Paperback | November 5, 2013

byJay Onrait

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Nine out of ten people would say Jay Onrait changed Canadian sportscasting. The first nine are right. The tenth just doesn’t get sports.

From the 2011 Gemini Award-winning sportscaster comes a book of essays and stories featuring the rise of a small town prairie boy and his journey to broadcasting in the big city. But, it’s not what you think. These are not tales of triumph, but the stories his fans and viewers have been waiting for.

Anchorboy teaches aspirational sportscasters that if you make enough mistakes you’ll land the right job. It explains Jay’s philosophy on personality-based sports broadcasting and how he changed sportscasting forever. A behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to work at TSN—it’s a balance of humour, pop culture, and sports.

Specifically, you’ll read about:

  • Jay being sexually harassed at TSN by a senior every day for ten years
  • Jay being beaten up by a professional MMA fighter while hosting Winnipeg’s The Big Breakfast
  • Jay’s nervous interview with one of his comedy heroes, Will Ferrell
  • Jay’s own personal Worst Christmas Eve Ever

These are the stories that will make you laugh. Mostly at Jay’s expense.

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Nine out of ten people would say Jay Onrait changed Canadian sportscasting. The first nine are right. The tenth just doesn’t get sports.From the 2011 Gemini Award-winning sportscaster comes a book of essays and stories featuring the rise of a small town prairie boy and his journey to broadcasting in the big city. But, it’s not what you...

JAY ONRAIT has been connecting with Canadian television viewers for the past 15 years on outlets such as Winnipeg’sThe Big Breakfast, The NHL Network’sOn The Fly, CTV’sOlympic Morning, MuchMore’sThe Week That Was, and TSN’sSportscentre—after his failed childhood attempt at becoming an NHL star (note: he never had a shot). Jay won the 2...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:November 5, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443429473

ISBN - 13:9781443429474

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Anchorboy I really enjoyed most of the stories and content but too much time spent talking about bowel movements to be taken seriously.
Date published: 2015-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Great book for anyone who enjoyed Jay on tsn for all those years. Heartbreaking anchor team to lose
Date published: 2014-05-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Anchorboy I wish he had waited about ten years before writing a book. Ten years from now, Jay Onrait would be able to give us the view from States side. Ten years from now, he would have more stories in his arsenal, so he could include fewer stories about his bodily fluids. Ten years from now he might have learned to look less in the mirror and more outside of himself. I believe when Jay Onrait was writing this book, he didn't envision 51-year-old suburban moms as his potential audience. I believe that because the best audience for this book is: (1) male, and (2) younger than I am. That's fair; he is a sportscaster, after all. In my household though, I rival other family members in the sports fanaticism department. There's a time in May when French Open tennis, NHL hockey, ML baseball AND curling all happen at the same time; I barely leave my couch. Before Jay Onrait, Dan O'Toole and Producer Tim moved to the States, my son and I watched the re-play of their version of SportCentre on TSN every morning.  We watched because we wanted the highlights, and they entertained us with their comedic delivery. (And I could look at Dan O'Toole's face all day long.) When I heard that Jay Onrait had a book, it went on my Christmas list. Mine, not my husband's or my son's. Jay Onrait was stuck with a 51-year-old suburban mom as his audience. As I read, I had the same reaction I had to Kelly Oxford's book, Everything Is Perfect When You're a Liar. It's not a bad book. I can't give it a negative review. It's just not the right book for me. (I wasn't surprised to see her mentioned in the Afterword. I knew they were connected somehow.) I started out with plenty of hope. Onrait was a Gary Carter and Montreal Expos fan, so we had that in common. We share an appreciation for the glory years of the Edmonton Oilers, so that was good, too. And he is, after all, "Canadian!" But why, oh why, do people feel their "I got so wasted" stories are in any way unique and interesting? They are neither. Even when the story is "I got so wasted at the Olympics," it's still not unique or interesting. Especially when the wastee is too (a) drunk, (b) lacking in common sense, and (c) busy riding on the coattails of the network to take personal responsibility for his actions. Disappointing. I experienced minor heart palpitations when Onrait revealed his complete ignorance about Craig Kielburger. To be fair, sports and humour are Onrait's business not humanitarian work, but Kielburger is one of my personal heroes and an exceptional Canadian. It disappointed me that sentences involving bodily fluids outnumbered those about Kielburger by about 1276 to 8. (And the first number doesn't include images conjured by the activities behind Hooker Harvey's.) I have to disagree with Onrait on one other very important point: Felching is not funny. Nope. Not under any circumstances. Never. Yuck. (Look it up.) In about ten years, Jay Onrait will be able to tell us how he survived "successful-Canadian guilt" after his move to the United States. In about ten years, he'll have more stories to tell, so we won't have to know about his bodily functions. In about ten years, he will have met a humanitarian or two, so we'll see more of the decent "Canadian!" that hides beneath the Jay Onrait public persona. In about ten years, if Jay Onrait writes another book, I hope he pictures 51-year-old suburban moms reading it. It would be a better book.
Date published: 2014-02-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Average Jay tries hard to be funny but doesn't do it very well. For the most part the book just reads as a thank you to those who helped him along the way. Each person gets a chapter with background, one funny anecdote and a "I wouldn't be here without you" type of wrap-up. I expected way more behind-the-scenes stories and way funnier incidents, but he's obviously worried about burning any bridges so he held most back. The book was written way too early in his career to be impactful.
Date published: 2014-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book! I bought this book for husband who is a reluctant reader but I knew he enjoyed Jay Onrait on TSN.  For the first time ever, my husband finished this book in two days and I constantly heard him laughing out loud. There are so many funny anecdotes from behind-the-scenes of the sportsworld that it was a perfect fit for my sports-loving husband.
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for all sports fans 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.
Date published: 2014-01-05

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Editorial Reviews

“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