Commack Bob Costas is the King of the Blurbs
I wrote an item for my Friday newspaper column about (Commack) Bob Costas' prolific willingness to read sports books, then provide jacket blurbs for the authors.
Click below to read a sampling from the large pile at SportsWatch / WatchDog headquarters.
But my all-time favorite was the one Bob provided for "The Mad Dog Hall of Fame," a bad book about which I wrote a scathing review in 2006, and for which Chris Russo still has not forgiven me.
Bob's blurb on the back manages to state an indisputable fact without actually taking a stand on the book itself:
"Opining about sports in a spirited fashion is Chris Russo's specialty."Here's more:
"The Jump," by Ian O'Connor:
"Anyone looking for evidence of how the culture of sports has changed (for better and for worse) will find it in Ian O'Connor's engrossing account of Sebastian Telfair's young life."
"First in Thirst," by Darren Rovell:
"Without Darren Rovell's 'First in Thirst,' how would I know there was once a Gatorade called 'ESPN the Flavor'? At last I understand how Chris Berman and Stuart Scott race through exhausting highlight packages without becoming dehydrated."
"Cohn-Head," by Linda Cohn:
"Let's put it this way. After reading her book I now know things about Linda Cohn I couldn't even have suspected from roughly 1,000 hours of SportsCenters. And I have reached the following conclusion: Linda is the top 'Cohn-Head' since Laraine Newman."
"Branch Rickey, Baseball's Ferocious Gentleman," by Lee Lowenfish
"Just about everyone knows that Branch Rickey played a major role in modern baseball's most important development, the breaking of the color line. Yet, even if you somehow put that aside, 'The Mahatma' would still rank as one of baseball's most influential and enduringly significant figures. It's that complete Branch Rickey, 'Rickey in Full,' that Lowenfish presents here."
"Total Access," by Rich Eisen:
"I've always admired Rich Eisen's work, so it's no surprise to me that his book is very entertaining. What is a surprise is that he's somehow found time to write it in between the NFL Network's 6,347 hours of coverage of weak-side linebackers who could be draft sleepers. That sort of programming and this book about it are both genuine public services."
"Yankee for Life," by Bobby Murcer:
"As a kid you imagine that all the players you like are good guys. Sometimes it even turns out to be true. Bobby Murcer is proof of that. 'Yankee for Life' is a warm remembrance of a worthy baseball life."