Synopses & Reviews
Each week, when Sports Illustrated
's 21 million readers open up their magazine, many turn right to the last page because that's where to find SI
's most popular feature: the "Life of Reilly" column written by bestselling author Rick Reilly. A 21-year veteran of the magazine and 10-time Sportswriter of the Year, Reilly took over SI
's back page in 1998, and his column immediately attracted a devoted audience who helped make his 1990 book, The Life of Reilly
, a New York Times
This new collection includes 100 of Reilly's favorite columns from the last six years, along with an Introduction by Lance Armstrong. The title of the book signifies the strong reader response his columns typically generate (he wrote a column saying that cheerleading isn't a sport and there was a light-hearted backlash). Alternately side-splitting and heart-warming, but always opinionated and provocative, this book brings together the best work by the best columnist in the business.
"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." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Reilly elegantly, if unknowingly, delivers sports' essential paradox: the game has meaning, but, whether it's baseball or golf or basketball or football, it's just a game." Booklist
As a senior writer for "Sports Illustrated" and the only opinion columnist in the magazine's 40-year history, Reilly's level-headed and often hilarious approach has earned him a devoted readership. This collection presents the best of Reilly: unforgettable sporting moments, favorite columns, and unpublished pieces.
For years, many of Sports Illustrated's 21 million readers turned first to the magazine's last page, because that's where they find SI's most popular feature: the Life of Reilly column, written by best-selling author Rick Reilly.
A 22-year veteran of Sports Illustrated and a 10-time National Sportswriter of the Year, Reilly took over SI's back page in 1998, and his column immediately attracted a devoted following, including the legions of fans who helped make his first collection, The Life of Reilly, a New York Times best seller in 2000.
Now comes Hate Mail from Cheerleaders, 100 of Reilly's favorites, along with a new foreword and column postscripts by the author. Alternately sidesplitting and heartwarming but always opinionated and provocative, these pieces are the best work by the best columnist in the business.
About the Author
Rick Reilly is the author of Missing Links, Slo-Mo, The Life of Reilly, and the New York Times bestseller Who's Your Caddy? A senior writer for Sports Illustrated, he has been voted National Sportswriter of the Year ten times. He lives in Denver, Colorado, with his three children and a putter he's not currently speaking to.