After reading Andre Agassi’s new autobiography, “Open,” with its stunning revelations of illegal drug use and an abusive father who forced him into a “lifetime of hating tennis,” I anxiously await the next batch of shock-and-awe books from the sports world. Here’s a list of potential best-sellers and sweeps week rating-winners for the TV talk-show circuit:
‘The Barry Bonds Story: True Confessions’
How BALCO made me bigger than the game and damn it, the Giants still owe me a statue.
‘Big Mac Attack’
Mark McGwire finally reveals why he’s past not talking about the past. In his new tell-all book, the former single-season home run king explains how a sibling rivalry with Bash Brother Jose Canseco kept him on needles
‘Roger Clemens is the Rocket’
The seven-time Cy Young award winner recants accusations that his former trainer “misremembered” injecting him with steroids. Clemens admits his B.S. about taking B-12 shots to prolong his career was spurred by the soon-to-be-released rap song, “DNA Don’t Lie.”
‘Carney Lansford and San Francisco Swingers Who Go Swish’
This isn’t a risqué romp about nightlife in the Castro. It’s a serious examination on the lost art of hitting by a former batting champ considered a chump by too many Giants.
‘Billy Beane’s Guide to Day Dreaming and Day Trading on a Budget’
The A’s wheeling and dealing general manager offers unique tips on how to build fan hopes without building a winning team. It’s a “tease you, never please you approach” that leaves the A’s with a tarp over seats in the upper deck of the Coliseum and a cap on their expectations in the AL West.
‘Mike Singletary’s Power of Positive Thinking, Or Else’
Preacher, teacher and master intimidator of the media, the Hall of Fame linebacker tells how his Svengali-like stare pierces every obstacle in its path.
‘Don Nelson: The Man, The Myth, The Vendettas’
In this candid retrospective, The Don revels in how he made a career out of burning bosses, dumping good players and selling out his buddies to become the NBA’s second all-time winningest coach but is still light years from ever capturing a championship. Nellie’s “Fake it Till You Make It” foreword is written by Chris Mullin.
Stay tuned. Movie deals are in the works.
KGO (810 AM) Sports Director Rich Walcoff can be heard weekdays from 5 to 9 a.m. on the KGO morning news and is also the co-host of “Raiders Gameday” and “Recap” talk shows on KSFO (560 AM). He can be reached at RichWalcoff@gmail.com.