Having been a fan of Minnesota professional sports for roughly two decades, sports journalist Mark Rosen has often been seen on my television, heard on my radio dial, or observed reporting from live events, bringing me the "jist" of the action. I have always been impressed by his balance of professionalism and "giddyness" (he is covering sports, after all!) while plying his trade. "Best Seat In The House" is a solid grouping of recollections that confirms what I had always thought about Mr. Rosen: he's just a guy like you or me who worked hard and (through a combination of luck, skill, and persistence) ended up with his "dream job". The book does a very nice job of taking readers "along for the ride" on the journey (so far) that is Rosen's life.
Obviously, this book is meant primarily for Minnesota sports fans, as that has been Rosen's niche for the past few decades. Stories abound regarding the Twins, Vikings, Wild, Timberwolves, Gophers, and other local sporting pastimes. Entire chapters are devoted to the topics of the "Miracle on Ice" U.S. Olympic hockey team (which Rosen covered live from Lake Placid), Bud Grant, & Harmon Killebrew. Clearly, this book has a "Minnesotan flavor" through and through.
However, "Best Seat" can also be useful to the budding journalism who wants to know what he/she will be expecting in that field. While it is fairly obvious that Rosen has a passion for what he does, he also pulls very few punches when it comes to describing the life of a journalist. The profession is most definitely not for everyone (as significant sacrifices must be made in regards to family, privacy, and time spent "on the job"), and thankfully Rosen does not sugarcoat this face.
Overall, "Best Seat In The House" is an interesting look at the professional career of a MN sports media icon. There is no groundbreaking material here, but rather a solid tome that any MN sports fan or journalist-in-the-making can take at least something positive away from.