David gave me this book at Christmastime. Actually, that is only true if you consider the week after Christmas to be “Christmastime.” He bought it when he was returning a book I bought for him, which I gave him actually on the day called Christmas, along with the stocking stuffers I bought for him. I still think he should have kept that book. Oh well.
When he gave me this book during the week after Christmas, I ungratefully said, “oh, come on. You bought this for yourself.” He weakly replied, “No, honey, I started reading a bit in the store, and I think you’ll really like it.” I appreciatively rolled my eyes.
Two nights later, I was laying in bed reading and the bed was shaking because I was laughing so hard. David was reading his other book that he bought instead of the book I bought him that he should have kept, and feeling quietly justified in buying this book for me.
To sum up: Kenny Mayne is funny.
The book has illustrations drawn by his daughters, who have some understanding of sports, but not a lot.
He includes sad and thoughtful chapters about the death of his twin sons and people he grew up with. This is a side of Kenny Mayne that I did not know existed.
But mostly it’s really, really funny.
If you’re not a sports fan, you may know Kenny Mayne from his ill-fated performance on “Dancing With the Stars.” He recounts that experience in detail, including the following tidbit:
The night before our dance I attended maybe the greatest game in the history of college tackle football. Texas beat USC on a last-minute touchdown by Vince Young. [Kelly’s commentary: yes, that was the greatest game in college tackle football.] I saw that part on TV. I was sitting fifty-yard line for the greatest game anyone can remember but only for the first half. I felt I needed to beat the traffic, get to my hotel, and be rested for my big dance performance.
This was the worst decision in the history of sports.
So if you’re a sports fan, you should buy this book and read it. If you’re not a sports fan but appreciate humorous writing, you should also read this book. If you’re neither, you could read it and appreciate the hand-drawn pictures of flowers.