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

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

by Ken Armstrong, Nick Perry

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Overview

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 exposé 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.”

Editorial Reviews

Booklist Online - Alan Moores


"While the focus is specifically on the University of Washington program, this story carries importance and relevance to fans far beyond Seattle. Investigative journalism at its most revealing."—Alan Moores, Booklist Online

Seattle Times - Steve Weinberg


"A remarkable book."—Steve Weinberg, Seattle Times

Arete - Dick Stull


"Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry have written a classic. . . . Through extensive review of public records and interviews, the authors detail the complicity of Seattle community members, law enforcement officials, coaches, players, members of the legal profession, local media, and the university in this tale of "twisted values.""—Dick Stull, Arete

Chronicle of Higher Education - Libby Sander


"However familiar the underlying conflict might seem, there's an added layer of tension and tragedy to the narrative that makes Scoreboard, Baby a particularly distressing tale—and one that should be required reading for anyone linked to university life."—Libby Sander, Chronicle of Higher Education

Arete

"Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry have written a classic. . . . Through extensive review of public records and interviews, the authors detail the complicity of Seattle community members, law enforcement officials, coaches, players, members of the legal profession, local media, and the university in this tale of "twisted values.""—Dick Stull, Arete

— Dick Stull

Seattle Times

"A remarkable book."—Steve Weinberg, Seattle Times

— Steve Weinberg

Booklist Online

"While the focus is specifically on the University of Washington program, this story carries importance and relevance to fans far beyond Seattle. Investigative journalism at its most revealing."—Alan Moores, Booklist Online

— Alan Moores

Chronicle of Higher Education

"However familiar the underlying conflict might seem, there's an added layer of tension and tragedy to the narrative that makes Scoreboard, Baby a particularly distressing tale—and one that should be required reading for anyone linked to university life."—Libby Sander, Chronicle of Higher Education

— Libby Sander

David Maraniss

“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

Buzz Bissinger

“The most harrowing book I have ever read about college sports.”—Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights

Kirkus

"Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, some of America's top universities still perpetuate the myth of the "student-athlete." Armstrong and Perry sound the death knell of that hoary fable by exposing the win-at-all-costs deprivation that thrived at UW under golden-boy coach Rick Neuheisel."—Kirkus

Frank DeFord

"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

Richard Ben Cramer

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803228108
Publisher: Bison Original
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 860L (what's this?)

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