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6 new sports books for good holiday reading

Amid the blizzard of televised games, sports fans sometimes enjoy settling into an easy chair to enjoy a more reflective, in-depth look at the games, players, and coaches they follow. Here are excerpts from six new sports books, all of which offer some insightful reading.

1. 'You Can’t Make This Up: Miracles, Memories, and the Perfect Marriage of Sports and Television,' by Al Michaels with L. Jon Wertheim

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In his autobiography, sportscaster Al Michaels shares his broadcasting philosophy and countless stories from his four decades working Super Bowls, World Series, and other major events.  

“Some former jocks approach the commentary role with the mentality I played the game, I was on the field and you weren’t. So listen to what I have to say. That’s usually when laziness blends with arrogance. That won’t cut it. I worked with one analyst, a former quarterback, who would constantly say things like ‘This is what the quarterback is thinking here.’ The situation didn’t matter. I always wanted to say, ‘Really? Every quarterback is thinking the same thing on every third-and-four? Just because you once were a quarterback doesn’t mean you know what all quarterbacks are thinking in every situation. This is what you were thinking, not everybody.’”  

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