Spanning the World: The Crazy Universe of Big-Time Sports, All-Star Egos, and Hall of Fame Bloopers

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Harper Collins, May 31, 2005 - Sports & Recreation - 320 pages
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Go Spanning the World with Len Berman in this wildly entertaining, insightful, and often hilarious book that takes sports fans behind the scenes and inside locker rooms.

One of the most popular television sports personalities—known for his "Spanning the World" segments on NBC's Today show—Len Berman delivers his unique view of the world of sports, from the bizarre to the historic, all with his characteristic wit.

Over the years sports and sports reporting have changed, but Spanning the World puts it all in perspective in this irreverent take on the heroes and iconic moments.

  • Barry Bonds massages the media: "If you put that camera in my face, I'll slit your throat."
  • Mickey Mantle reveals his most pleasurable Yankee Stadium experience (it didn't happen on the field).
  • Bobby Orr loses his cool and chairs start flying from the upper decks.
  • Bill Parcells finally spills his Super Bowl–winning formula: "Power wins!"
  • And much more ...

Berman guides us through the world he knows like no one else, from intimate recollections of his heroes to postgame celebrations, exhibiting the most hilarious and shocking moments from the whole cast of characters from the last decades in sports: John McEnroe, Muhammad Ali, Larry Bird, Derek Jeter, and many more. He also addresses the more serious issues facing sports today, including steroids, overpaid stars, athletes and violence, and the place of sports in society.

A must read for every sports fan, Spanning the World is an irresistible blend of humor, history, and contemporary commentary on the state of sports from the ultimate fan who has seen it all.

 

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Contents

Who Is This Guy?
1
In the Beginning
9
And Nobody Got Hurt
17
Spanning the World of Baseball
29
My Hero
33
Going Going
43
No Cheering in the Press Box
59
Spanning the World of Baseball Fans
69
Spanning the World of Football
111
Shriekers and Streakers
115
The Magic of Television
125
Juice and Jayson
147
Spanning the World of Basketball
157
Spanning the World of Individual
205
No Interviews No Autographs
223
We Interrupt This Broadcast
235

Spring Has Sprung
73
Yankees Suck
83
On Edge
101
Spanning the Rest of the World
245
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Len Berman is the weekday sports anchor at WNBC New York, and the host of the popular "Spanning the World" segments on NBC's Today show. He has won six local Emmy Awards and has been voted New York Sportscaster of the Year five times by his peers in the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

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