Wisconsin Historical Society Press
My Life with the Green & Gold: Tales from 20 Years of Sportscasting
By Jessie Garcia
240 pages, 40 b&w photos, 5.5 x 8.5Buy
Ever wonder what it's like to interview famous athletes and coaches? For twenty years, sportscaster Jessie Garcia has done just that. In "My Life with the Green & Gold" she brings fans to the sidelines at Lambeau Field, inside the locker room, aboard the Packers bus, and into the host's chair at The Mike McCarthy Show.
A self-proclaimed "terrible athlete," Garcia reported on Wisconsin's beloved Green Bay Packers during the Holmgren, Rhodes, Sherman, and McCarthy years. She's been a Packers sideline reporter for preseason games and covered the team during its Super Bowl showdowns against the Patriots, Broncos, and Steelers. She's traveled with the team to Tokyo and the White House and to schools and retirement homes, where the gridiron heroes interacted with their fans. She's visited the hometowns of players and coaches, she's met their proud parents and their pets, she's interviewed the team trainer about their strength exercises. "My Life with the Green & Gold" also features up-close and personal stories about other teams and athletes she's covered, from the Badgers and Brewers to Wisconsin Olympians such as Bonnie Blair and Casey FitzRandolph.
Garcia's expertise is capturing behind-the-scenes, human-interest stories. In My Life with the Green & Gold, she shares a personal and humorous insider's look at many Wisconsin sports heroes from the perspective of a female sports journalist--and working mom--who has ridden the adrenaline rush to be on the air at 5 a.m., 10 p.m., and any hour in between all while juggling the many demands of family life. Not many parents can say they've changed their child's diaper in the tunnel at Lambeau Field, but Jessie Garcia can.
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