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A riveting, insightful memoir of never-before-told stories from Jim Gray, twelve-time Emmy Award-winner, Hall of Fame sports broadcaster, and renowned interviewer— that explores the author's career and the inside stories and memorable moments of the famous legends he has covered including, Muhammad Ali, Tom Brady, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Mike Tyson. Ji A riveting, insightful memoir of never-before-told stories from Jim Gray, twelve-time Emmy Award-winner, Hall of Fame sports broadcaster, and renowned interviewer— that explores the author's career and the inside stories and memorable moments of the famous legends he has covered including, Muhammad Ali, Tom Brady, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Mike Tyson. Jim Gray looks back at his four decades of sports reporting from the unparalleled perspective of one of the world’s most respected and skilled interviewers.  A journalist who many iconic athletes have trusted to tell their stories (of both triumph and disgrace), Jim has had unprecedented access to the people, places and extraordinary events in the world of sports. Asking fair but tough questions, he has broken numerous stories, and landed squarely in the middle of others, from the Ben Johnson and Barry Bonds steroid scandals, to Michael Jordan’s surprise retirement, to the off-the-court Kobe/Shaq feud which led to their on-the-court break up, to being part of the live broadcast for twenty-two Super Bowls.  He’s climbed into the ring to interview Mike Tyson after he bit off a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear, and stood next to Ron Artest when the  “Malice at the Palace” melee erupted, and was on site at the bombing of the Atlanta Olympics. Anyone who has watched Jim effortlessly engage his subjects at the precise moment of triumph or tragedy has little idea what it takes to secure the interview, or what actually happens when the camera cuts away.  These are real, mesmerizing, and previously untold stories. The book features numerous world-class athletes, including Muhammed Ali, Tom Brady, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Floyd Mayweather, Michael Phelps, Mike Tyson and Tiger Woods, and world leaders George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Mikhail Gorbachev, and many more. On each page, Jim gives the reader a coveted all-access pass as he reviews the best interviews, the best athletes, and the best games in modern sports history. It’s like a personal introduction to the characters and careers of these heroes and villains we’ve known since childhood. He examines how money, celebrity, the media, and power interact, and how sports, more than any other institution, has led to momentous transformations in American society.  


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A riveting, insightful memoir of never-before-told stories from Jim Gray, twelve-time Emmy Award-winner, Hall of Fame sports broadcaster, and renowned interviewer— that explores the author's career and the inside stories and memorable moments of the famous legends he has covered including, Muhammad Ali, Tom Brady, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Mike Tyson. Ji A riveting, insightful memoir of never-before-told stories from Jim Gray, twelve-time Emmy Award-winner, Hall of Fame sports broadcaster, and renowned interviewer— that explores the author's career and the inside stories and memorable moments of the famous legends he has covered including, Muhammad Ali, Tom Brady, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Mike Tyson. Jim Gray looks back at his four decades of sports reporting from the unparalleled perspective of one of the world’s most respected and skilled interviewers.  A journalist who many iconic athletes have trusted to tell their stories (of both triumph and disgrace), Jim has had unprecedented access to the people, places and extraordinary events in the world of sports. Asking fair but tough questions, he has broken numerous stories, and landed squarely in the middle of others, from the Ben Johnson and Barry Bonds steroid scandals, to Michael Jordan’s surprise retirement, to the off-the-court Kobe/Shaq feud which led to their on-the-court break up, to being part of the live broadcast for twenty-two Super Bowls.  He’s climbed into the ring to interview Mike Tyson after he bit off a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear, and stood next to Ron Artest when the  “Malice at the Palace” melee erupted, and was on site at the bombing of the Atlanta Olympics. Anyone who has watched Jim effortlessly engage his subjects at the precise moment of triumph or tragedy has little idea what it takes to secure the interview, or what actually happens when the camera cuts away.  These are real, mesmerizing, and previously untold stories. The book features numerous world-class athletes, including Muhammed Ali, Tom Brady, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Floyd Mayweather, Michael Phelps, Mike Tyson and Tiger Woods, and world leaders George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Mikhail Gorbachev, and many more. On each page, Jim gives the reader a coveted all-access pass as he reviews the best interviews, the best athletes, and the best games in modern sports history. It’s like a personal introduction to the characters and careers of these heroes and villains we’ve known since childhood. He examines how money, celebrity, the media, and power interact, and how sports, more than any other institution, has led to momentous transformations in American society.  

30 review for Talking to GOATs: The Moments You Remember and the Stories You Never Heard

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lance

    I picked up this book with great anticipation, hoping to learn more about the GOAT's and their lives. For the most part, that wasn't the case for this book. Instead, it was all about the author and how many friendships he has made from interviews and how he handled some unpopular and unsavory characters such as Pete Rose, Barry Bonds and Mike Tyson. It is entertaining and drops a LOT of names beyond just those that Mr. Gray has interviewed, but after awhile it reads more like a celebrity tabloid I picked up this book with great anticipation, hoping to learn more about the GOAT's and their lives. For the most part, that wasn't the case for this book. Instead, it was all about the author and how many friendships he has made from interviews and how he handled some unpopular and unsavory characters such as Pete Rose, Barry Bonds and Mike Tyson. It is entertaining and drops a LOT of names beyond just those that Mr. Gray has interviewed, but after awhile it reads more like a celebrity tabloid instead of a good memoir.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Horne

    This is probably a book more for the sports fan than just a casual reader, but it is an awesome read. I knew who Jim Gray was prior to picking this book up, but I had no idea how many influential leaders throughout history he has had the privilege of getting to know and interview. I am a big sports fan myself, so being able to read about his experiences and how many big events he has been a part of was really exciting for me to be taken through. What a life he has led!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mike L

    Excellent book!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Book Reviews By Tara

    5 ⭐️s for Talking To GOATs: The Moments You Remember and the Stories You Never Heard by Jim Gray ⠀ Synopsis: Talking To GOATs is a collection of short stories about the greatest athletes of all time. The book expands Jim Gray’s entire career as he delivers inside stories of memorable moments with athletes including, Muhammad Ali, Tom Brady, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Barry Bonds and Pete Rose. ⠀ My Thoughts: Taking To GOATs filled with big stories, about big names and big controversies 5 ⭐️s for Talking To GOATs: The Moments You Remember and the Stories You Never Heard by Jim Gray ⠀ Synopsis: Talking To GOATs is a collection of short stories about the greatest athletes of all time. The book expands Jim Gray’s entire career as he delivers inside stories of memorable moments with athletes including, Muhammad Ali, Tom Brady, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Barry Bonds and Pete Rose. ⠀ My Thoughts: Taking To GOATs filled with big stories, about big names and big controversies. I loved the opening chapters as Jim shared personal never told before stories of Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali. Both chapters were awesome and after reading them, knew I was going to fall love Jim’s narrative. ⠀ What makes this book so special is that Jim has all the juicy, inside scoop. As a sports commentator and journalist for forty years, he has been present for many of the most memorable moments in sports history. From the infamous ear biting Tyson vs Holyfield match, to the bombing of the Atlanta Olympic Games, and the steroids scandal that rocked the world of baseball, Jim was there and now he is taking us with him inside the stories. ⠀ I found his high level of transparency welcoming. He admits to not liking some individuals (Phil Jackson to name one), and having a big heart for many others. ⠀ I enjoyed reading touching stories about Kobe Bryant, Muhammad Ali and Nelson Mandela. And was pleasantly surprised to learn about his support of Metta World Peace aka Ron Artest. ⠀ This fast moving memoir reads like Jim’s personal diary. Each chapter is compelling and riveting. The stories are comprehensive and purposeful. I highly recommend this book to sports lovers everywhere! It is a gem you most definitely want to have in your library. ⠀ 𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘏𝘢𝘳𝘱𝘦𝘳 𝘊𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘴 𝘗𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘨𝘪𝘧𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 ARC 𝘪𝘯 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘮𝘺 𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘵 .

  5. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Kelley

    Jim Gray like a handful of others in sports broadcasting when you hear their name you automatically can hear them like Vin Scully, Joe and Jack Buck just to name a few. This cover many of the great sports stars over the last 30 to 40 years such as Tom Brady, Mike Tyson, Tiger Woods, Floyd Mayweather and many others. But it is not limited to just sports but also Presidents also. It is interesting to read how many people that Mr. Gray has been involved with and developed relationships with the man Jim Gray like a handful of others in sports broadcasting when you hear their name you automatically can hear them like Vin Scully, Joe and Jack Buck just to name a few. This cover many of the great sports stars over the last 30 to 40 years such as Tom Brady, Mike Tyson, Tiger Woods, Floyd Mayweather and many others. But it is not limited to just sports but also Presidents also. It is interesting to read how many people that Mr. Gray has been involved with and developed relationships with the man must be genuine to have these people be comfortable enough to not be concern that he is there just to report a story. Anytime you read a sports book you usually are hoping to learn something you may not have known and this book really delivers. Did you know that Mile Tyson gave away a lamborghini right before Tyson Holyfield II fight because he thought it was bad luck. There is short part of this book that does delve in to politics but it is sports for the most part. I am amazed to see so much harsh criticism on this book maybe it is do to perception that those may have thought that this was strictly dealing with interviews when this all about his interactions with various people. Now I will say that there was a little to much of I,i,i, but when you are involved how do you navigate it ? I also wonder if there are many that have issues because of his relationship with Tom Brady or clear back to his interview with Pete Rose. Regardless this man is one of the top people in his field and this is a good book so give it a read. One of the side notes in this book is more then once stories that show that news and sports reporting are such in a hurry to be the first to get a story out that they will either ignore facts or not do complete research for a story.

  6. 4 out of 5

    David

    This book is a fascinating look at Jim Gray's life. He has objectively lived one of the coolest lives out of anyone I can remember, having met every president going back to Carter, discovering Tiger Woods at age 9, and having a front row seat to every major sporting event in the last 40 years (The Bite Fight, 1996 Olympic bombing, Tiger Woods winning the Masters, The Helmet Catch, The Dream Team scrimmage, etc.). The issue with this book is Jim Gray himself. In order to like it, you have to get This book is a fascinating look at Jim Gray's life. He has objectively lived one of the coolest lives out of anyone I can remember, having met every president going back to Carter, discovering Tiger Woods at age 9, and having a front row seat to every major sporting event in the last 40 years (The Bite Fight, 1996 Olympic bombing, Tiger Woods winning the Masters, The Helmet Catch, The Dream Team scrimmage, etc.). The issue with this book is Jim Gray himself. In order to like it, you have to get over how much Jim Gray is stuck up his own ass. He has gotten himself involved in several controversies over the years and this book serves as his side of the story, which is fair given it's an autobiography. However, Jim comes across as whiney and petty. Why did he need to bring up a legal feud with Nike over a video tape of pre-teenage Tiger Woods? Why does he talk about the personal backlash he received about The Decision, something that had nothing to do with him, and an event I watched live in 2010 and didn't even realize Gray was the moderator? The way he talks about Deflate Gate, and Tom Brady in general, is the furthest thing from objective and downright annoying. Ignoring these petty instances, Gray has truly lived an incredible life and names Mike Tyson, Jack Nicholson, Julius Irving, Snoop Dogg, Bob Costas, the Bush Family, Tom Brady, and other A+ list celebrities as his close friends. All in all, a great read for any sports or journalism fan.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jamocha

    As we've learned during the pandemic by attending too many Zoom meetings, it's tough to read the room if you're not present. Jim gives great accounts of the conversations and the tone of historic moments in sports. My favorite chapter was about Michael Jackson. My first memories of Jim were following the series of losses the Buffalo Bills took in the 90s Super Bowls. Jim seemed to turn up for only the tough interviews. "We now go to Jim Gray who is inside the loser's locker room." When he needle As we've learned during the pandemic by attending too many Zoom meetings, it's tough to read the room if you're not present. Jim gives great accounts of the conversations and the tone of historic moments in sports. My favorite chapter was about Michael Jackson. My first memories of Jim were following the series of losses the Buffalo Bills took in the 90s Super Bowls. Jim seemed to turn up for only the tough interviews. "We now go to Jim Gray who is inside the loser's locker room." When he needled Pete Rose, I was impartial and vaguely remember the controversy. Overall, my perception is Jim was uneasy. I'm also from Cleveland and I had to be reminded that Jim Gray was the interviewer when LeBron made his historical decision on live television. Time has proven that I'm used to seeing Jim through a dark lens with high exposure. As it would turn out, Jim is very respected in his field and seems to travel and work often. Standing next to athletes on camera, you wouldn't know that Jim is athletic and can hold his own on the tennis court and golf course. Jim has even played golf over the years with Donald Trump and other former presidents. I found his insight into the Laker's dynasty to be the most revealing chapter in the book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Burnett

    Talking to GOATs: The Moments You Remember and the Stories You Never Heard by Jim Gray – Award-winning sportscaster and interviewer Jim Gray reflects back on his career and specifically on his interviews and relationships with a number of the legends he has encountered during his tenure. He includes the famous moments that made history, but he also writes about lesser-known events such as how his infamous interview with Kobe Bryant concerning Shaq and the Lakers came about, his years-long pursui Talking to GOATs: The Moments You Remember and the Stories You Never Heard by Jim Gray – Award-winning sportscaster and interviewer Jim Gray reflects back on his career and specifically on his interviews and relationships with a number of the legends he has encountered during his tenure. He includes the famous moments that made history, but he also writes about lesser-known events such as how his infamous interview with Kobe Bryant concerning Shaq and the Lakers came about, his years-long pursuit to tell the story of George W. Bush’s decision to throw the first pitch at the Yankees World Series opener following September 11, 2011, and his chance encounter with Lucille Ball. Gray’s frank and informal style lends itself well to his recounting of the standout moments in his career which are often also the monumental moments in his subject’s careers as well. Talking to GOATs is a quick and entertaining read and a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the icons we all know and mostly revere. Listen to my author interviews here: https://www.thoughtsfromapage.com, and for more of my reviews, check out my Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/thoughtsfro....

  9. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    I actually enjoyed this quite a bit. I am not a "huge" sports fan by any means, but I do appreciate Jim Gray's career and knowledge of the sports he covered throughout his career. He also gave a lot of credit to the relationships that made his career and the connections he made. I do enjoy his story-telling and his perspective of historical sporting events. I'd imagine those who enjoyed sports would find this book insightful. I also listened to this book which has Tom Brady, Snoop Dog, and Carol I actually enjoyed this quite a bit. I am not a "huge" sports fan by any means, but I do appreciate Jim Gray's career and knowledge of the sports he covered throughout his career. He also gave a lot of credit to the relationships that made his career and the connections he made. I do enjoy his story-telling and his perspective of historical sporting events. I'd imagine those who enjoyed sports would find this book insightful. I also listened to this book which has Tom Brady, Snoop Dog, and Carol Burnett. I would definitely give this book a try. :)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gabe Wood

    This was only a little bit entertaining. I'm not a person to watch sports, never once watched a sports interview, but from how often and how many he's done, I don't know if he's talking about the post game-"Hey Lebron, you won. What did it take?" "We came out and executed what we planned and then we won *shrugs" but if that's the case, he really overinflated himself. If not, then I just didn't think he had a whole lot of cool insight when it came to the highest performers. Sorry. The bit about Do This was only a little bit entertaining. I'm not a person to watch sports, never once watched a sports interview, but from how often and how many he's done, I don't know if he's talking about the post game-"Hey Lebron, you won. What did it take?" "We came out and executed what we planned and then we won *shrugs" but if that's the case, he really overinflated himself. If not, then I just didn't think he had a whole lot of cool insight when it came to the highest performers. Sorry. The bit about Donald Trump really wanting to be the best at something was funny.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    I didn’t know GOAT stood for ‘greatest of all time’ in the world of sports. Jim Gray is a noted sports broadcaster and interviewer. He has written an entertaining and insightful book about many of the GOATS he has interviewed in his long career. If you love sports, this is your book. If you appreciate the history of the game, you’ll enjoy this book. There’s even a chapter or two about some other famous folk he’s met along the way. Gray has an easy to read style of writing and the book is a good I didn’t know GOAT stood for ‘greatest of all time’ in the world of sports. Jim Gray is a noted sports broadcaster and interviewer. He has written an entertaining and insightful book about many of the GOATS he has interviewed in his long career. If you love sports, this is your book. If you appreciate the history of the game, you’ll enjoy this book. There’s even a chapter or two about some other famous folk he’s met along the way. Gray has an easy to read style of writing and the book is a good read

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rob Warner

    Not a lot from the real GOAT, Michael Jordan, but nonetheless entertaining. It provides insights into the Pete Rose interview, The Decision, Mike Tyson. The Tyson stories were probably my favorite. Could have done with fewer "my friend so-and-so"s, but still -- an interesting read on a storied career. Not a lot from the real GOAT, Michael Jordan, but nonetheless entertaining. It provides insights into the Pete Rose interview, The Decision, Mike Tyson. The Tyson stories were probably my favorite. Could have done with fewer "my friend so-and-so"s, but still -- an interesting read on a storied career.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sam Marro

    The greatest writing about the greatest Jim brings you into his personal and professional life and relationships with the greatest athletes,actors and Presidents in his lifetime. The relationship with Jim's Father brings me back to the relationship with our Father, this is a great book written by great people G.O.A.T.'s🙏🏈❤⚾❤ The greatest writing about the greatest Jim brings you into his personal and professional life and relationships with the greatest athletes,actors and Presidents in his lifetime. The relationship with Jim's Father brings me back to the relationship with our Father, this is a great book written by great people G.O.A.T.'s🙏🏈❤⚾❤

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mike Davis

    Great tour through his career as he shares his views and entertaining stories about the athletes he spent time with, and interviewed. Insights to what the athletes think and how they act when the lights are off and cameras gone.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Daniel D.

    Amazing insights and details “GOATS” is an entertaining and insightful look at sports and life over the last 40+ years. I knew most of the stories but not the details behind the stories. This book is about relationships. It made me think of my Dad.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michael Smith

    Different type of book talks about Jim Gray's experiences and interactions with Star athletes, celebrities and the Presidents dating back to Nixon. Interesting but wasn't what I thought it would be. Different type of book talks about Jim Gray's experiences and interactions with Star athletes, celebrities and the Presidents dating back to Nixon. Interesting but wasn't what I thought it would be.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Renay

    I didn’t think I was going going to like the book at first. However, it was outstanding. Gray weaves his story within the stories of GOATs. Along the way are glimpses into history, presidents, racism and the media. I highly recommend the book for sports lovers of all kinds.

  18. 4 out of 5

    J Bradley

    He's been everywhere, met everyone, and yet the final chapter about his Dad was the most touching and emotional part of the book to me. I'm also pleased to read of his Colorado roots and appreciation for Colorado sports, media and CU Boulder. He's been everywhere, met everyone, and yet the final chapter about his Dad was the most touching and emotional part of the book to me. I'm also pleased to read of his Colorado roots and appreciation for Colorado sports, media and CU Boulder.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bruce Halstead

    Review of Talking to GOATs Very insightful. Enjoyed reading about the personal side of Mr. Gray. His impact on sports journalism was greater than I expected.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ray Lee

    Good stories, although some parts of the book are long winded (Pete Rose, baseball) and a lot of name dropping.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jake Chavez

    Fascinating stories! It's really amazing all the moments in history this man has been present for. Fascinating stories! It's really amazing all the moments in history this man has been present for.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Daren

    Very interesting stories. Gray is a bit full of himself but loves the stories.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Todd

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bill

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gary Jackson

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Wiley

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marcella

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Kurowski

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dfamily

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