Chris Nashawaty
September 10, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

ESPN25

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Charles Hirshberg
publisher
Hyperion
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it a B

It’s arguable that around-the-clock highlights haven’t been a boon for sports (Terrell Owens mugging for the camera in the end zone comes to mind). But this much isn’t even open to debate: No one serves up plays of the day with more joy and smart-ass wit than ESPN. Launched on Sept. 7, 1979, and held together with Scotch tape, chewing gum, and slo-pitch softball, ESPN was hardly as instant success. Yet 25 years later, ESPN25′s breezy collection of bite-size charts, lists, and anecdotes attests, sports geeks can’t imagine a world without SportsCenter’s savant anchors uncorking catchphrases like ”en fuego” and ”as cool as the other side of the pillow.”

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