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Why My Wife Thinks I'm an Idiot: The Life…

Why My Wife Thinks I'm an Idiot: The Life and Times of a Sportscaster Dad

by Mike Greenberg

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The title pretty much says it all. Humerous at times but predictable. ( )
  Koren56 | Feb 4, 2016 |
While I was a XM subscriber, I used to listen to Mike & Mike in the morning on a daily basis. I always enjoyed the show and have been envious of Mike Greenberg, as he is a non-athlete who still earns his living in the wide world of sports. Greeny is a witty character who has a unique conversational writing style. It was interesting reading some of the true life situations that he got himself into and out of.

If you are a Mike & Mike fan, or a sports fan in general (especially if you have kids) you will enjoy this quick read. ( )
  Ti99er | Sep 29, 2009 |
Why My Wife Thinks I'm an Idiot is not going to radically refigure the way you think about literature. It may not even radically refigure the way you think about family, sports, life, death, or metrosexual sportscasters. But it has no problem knowing what it is: a journal of Mike Greenberg's tumultuous mind as his life enters a phase or drastic changes. And it's a journal that is as funny, charming, sweet, and affecting as you'd expect.

The three parts of the book cover the three periods in Greenberg's life in which he, by psychiatrist's recommendation, kept a personal journal. In it, he shares his feelings of weakness and inconstancy, his inability to deal with his feelings about impending fatherhood, and the humorous episodes that dot his personal and professional life. If it feels a bit less like a confessional and more like material, it kind of is -- in fact, he gets called out on that late in the book -- but it manages nevertheless to feel authentic from start to finish.

Greenberg's tone is what drives the book from the word go. If you've listened to him on Mike and Mike in the Morning, you know he has a penchant for intelligent discussion, insightful analysis, and self-deprecating humor, all of which is on full display herein. He has no problem discussing extremely personal tales at his own expense, and is unapologetic about both the extravagances of his celebrity and the more down-to-earth realities of his daily life.

The details of the stories too keep things progressing at a brisk pace. In addition to a comfortable, relatable voice, Greenberg benefits from an organizational scheme that varies moments of humor with ones more infused with pathos. It's a testament to Greenberg's skill with the pen that we feel the poignancy of talking sports at a wake with a man whose daughter has recently died in a car accident, but that we also laugh aloud during moments of surprisingly graphic depictions of the, ahem, "dirtier" side of raising young kids. He manages to hit all the right notes because of his lack of pretense, and it's both refreshing and inspiring.

In the end, the book, though clearly geared towards the male set, transcends the typical conventions of the "sports book for guys" genre and manages to be an interesting and enjoyable read that actually means something. We may not feel we've grown as readers as much as Greenberg clearly grew as both an author and a man, but we feel hopeful that if a guy like him -- a guy like you and me -- can do it, so can we. And that's never a bad feeling to have after closing a book.
  dczapka | Apr 9, 2009 |
Uneven but a good attempt for a first time author. The stories about his aunt are priceless. ( )
  seki | Nov 3, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0812974808, Paperback)

Meet Mike Greenberg, the popular host of ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike in the Morning, the highest-rated drive-time sports talk show on the dial. To his three-million-plus listeners, Greeny is the guy who’s equally as comfortable dissecting zone defenses as he is discussing cashmere sweaters. He’s been to Super Bowls and World Series, All-Star Games and Final Fours. He’s interviewed Michael Jordan, Joe Montana, and Wayne Gretzky. He gets paid to enthuse about sports, which means he’s the envy of most men in America.
This is the hilarious, sometimes touching, and endlessly entertaining debut of one of America’s fastest-rising sportscasters, a wry and revealing look at one man’s good-hearted but mistake-prone attempt to grow up before his children do. Marriage, fatherhood, manhood, fame, athletes, crazed aunts with gambling problems, the true significance of sports, the worst possible thing to say in a room full of pregnant women–no topic is beyond his reach. But don’t take our word on it, read what Greeny has to say about:
• Dating: “People who reminisce fondly about dating are blocking out all the disasters and focusing only on the few great nights. If that is all you choose to remember, fine. But be aware that no experience is without good moments. I’m sure during the sacking of Rome there were a few decent nights; maybe they put on a play.”
• Life on the road:
“Wife + television = no sleep.”
“No wife + no television = no sleep.”
“Wife + no television = sleep.”
“No wife + television = porn.”
• Keeping things in perspective: “Never assume you know more than the guy in the camouflage tux.”
• And, of course, marriage: “All of us are married to women who think we’re idiots.”
Whether he’s talking trash on the radio or talking dirty diapers over a fancy dinner, Greeny’s determined to reconcile two halves of a whole. So if your enthusiasm has ever been curbed, or you’re feeling remote without the remote, or you’re just wondering what exactly goes on in a guy’s brain, Why My Wife Thinks I’m an Idiot will be a source of comfort and unadulterated laughter.

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A humorous collection of journal entries recounts the everyday adventures and misadventures of one of America' most popular sportscasters, sharing his thoughts on such topics as marriage, fatherhood, manhood, and the significance of sports.

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