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I first read this when I was 17, and it helped me fall in love with William Goldman's writing, his humor, his conversational style. Still nobody better.
Another great surprise of a book I found at the book fair a few months ago and finally got around to reading.This book, by great sportswriter and columnist Mike Lupica, along with script writer and superfan of sports, William Goldman (The Princess Pride, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid)takes the reader on a journey in what was the 1987 calendar year for sports in New York. The Mets and football Giants were coming off championships and most people thought they would repeat. But as the book say...
This is a very detailed and illuminating account of the 1987 year in sports for New York - the Yankees, Mets, Knicks, Nets, Giants and Jets - who all had horrible years. The book is painful and outrageously funny, and covers everything from sports reporting and announcing to the coaches, players, agents, owners, broadcasters and managers, and even has time for a day in the life of Bob Costas. Heck, the book has time for everything - Goldman even goes to a Columbia football game and watches them
After William Goldman died last fall, I decided to finally read Wait Till Next Year, a book he co-wrote will sportswriter Mike Lupica in the late 1980s, about the year 1987 in New York City sports. It alternates between reported chapters by Lupica and "a fan's notes" chapters by Goldman. The book is rightly credited with inspiring a generation of sportswriting that emphasizes subjectivity and the fan's perspective (Deadspin, Bill Simmons, Page 2, etc.) over insider access. The subject matter is
Interesting point-counter point between Goldman and Lupica. The best section of the book is when Goldman is writing that in 10 years (from when the book was written) that people would say that Magic Johnson and Larry Bird couldn't play in today's NBA, which is almost exactly what has happened.
Goldman and Lupica are the best. Different styles, to be sure, but the balance really works here. It doesn't hurt that I was an 11 yo living on Long Island while this book was being written!
Lots of good stories, but too meandering to be substantive.
Good. I bought it after hearing William Goldman interviewed on the BS Report.
Lupica's description of the season dragged on and I lost interest. Goldman's parts were hit or miss, and not enough to keep me reading.
best sports book ever written