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Scoreboard, Baby : A Story of College Football, Crime, and Complicity - Ken Armstrong

Scoreboard, Baby

A Story of College Football, Crime, and Complicity

Paperback Published: 1st September 2010
ISBN: 9780803228108
Number Of Pages: 400

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The adjectives associated with the University of Washington's 2000 football season--mystical, magical, miraculous--changed when Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry's four-part expose of the 2000 Huskies hit the newspaper stands: "explosive . . . chilling" ("Sports Illustrated"), "blistering" ("Baltimore Sun"), "shocking . . . appalling" ("Tacoma News Tribune"), "astounding" (ESPN), "jaw-dropping" ("Orlando Sentinel"). Now, in "Scoreboard, Baby," Armstrong and Perry go behind the scenes of the Huskies' Cinderella story to reveal a timeless morality tale about the price of obsession, the creep of fanaticism, and the ways in which a community can lose even when its team wins. The authors unearth the true story from firsthand interviews and thousands of pages of documents: the forensic report on a bloody fingerprint; the notes of a detective investigating allegations of rape; confidential memoranda of prosecutors; and the criminal records of the dozen-plus players arrested that year with scant mention in the newspapers and minimal consequences in the courts. The statement of a judge, sentencing one player to thirty days in jail, says it all: "to be served after football season." Read additional praise.

"The most harrowing book I have ever read about college sports." Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights "A terrific work of investigative reporting and a vital public service. I finished it at once infuriated and enlightened." David Maraniss, author of When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi "This is a world-class job of reporting... Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry have made a page-turning story of what happens off the field while we are celebrating in the stands." Richard Ben Cramer, author of Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life "The great fraud of 'student-athletes,' higher education, and big-time football has never been detailed better than in "Scoreboard, Baby"... Theirs is a vivid, cautionary tale that, sadly, plays out in so many college athletic departments." Frank Deford, Sports Illustrated senior contributing writer and author of Everybody's All-American

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Cast of Charactersp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Prologue: Hush-Hushp. 1
Freezep. 7
Mariep. 17
Fragmentsp. 20
Stirringsp. 29
Louisville Sluggerp. 41
Nothing but Ashesp. 58
Face-offp. 64
Taking the Fieldp. 77
Happily Ever Afterp. 83
The Twelfth Manp. 102
In Hidingp. 109
Taking a Passp. 112
Narrowly Honestp. 122
Scoreboard, Babyp. 140
Carving Their Namesp. 151
Body and Soulp. 165
Up, Down, In, Outp. 172
Taking a Shotp. 185
A Week in the Lifep. 187
Love, Love, Lovep. 196
I Can't Breathep. 207
Story Linesp. 217
California Funp. 228
A Mystical, Magical Dayp. 245
Climbing the Hillp. 260
Always Hated, Never Fadedp. 272
Ripplesp. 287
When the Game's Overp. 293
Epilogue: All about the Winsp. 311
Notesp. 323
Indexp. 367
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ISBN: 9780803228108
ISBN-10: 0803228104
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st September 2010
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.48