“Tiger meet my sister … and other things I probably shouldn’t have said” by Rick Reilly (Blue Rider Press, 342 pages, in stores)
“Tiger, meet my sister … ,” a collection of the longtime sportswriter’s ESPN columns, showcases the best and worst of Rick Reilly.
Reilly has long excelled at human-interest pieces. When he tells the story of blind sportswriter Hal McCoy or a bullied teenager, he makes readers see and care about them in a way that few can.
But when he writes about going out on the shortest golf course available and spending days trying to make his first hole-in-one, it feels like he just ran out of ideas.
It’s hard to accuse a man who ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, of not putting in the necessary effort. His first-person account of that ordeal certainly meets any sort of criteria for a column — it’s exciting, compelling and not something you read every day.
But Reilly also spends plenty of time handing out unsolicited advice and making bad jokes.
The book’s title comes from one of those jokes. For the uninitiated, it’s a reference to golfer Tiger Woods’, um, love of women. The line comes from a gag in the book about “sentences no one’s ever uttered.” Tiger jokes went out of vogue several years ago for most of America, and the reference just feels dated.
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