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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (Nov. 5 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1443429473
  • ISBN-13: 978-1443429474
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brad on Nov. 8 2013
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I am a huge sports fan who grew to love catching my highlights from Jay Onrait and his partner in crime Don O'toole.
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
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I will confess i am a sports junkie, I watch SportsCentre every day, I check my SportsNet app at least 5 times a day, especially during trade season, and I watch more sports then I do regular television. So it should be no surprise that I grew up watching Jay and Dan nightly on SportsCentre. So when they left to go to FoxSports I knew my sports highlight show would not be the same, and I was right. It is definitely not the same, but at least I still have their podcast right?

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.
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I noticed that Anchorboy only had one lonely review on and as a fellow writer and Canadian, I decided to throw him a bone. Let me start by saying that this book has NONE of the things I normally enjoy in a book (suspense, angst, romance and loads of steamy sex scenes - so if you are looking for those things, Anchorboy is not for you). Mr. Onrait does discuss "pulling cable" but it really isn't as sexy as it sounds.
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).
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By Robb C. on March 6 2014
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The book chronicle’s Jay’s start in television and follows his career right through to his departure from TSN with Dan O’Toole as the two headed south to work for FOX Sports 1, which our local cable provider, sadly, doesn’t carry.

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.
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