Review: Reilly's anthology lends view from back page

Rick Reilly's "Tiger, Meet My Sister . . . and Other Things I Probably Shouldn’t Have Said," published by Penguin Group in 2014.
Rick Reilly's "Tiger, Meet My Sister . . . and Other Things I Probably Shouldn’t Have Said," published by Penguin Group in 2014. ( Penguin Group )

Monday, June 16, 2014

Review: "Tiger, Meet My Sister … and Other Things I Probably Shouldn’t Have Said," by Rick Reilly; Penguin Group, 2014, 368 pages; $27.95

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Anthologies seem like a quaint anachronism. These days all we need are a couple of mouse clicks to find Rick Reilly’s 2009 column trashing Tiger Woods for his on-course behavior, which is not to be confused with Reilly’s 2012 column trashing Woods for showing no interest in his half-brother’s life, or his … Well, you get the drift. It’s going to take a five-alarm blaze in the Sahara for Reilly to warm up to Woods.

No matter where you come down on that subject, there’s other golf fare in this collection of Reilly’s greatest hits since joining ESPN in 2007. (He previously held down the back-page column for Sports Illustrated.) The book also includes his writings on other sports.

Woods aside, Reilly always has favored lesser-known subjects and stories: an amusing piece on people who lie about their handicaps to get into U.S. Open qualifying, or the special relationship between a wealthy corporate executive and a poor Augusta National caddie.

Reilly, the 11-time national sportswriter of the year, recently announced that he was giving up his column, after which he, naturally, wrote a column about the retirement of former colleague Gary Smith. As with Woods, we await Reilly’s comeback.

Editor's note: This story originally appeared in the May 30 issue of Golfweek magazine; click here to subscribe.