Howard Cosell

Howard Cosell

The Man, the Myth, and the Transformation of American Sports

Book - 2012
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A deeply misunderstood sports legend, once the most hated and loved man in America, gets his due in this absorbing, revelatory biography.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393080179
039308017X
Branch Call Number: 070.4497 COSELL RIBOWSK
Characteristics: xii, 477 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm

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joecarson
Apr 29, 2017

Howard Cosell had a verbal intelligence. He knew how to throw out ten dollar words. Unfortunately, he thought that made him actually know what he was talking about. When teamed up in the football booth with someone who did know what they were talking about, he became jealous and insulting. He was the start of "opinion-based" sports journalism, and many of the ESPN reporters grew up wanting to be him. Eventually, that drove away viewers, and now these Cosell wannabes are being laid off. As bad as he was at football, he was horrible at boxing, which ABC let him broadcast solo. Constant editorialising, or cheerleading for his favorites. Could you imagine him "playing well with others" in an HBO-type three man team? The man was pretty much in awe of the sound of his own voice.

mikeyppl Dec 08, 2011

I grew up listening to Cosell on radio and television. He was one of a kind. You either loved him or hated him usually both at the same time. He was a lone voice when it came to defending Ali and it should always be remembered to his credit. Unfortunately he was a pompous ass and in the end he died a lonely and basically forgotten old man. My only complaint about this book is that the author is a bit too wordy but considering the subject I guess it's appraphoe.

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