Best Seat in the House: Mark Rosen's Sports Moments and Minnesota Memories Hardcover – Apr 20 2012
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“The book reads like a highlight film of the athletes and events that have defined Minnesota sports for the better part of a lifetime.” - Minneapolis Star-Tribune
"Rosen's voice in "Best Seat in the House" is much like his voice on television: genuine, credible and as much a sports fan as he was when he was a kid." - St. Paul Pioneer-Press
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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.
First, it's way too repetitive. ("As I mentioned earlier".. "in an earlier chapter,".. "I know I'm repeating myself again.") And I simply lost count the number of times Rosen says he's been at 'CCO for over 40 years. Once or twice is enough. The book is about 100 pages too long.
Second, the book is poorly edited. He "get" the sweats.. A question ends in a period. Tenses don't match up. It was a struggle to get through the book with all the grammatical and punctuation errors.
Finally, I didn't see a whole lot of humility in the book. Rosen continually feeds his ego with statements like .."I mean, fans called out my name." "I had alot to do with that." One chapter is simply titled, "GREATEST INTERVIEWS AND ASSOCIATIONS." Wouldn't "Memorable" interviews be a bit more humble?
The book has plenty of interesting Minnesota sports stories and memories from Rosen's career. But overall, a big disappointment.
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