If a tree falls in the woods when no one is listening, can anyone hear it?
If a television channel is broadcasting and it's not in every household (including yours), can you still enjoy a book by one of its employees?
Deep philosophical questions indeed. The first one still is being debated, but the second one at least has an answer. Rich Eisen has written a book called "Total Access," and it is pretty entertaining.
Eisen is the host of NFL Total Access, the evening show of the NFL Network. That's the channel that is owned by the football league and devotes its entire programming schedule to the sport, even though it only carries the actual broadcasts of a relatively games per season.
That means a lot of postgame analysis and pregame previews during the football season, and a lot of speculation about free agency and the draft months before anything actually happens in these two areas. What's more, it's not carried on every cable outlet, and those that do often charge extra for it.
The host of such a program on such a channel must be blessed with the gift of gab, and Eisen has it. He is best-known for his work on ESPN as one of the many anchormen, but he jumped to the NFL and became that channel's most familiar face.
The book is something of a year in his life, going from a Super Bowl through the offseason and to the end of the following season. Eisen likes to have a good time, obviously, and is not above a few stunts to make the time go quickly. For example, he's shown on the cover running the 40-yard dash at the annual combine. When he was done, there was no sprint to sign him to a free-agent contract by general managers.
Eisen's story-telling abilities come through nicely here, and he's obviously enjoying his new role. The book is about what you'd expect in that sense. It also comes off as something of a long plug for the NFL Network -- understandable, but a little annoying.
If you watch the channel and enjoy Eisen's work, there are plenty of good times in "Total Access." No one would call it deep or philosophical, but it's a nice, easy read.