Hello, Loyal Readers!
AS Mark Twain would say, “Rumors of my death have been exaggerated.” But two books in one year will do that. The first of them, Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope, which is John Saunders’ memoir of facing abuse, drugs, concussions, and depression, comes out Tuesday, and can be pre-ordered on amazon. We’re already getting great reviews from Sports Illustrated, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, and amazon.com. Another is coming from the Washington Post, which doesn’t write many reviews these days.
Meantime, John’s widow Wanda and his brother Bernie will be on Good Morning America Tuesday morning, and I’ll be on NPR’s “Here & Now” with Wanda on Tuesday afternoon. Then I’ll do five shows with ESPN on Thursday, including “Mike & Mike” at 7:30 a.m., SportsCenter at 11:30, 2:15, and 7:00, and on the radio, “The Right Time with Bomani,” at 3 p.m. But there will be no quiz — honest!
Finally, I’ll be doing an in-store event at Literati in Ann Arbor on September 14 to talk about the book. Hope to see you there!
“A story that merits both sympathy and attention.”―Kirkus Reviews
“An inspiring call to action about mental illness.”
“For sports fans and anyone who has struggled with depression.”
An Amazon Best Book of August 2017: “For three decades beginning in 1986, John Saunders was a mainstay at ESPN, a jack-of-all-trades providing of thoughtful play-by-play, analysis, and commentary across a wide range of sports including basketball, football, and hockey, as well as anchoring the network’s flagship program, SportsCenter. For many, Saunders would appear to be leading an ideal existence – a happy family combined with a career that also happened to align with his passions – but off-camera, he was harboring a secret: debilitating depression that threatened everything he held dear, including his life. In this autobiography (written with John U. Bacon), Saunders lays bare his struggles, and the story is as harrowing as it is inspirational, a journey through our darkest pathways where the only way out is through. Made all the more profound by his unexpected death in 2016, Playing Hurt is a testament to human will, generosity, and the triumph of optimism.”