Raving about this ranting sportscaster

Book Review

April 18, 2006|By MARY BETH KOZAK | MARY BETH KOZAK,SUN REPORTER

Why My Wife Thinks I'm an Idiot: The Life and Times of a Sportscaster Dad

Mike Greenberg

Villard Books/219 pages

Having been a fan of Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio, I was immediately intrigued by Mike Greenberg's Why My Wife Thinks I'm an Idiot.

Greenberg, or "Greeny" as he is often referred to on his talk show, offers witty and clever tales about his attempt to juggle his love and passion for his job and sports with his growing responsibilities as a husband and father.

The book is composed of a series of journal entries that Greenberg wrote on the advice of his therapist. He takes the reader through his struggles during his wife's first pregnancy, the angst of becoming a father and how he tried to incorporate sports into those experiences.

One of the funniest segments is an argument with his wife over watching a football game with his 3-year-old nephew, Edgar. His wife wouldn't allow it because the toddler was limited to an hour of television per day. Greenberg argues that it shouldn't apply to sports because no one can watch just one hour of a football game.

He writes: "There was no way to win this argument. There is no way to explain how watching sports is different from watching regular TV. You either get it or you don't. She didn't. Edgar and I watched the first quarter of the football game and that was it."

As he does on his radio show, Greenberg goes on rants. He rants about his aunt who has a gambling problem (she even gambled on whether his marriage would last), grocery stores and the people in them, Halloween and steroids.

"The guys who do steroids, I do not forgive," he writes. "Them, I do not give a second chance. They are dead to me, and always will be, no matter how earnestly they might seek my compassion."

Greenberg offers plenty of laughs and insight. His stories are relatable (even though he jokes that pregnancy is harder on the husband). He doesn't know how to change a tire, but he does know you cannot mix polka dots and stripes. I was entertained by his behind-the-scene accounts with athletes he has interviewed. Greenberg also lists athletes he admires, including Michael Jordan, Bo Jackson and even Anna Kournikova.

Greenberg sums up his book himself, writing, "Sometimes you don't put the really important things first. I should know; I talk about sports for a living."

marybeth.kozak@baltsun.com

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