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Always by My Side: A Father's Grace and a Sports Journey Unlike Any Other

Nantz, Jim, and Spielman, Eli

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ISBN 10: 1592403611 / ISBN 13: 9781592403615
Published by Gotham Books, New York, 2008
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ix, [3], 273, [1] p. Illustrations. Foreword by President George H. W. Bush. One of America's most visible sports commentators relives some of the most dramatic moments in sports and pays tribute to his beloved father, the man who inspired him to pursue his broadcasting dream. From WIkipedia: "James William Nantz, III (born May 17, 1959) is an American sportscaster, known primarily for his work with CBS Sports television. Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Nantz grew up in Colts Neck, New Jersey and attended Marlboro High School. In high school, he was co-captain of the basketball team and co-captain and number one player on the golf team. He was a member of Bamm Hollow Country Club. Nantz then went to the University of Houston in Texas, where he majored in broadcasting and played briefly on the Houston Cougars men's golf team, rooming with future professional golfers Fred Couples and Blaine McCallister. [edit] Before CBS SportsNantz worked as an anchor and sportscaster for KSL TV in Salt Lake City. Nantz joined CBS in 1985, initially working as a studio host for the network's college football and basketball coverage, and as an on-course reporter for PGA Tour golf, as well as calling NFL games on Westwood One. Nantz has anchored CBS' coverage of the Masters tournament since 1989. He has teamed with Billy Packer to call the NCAA Final Four men's basketball finals continuously since 1991. Since the 2008-09 season, Clark Kellogg has been his analyst. After hosting CBS's pre-game program The NFL Today from 1998-2003, he became The NFL on CBS's top play-by-play announcer in 2004. That move sent Greg Gumbel to the studio, and Nantz to the stadium booth with Phil Simms. On February 4, 2007, Nantz called the play-by-play of Super Bowl XLI. He joins Curt Gowdy and Dick Enberg as the only play-by-play announcers to ever call both a Super Bowl and an NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Game. (Greg Gumbel called CBS' previous Super Bowl, Super Bowl XXXVIII. ) Nantz is also one of two men to host a Super Bowl, announce an NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game, and host coverage of the Masters from Butler Cabin with Brent Musburger being the other. Musburger also accomplished all three feats with CBS. Nantz has appeared on episodes of The Price Is Right to present a Showcase prize that involves CBS Sports properties, one to with the 2009 Final Four in Detroit and another in 2010 for Super Bowl XLIV (with Phil Simms), as part of changes to the long-time game show to use product placement models and CBS crossovers, including sports packages. Nantz appeared as himself in the 1996 film Tin Cup, and has appeared in episodes of several television series including Arliss, Yes, Dear, Criminal Minds, and How I Met Your Mother (season 5, episode 14). He portrayed the announcer for the fictional baseball team in the short-lived series Clubhouse, and his voice can be heard in the 1998 film Scrapple. Since 2009, Nantz has guest commentated on the final round of The Open Championship for the BBC. Nantz teamed with Gary McCord to provide extensive commentary in the 1990s PC golf game Jack Nicklaus 6-Golden Bear Challenge, and his commentary is featured in the Golden Tee golf arcade game series. Starting in 2012, Nantz, along with Phil Simms, will provide commentary for the Madden NFL series. Very good in very good dust jacket. Signed by author. Inscription signed by Eli. DJ front flap creased. Bookseller Inventory # 66570

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Title: Always by My Side: A Father's Grace and a ...

Publisher: Gotham Books, New York

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First printing [stated].

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A top commentator describes his career as a reflection of some of America's most memorable sports events while paying tribute to the broadcast industry's forefront contributors, in an account that also commemorates the inspiring life of his Alzheimer's patient father.

About the Author:

Jim Nantz is the signature face and voice of CBS Sports, who has covered nearly every one of the networkÂ’s sporting events since 1985.

Eli Spielman, Emmy Award–winning senior studio writer at CBS Sports, has been collaborating with Jim Nantz for more than twenty years.

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