colorful players, and the heroes and occasional villains of an industry that has become a vital part of modern culture.

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“An enjoyable look at an important period in sports and television history by a man who helped shape it.” (Washington Times)

“A playful puppy of a memoir about a big dog career.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Praise for Al Michaels: “Al Michaels is my favorite. . . . He is the last of the true icons.” (Eminem, in GQ Magazine)

“Al Michaels might be the best storyteller in all of sports.” (Bill Simmons, editor-in-chief of Grantland and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Basketball)

“One of my favorite guests. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve had Al Michaels on my shows” (Howard Stern)

“Al Michaels may be the best all-around play-by-play announcer ever.” (Sports Illustrated)

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.

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