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Hey welcome back to -- and friends and you know at a time in which every was talking about -- clips and people are talking about.
We need some good news disappointing elections -- the elections -- Partisan -- bickering it's time to look at the year.
That we just had in the world of sports.
And it's also time to look at some great moments in the world of sports and I'd argue one of the greatest sports cancers of this generation is in studio right now.
Len Berman he's an Emmy award winning sports -- New York Times best sellers got this great book out and I love it.
It's not the only reason I used to that the Curious George books and had the -- in the back I especially like your book -- because you have a dvd here on the -- and this is called the greatest moments in sports upsets and underdogs welcome to the studio.
Thank you Tom I'm Julia had -- -- and I can't believe we're talking I'm happy to talk about sports and has been such a heavy news load on all of us you previous -- who you're talking about.
Guns and everything and now I'm just I'm -- to talk about some sports items first off just a quick thing about you -- united here -- -- well as you know that.
But just hearing it you know hearing was this because.
A lot of times previous guess I don't think -- Len -- right here it should be the head blown perfect and they go oh wow this is really just a major radio studio and now take you a lot more sense this is great era so let's first off.
Everyone knows here and national broadcast national sportscaster New York legend had -- -- -- You know a really began when I just walked into the radio station answer -- university as a freshman.
First like a high school teacher who suggest that I had a good voice and I never from phone that never in a million years I grew up as a kid New York -- a you know in Queens as a Yankee fan -- like Mickey Mantle -- never thought I could be a broadcaster.
And I went to the college radio station I was majoring in engineering.
And I -- that I said I'd like to be a disc jockey and the radio station people's -- -- wants to play records.
Wanna read the scores on Saturday night.
Which was not a problem because I have no plans on Saturday night and -- but I in the like to do the sports I mean essentially.
Because I thought -- had to be a former football player when I was growing up like guys who did the sports news on the New York TV stations -- former giants.
Frank Gifford Pat Summerall and Kyle -- And I thought you had to be a former athlete to be sportscaster.
So when -- that I can read the scores and I can do that I also full.
You have to be an expert in sports.
And that was you know -- -- who won here.
Thank you very much doubt and I want you to present company excludes you -- To have the passion for it I mean that did that how you can recount what happened in -- used in the games in the details.
You can't pick that up on the fly you have had to live did in that fashion forward correct.
Certain offense and allow there are many many sports there's and I can name many of them have liked.
And photograph the mines in the comes to sports.
I just remember some of the events I was at.
And what happened over the years with my sports casting as I kept working on on newscasts.
Where they told us of the people watching were in sports fans.
So base that is that is as solid so it doesn't make sense I mean here I am doing sports with -- sports impaired -- -- the -- we'll watch in the evening newscast.
You know are tuning in for the weather.
Warren occasionally news on NBC affiliate back in the -- there were tuning in early because they're waiting for Johnny apparently rejected.
-- so why then develop that an idea of doing sports that could bring everyone in.
That you wouldn't alienate -- the sports fan and a non sports fan it was really a very simple technique I didn't use cliches.
Because -- -- and believe in them and -- And I would -- my mom -- still with us thank goodness well in the ninety's would watch every broadcast.
So I would start a sentence I wouldn't start a sentence by saying.
I know we start the science giants coach Tom Coughlin.
And that way you subtly bring in the non sports fan as well as the sportsman to understand we've talked.
And you're seamless transitions and somebody when people used to say if you wanna watch his -- kissing get it done the most done quickly and clearly it's always been Len -- But in your book in particular you point out some of the things that stand out and I -- to get -- that -- brought the dvd.
But I'm wondering can I get your formula of upsets and underdogs for this past year.
Over the past year it's it's kind of an eclectic year.
I'm gonna tell you some strange things you say -- but I mean.
First of all the fact that women got into the masters golf club in Augusta I mean that that's and that's an asset that is -- he's upset adoption.
The fact that might then Tony got the lakers -- not -- Jack's.
And Leo but I'll stop you -- that in your first one that you pointed out which -- really great memory I had forgotten that here is.
Here is Martha -- commenting on Philippines decision to do that.
At Augusta -- listen.
I don't think Billy Payne get any kudos -- your life -- He's been head of the club for seven or eight years now.
And if you are going to be all that brave in the ground breaker he would've done it when he took over the club I think he made this deal.
With the club that he would -- the no girls allowed policy in place.
But what happens when Virginia romantic -- IBM continued pressure from -- yen from one of the group.
Particularly after she wouldn't -- to vote by the club and her own company.
And they just couldn't defend any longer.
That's -- story one of the people name Condoleezza Rice -- she's probably right.
But it's at the fact that happened is remarkable now of course a hundred years and now there may still be two women members not -- -- -- it's true but.
But it's a weird here I mean another upset -- -- to me which I don't think about it was the first time in the history of the Olympics.
That an American man did not win a medal of any color in boxing.
And you think of the great Olympic boxers -- -- the -- to performances.
And Sugar Ray Leonard in the names go on and on not one American male.
-- the last month picks won a medal of any coloring box and as I mean that's an -- But that is it that is huge upset by the way -- Yeah -- -- fox is gonna turn around this country and we Enrico who regret this country it's going to be at the minor league level which I believe is the ball because they have the Olympics.
-- may not happen them boxing open years ago.
Now a hundred years ago there were three sports Americans baseball horse racing and boxing.
And really only one has really survived to capture the imagination on and on and on the big basis is distasteful.
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