The Babe in Boyland

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Fasten your seat belts you're in for a bumpy ride filled with the brutal and ugly people who populate sports in the 1990s!

She's bold, brash and always looking for a tussle. She's not afraid to put George Steinbrenner on hold, and she will hang up on anyone, anytime, if they don't have anything interesting to say. Dubbed "the hottest new voice in the airstream" by Newsweek, she's taken sports radioby storm as the most entertaining, audacious and the only female sports talk-show personality in the business. She's the Fabulous Sports Babe, and if you're not already a Babe-aholic, you will be after reading The Babe in Boyland, an account of her riotous journey into the jungle of modern sports.

Nanci Donnellan, known to her legion of fans as the Fabulous Sports Babe, has been shocking and delighting sports fans for two years with her hilarious, informative, top-rated nationally syndicated sports talk show on ESPN Radio, and her TV show on ESPN2. Known for her on-air crankiness and razor-sharp insights, the Babe and her program have rocketed to success in the highly competitive and macho world of sports broadcasting, where she's the only personality to shout, "Get a job, get a haircut, get a life!" to the thousands of devoted yet annoying fans who clog her phone lines every day.

Now, in The Babe in Boyland, the Babe lets loose an uncensored blast of fresh insights and outrage in a book that is equal parts memoir, expos, and diatribe against the greedy owners, players and agents who control the world of sports. No one is safe from the always provocative Babe: golfer Greg Norman is a "golfing weasel and PR scam-meister"; O.J. Simpson a "lying, murdering bastard"; and Don Fehr, head of the baseball union, is a "disgusting sleazebag and despicable human being."

When the Babe isn't ripping into the idiots who own and play professional sports, she's providing a guided tour through her beloved airwaves, with behind-the-scenes peeks at life on The Fabulous Sports Babe Show and inspirational stories about how she kicked and clawed her way through the boys' club of sports radio from stations in Tampa and Seattle to ESPN. And what a wild ride it's been: See the Babe deftly skewer over a quarter of a million "goobers," "rich boys" and "bubbas" who call her program each month. Sympathize with her sidekick and slave, Sportsboy, who she keeps chained to the radiator and abuses mercilessly on-air. Meet Lenny the Phone Freak, the world's most outrageous call-screener. Hear how Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott's dead dog, Schottzie, helped get the Babe's assistant pregnant. Rejoice in the Babe's winning the battle against the "tree-hugging granola heads" in Seattle who like their coffee strong but not their talk-show hosts. And read what happens when the biggest names in sports, from Mike Tyson to Pete Rose to Faye Vincent, show up on-air to debate, discuss and defend themselves. Fresh, funny and wildly entertaining, The Babe in Boyland is a fascinating book by an inspiring sports personality, a tough, outrageous woman who's not afraid to yell a hearty, "Blow me!" to the phonies and jerks of the sports world.

In 1988, a gorgeous young radio personality asked her listeners if they wanted to "spend the day in bed with a fabulous babe." The rest is history. Eight years and millions of fans later, The Fabulous Sports Babe has the No.1 syndicated sports talk show in the country on ESPN Radio.

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