Saturday, October 10, 2009

eli gold? was he in the Bible?

My latest review is Eli Gold's autobiography...memoir...I'm not sure what to call it. Anyways, From Peanuts to the Pressbox: Insider Sports Stories from a Life Behind the Mic (Thomas Nelson, 2009 is about what you could expect from a C-list sports announcer.

I wasn't very familiar with the guy before this book, since I rarely watch NASCAR and college football isn't really relevant to a Baylor grad born during the Reagan administration.

His book is okay. The stories are interesting, mostly light and good-humored. He does give a few heavier accounts of the NASCAR tragedies that have hit home for him.

This book would be interesting to any Alabama fans, at least those from the past 20 years or so he has been involved with Crimson Tide football. Anyone with a special interest in the voices of sports would likely be interested and find it an enjoyable read.

It's not a great piece of writing, however. It's pretty shallow without a whole lot of salient elements that the average non-sports junkie. And you have to be one of the bigger junkies to really, really appreciate the figure behind this account, one that is into NCAA football, NASCAR or NHL.

If you're interested in anecdotal sports accounts that are also good pieces of writing, check out the books of Howard Cosell, Bob Costas, and Jack Buck.

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