ESPN25 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… ESPN25 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… 2004-09-07 Nonfiction Hyperion
Book Review

ESPN25 (2004)

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B

Details Release Date: Sep 07, 2004; Writer: Charles Hirshberg; Genre: Nonfiction; Publisher: Hyperion

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.''

Originally posted Sep 10, 2004 Published in issue #782-783 Sep 10, 2004 Order article reprints