Anchorboy Paperback – Nov 5 2013
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"Jay Onrait has finally found a medium in which he stands a chance to succeed. Stick with the books, kid! Television is just not your thing. And get rid of the other guy immediately." — Regis Philbin
"I'm not going to be one of those people who say something mean about Jay Onrait just for a cheap laugh and a chance to get on his book cover. Besides, who the hell is Jay Onrait?" - Peter Mansbridge
"When I first met Jay Onrait, he was essentially an intern at TSN. I would berate him daily and make him do silly dog tricks to humiliate him in front of the staff. But if that is in this book, I will sue his ass." - James Duthie
"There are only a few people who can carry off a Superman unitard in public and Jay Onrait isn't one of them. As I watched security haul him away at the London Olympics, I said to myself: 'Hello, book blurb!'" — Lisa LaFlamme
"Seriously, a book by Jay Onrait is not to be taken seriously. Except by Jay Onrait, who was driven by the need to work on his spelling." — Dave Hodge
"I can't remember if we've ever met or if I've even heard Jay Onrait speak, but I do know that a book from him at this stage must mean he's set to retire... so it can't be all bad, right?" — George Stroumboulopoulos
About the Author
JAY ONRAIT has been connecting with Canadian television viewers for the past 15 years on outlets such as Winnipeg’s The Big Breakfast, The NHL Network’s On The Fly, CTV’s Olympic Morning, MuchMore’s The Week That Was, and TSN’s Sportscentre—after his failed childhood attempt at becoming an NHL star (note: he never had a shot). Jay won the 2011 Gemini for Best Sportscaster and now, along with Dan O’Toole, is a host for FoxSports1.
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Top Customer Reviews
Unfortunately Mr. Onrait has moved on to bigger and other things, but this book allows readers to look back on some of the more memorable moments in Jay's career.
I miss his dearly every morning, but I am proud of all Canadians who out grow our borders and move on to show their greatness to the rest of the World.
This book is a great read, from Dan O'toole preamble all the way till the last page, any sports fan would love to get this book in their stocking. A great read for anyone aged 13-169.
What good Canadian boy doesn't dream of one day sitting behing the Sports Centre desk, get an inside look on what life is really like.
Great book, great read, good ol' Canadian boy. I eagerly await Dan O'toole's book about growing up on a farm in Peterborough and attending a one class room school.
I give this book 5 "Matt Dunigan WHOOOOOA's" out of 5
When I saw that Jay was putting out an autobiography i knew i had to read it, and for may reasons. I knew he would have secrets and behind the scenes action from TSN, but I also knew that there would be some hilarious stories that would be told. But what I did not expect was how serious this book was in its undertone. Not only did he tell us funny stories about his life before and during being a sportscaster, but he also went into what frustrated him the most about working for TSN, and how hard it was.
I loved how candid he was about the reasons he left Canada to go to LA. Although Jay and Dan joke a lot, they were not happy here, and from reading the book I am not surprised that they left. I would have too. But I am happy that they are still as hilarious and spontaneous when it comes to delivering sports news.
This book took my by surprise because it made me see very different side if Jay, and I thank him for that. I loved reading about his childhood and hard it was for him to accomplish what he has. It took a lot of determination and effort for him to be where he is today. And I seriously respect him for that. This book is for all lovers of sports and for anyone who loved watching Jay and Dan on SportsCentre at 10pm weeknights.
I bought the for my husband for Christmas since he has been a huge fan of Mr. Onrait and his partner, Mr. O'Toole, for several years. I grew accustomed to their antics and mildly amusing sports-casting prior to abandoning their Canadian fan base to go work at Fox Sports. Theirs was the ONLY sports show that I watched, which is to say I didn't mute the volume when my husband would leave the room (if you knew me, you would know that this is seriously high praise coming from me).
Anyway, I decided to read the cover, being somewhat curious. Not long ago I saw Mr. Onrait dozing peacefully by a pool at a condo complex in Maui (I was pleased to see his lovely wife was also sleeping, so she was spared the sight of her beloved with his mouth gaping open and the little line of drool forming on his bottom lip).
Reading the cover led me to read the front inside jacket which caused me to read the horrible, horrible foreword and so on, until within a few hours, I was finished. It made me laugh - at some points loud enough to make a rather unattractive snorting sound - a sound that men only call 'cute' when they want to sleep with you. (My husband knows I'm a sure thing, so he doesn't have to pretend on that one anymore).Read more ›
Being a fan of Jay and Dan’s for the past decade or so on TSN I had a keen interest in reading Jay’s book when I first heard of its publishing. Overall, I wasn’t disappointed with the read. Some of the stories I already knew from watching SportsCentre while others were new to me. It was pretty entertaining which helped me burn through it rather quickly (only a few days).
It was a consistent from start to end with no real lulls but no really amazing spots. Not the best book I’ve ever read but certainly not the worst by any stretch of the imagination. If you’re Canadian, or like sports, or watch/ed Jay and Dan then you should give it a read.
Most recent customer reviews
An easy read! Quite an accomplishment from such a young boy from Boyle,Alberta at Fox Sports. Just goes to show that dreams can become a reality with a vision and hard work,Published 25 days ago by Doug Lehman
Some spots are pretty funny…. most are completely devoid of substance.Published 3 months ago by Vintage Kerry
Good book, easy to get through. Some absolutely laugh out loud stories. I still miss jay and Dan on TSN so I may be biad. Haha.Published 3 months ago by Lindsay
For those who enjoy the Jay and Dan podcast, this is an extension of that. It's hard to make one laugh out loud through the written word, but Onrit does this...constantly.Published 4 months ago by G.N.
Hilarious! If you're a fan of the pod, this is like behind the scenes info for a lot of the stories you've already heard. Lots of new stories too! Can't wait for the second!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bought it for my husband for Christmas....and he loved it. He's not a big reader....but he had this book open all the time....laughing all the way.Published 8 months ago by Colleen McGurry