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Fans of Rick Reilly, popular ESPN contributor and New York Times-bestselling author have something to look forward to. Reilly recently announced his plans to retire from writing the ESPN column but he has a new book TIGER, MEET MY SISTER And Other Things I Probably Shouldn’t Have Said (Blue Rider Press, on sale starting today). In the words of, he is “the closest thing sportswriting ever had to a rock star.” In fact, he will be inducted into the Sportswriting Hall of Fame on June 9. More than seventy-five of Reilly’s recent columns are included in the book. This collection spans the broad range of Reilly’s writing, and encompasses the complete experience of sportswriting as a whole: celebrity athletes, small-town sports teams, uplifting tales of redemption and laughable head-shaking moments. In TIGER, MEET MY SISTER, Rick Reilly’s uncanny ability to find and tell a lasting sports story – and a good joke –forms a unique impression of modern day professional athletics and sports journalism. 

In the self-authored obituary found in the foreword of this book, he notes about himself, “Reilly was a very odd sports writer in that he didn’t really write about sports. He wrote more about people who play sports.” Throughout TIGER, MEET MY SISTER, Reilly proves this to be true. He searches relentlessly for the human moments in athletic achievement: weaknesses and strengths of character; lapses in judgment and moments of humor; kindnesses and selfishness and good times. This collection of columns gives voice to the wide range of experiences, large and small, public and private, that occur around the world of sports—accompanied by Reilly’s signature wit.  

A foreword to the book and new postscripts to each column provide commentary from the author on his experiences in sportswriting and the outcomes of columns and subject. 

New Material: Reilly has annotated this collection, reflecting on responses and reactions to his published columns over the past few years. Some of his subjects have gone on to great success or notable public failure since the pieces were published; others have sadly passed away; and some continue on, like Hal McCoy, the legally blind baseball beat reporter in Ohio who continues to report on Cincinnati Reds despite his inability to see fastballs or line drives

Big People Acting Small: There are some sports stars who work hard, earn fans’ respect, and embrace their roles as public figures responsibly. And then, as Reilly points out, there are the rest of them.

· “Tiger Woods has outgrown those Urkel glasses he had as a kid. Outgrown the crazy hair. Outgrown a body that was mostly neck. When will he outgrow his temper?” Written prior to the infamous scandal that broke up his marriage and chipped away at his career, Woods Needs to Clean up His Act (p 27) is an insightful column about Tiger Woods’s misbehavior on the green; a fascinating look at someone at the top of his game, caught “slamming his club, throwing his club and cursing his club. In front of a worldwide audience.”

· “Off the record. On the record. Every kind of record. In Colorado. In Texas. In France. On team buses. In cars. On cell phones.” In his column It’s All About the Lies (p 11), Reilly shares his personal frustration with Lance Armstrong, with whom Reilly spent many hours, and the disappointment which accompanied the ultimate reveal of his steroid use.

· “Now here he was, in Springfield without a filter or a PR guy to cut him off, while his staff must’ve been covering their eyes. And suddenly, it hits you: Michael Jordan is the guy who gets up at the rehearsal dinner, grabs the mike, and ruins the night.” Be Like Mike? No Thanks (p 15), Reilly’s column about Michael Jordan’s ungrateful speech at his Basketball Hall of Fame induction, chronicles the star athlete’s “unbecoming” behavior throughout his career.

Small People Acting Big

·  “How about a little good news?” Reilly asks at the start of Special Team (p 61), his heartwarming column about an all-star high school quarterback who befriends a special needs student after finding out she’s being bullied.

· “The team playing Yankees ace A.J. Burnett a few weeks back at Yankee Stadium has to go down as the oddest in baseball history. For one thing, it only plays at night. The players have no choice. Even one minute of sunshine can kill them.” Camp Sundown Shines in the Bronx (p 69) tells the unbelievable story of children suffering from XP (xeroderma pigmentosum) who had the opportunity to play at Yankee Stadium one night. “Feel sorry for them if you want,” Reilly notes after chronicling the surgeries undergone by the campers, “but they have one thing most kids will never have: For one night, the Yankee’s field was theirs.”

Columns That Got Reilly in Hot Water

· A Call Kaepernick Should Make (p 133), about Colin Kaepernick’s non-relationship with his birth mother.

· Have the People Spoken? (p 137), Reilly’s take on the Washington Redskins team name controversy.

· Jimmer Grows Dimmer and Nobody’s Perfect (p 145), about the NBA player Jimmer Fredette’s career arc and the $5,000 Reilly had riding on him to fail.


· I Needed to Know: Could Obama Pick a Fantasy Team? So I Asked Him (p 269)

· Before Jason Collins (p 293), about gay NBA player Glenn Burke.

· The Caddie and His Boss (p 338), a friendship between a multimillionaire golfer and his caddie.

· Talking Football with Archie, Peyton, Eli (p 111)

· 693 Reasons It’s Tough to Get an Ace (p 122), in which Reilly plays a par 3 course round and round until he makes one.

Looking for a few good laughs, then Reilly has the antidote. TIGER MEET MY SISTER And Other Things I Probably Shouldn’t Have Said is available ($27.95) starting today through, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, Indie Bound, Powell’s and Walmart and more. To learn more click here