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Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime, and Complicity Paperback – September 1, 2010
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"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
"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</div>
"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
"What the investigative reporter Ken Armstrong and the higher-education correspondent Nick Perry have done, first in an award-winning Seattle Times series and now in Scoreboard, Baby, is lay out in hard-boiled style and with the verve only real storyÃ‚Âtelling can supply exactly whose lives were mangled in the course of the University of Washington's historic 2000 season." --Marc Tracy, New York Times
"A remarkable book." --Steve Weinberg, Seattle Times
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Reviewed by Dick Stull
The title, "Scoreboard, Baby" was former Colorado Buffaloes football coach Rick Neuheisel's retort to comments made by the losing coach who accused Neuheisel's players of illegal tactics on the field. A few years later Neuheisel was paid $1,000,000 to revive the Washington Huskies football program. He delivered a "mystical, magical dream season" in the year 2000, culminating in a dramatic Rose Bowl victory. Armstrong and Perry's thorough and compelling investigation reveals the facts behind a different scoreboard. Four of every five players failed to meet minimum University of Washington admission standards. One out of three players graduated. Twenty-four players on Washington's 2000 football team were arrested or charged with some crime during their years at the university. The authors write:
"Some players do serious damage. Some get used up. A city looks away and the game goes on. Variations of this story-more about culture than sports, more about a community than a team - can be found in colleges across the country. Florida State, Ohio State, Texas A&M. Washington isn't an aberration, it is an example."
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."
A sorority student is raped, allegedly by another player.Read more ›
Over the years, revelatory books, reports, essays, and sporadic news stories have had little if any impact on the powers that be in Washington who give every indication of being asleep at the switch. Members of Congress and presidential administrations overlook the fact that there are all too many communities and universities throughout the nation where deep investigative reporting would unearth similar problems and societal passion for professionalized and highly commercialized intercollegiate sports competition. Since there is much in our colleges and universities that is already amiss, the depth of these sports related problems and the intensity of this passion could very well be predictive of the decline and eventual fall of higher education in America from its position of world leadership.
The SCOREBOARD, BABY narrative could serve as a fitting metaphor for the crime, complicity, and convoluted values associated with professionalized college sports in America with a one-to-one mapping of the book's cast of local characters, organizations, and citizens onto corresponding entities on the national scene. Why so?Read more ›
The 1969 Washington State boys basketball champs had a number of players busted at a kegger, but were allowed to serve their suspensions after the State Tournament. In the Hugh McIlhenny years of the early 1950's, boosters such as "Torchy" Torrance got players jobs where they were paid while not having to work. In the 1970's, a squad of co-eds was formed at the UW called "Husky Honeys", attractive women that it was hoped would distract visiting players. A friend of mine, a starting linebacker at USC under John McKay was offered a Camaro if he had chosen to play at Nebraska. A restaurant owner I met in Nebraska was the 'designated driver' for coach Bob Devaney when Devaney would get too drunk, which happened almost nightly. In a small town I lived in near Seattle, some coaches opened a drive-in near the high school, and star players only worked the front counter and not on the grill(if they worked at all).
The reviewer who only gave 'SCOREBOARD, BABY' one star calls this book "Poorly cited, inaccurately depicted...", but if you take the time to search for the articles cited, they are on the Web for the reading.
I regularly post on UW fan boards, and on the Seattle Times UW boards, and when I read about this book, I was incensed that anyone could slag The U & my Dawgs like this....Read more ›
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Great book about a completely corrupt team and city. Horrible that these things were allowed to happen. Shame on UW and the alumni that supported this corruption. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brad R Wall
Hate the facts described, but loved the book. A clear-eyed look at how violence by collegiate (and ultimately pro) players has become so rampant. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Avid Reader
Written in a true crime style, this book really makes you cringe about the way football and its players can be lionized and protected from the law even as they go about raping... Read morePublished 11 months ago by WMD55
great book, don't send your daughters to university of washingyon until you have read this bookPublished 13 months ago by Timothy Allen
Interesting book, providing insight into what college football probably really looks like, once the cover is pulled up. Read morePublished 13 months ago by G. Rivers
Wow. An excellent book. It does a good job going between research and telling the stories. While I knew about some of the incidents covered in this book, the scary thing was... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Buffs Fan
good book, opens your eyes as to how long unethical behavior has been going on in college football arenaPublished 14 months ago by kellycoolman
True crime reporting book focusing on the football program at the University of Washington in the late 80's-early 90's, especially the 2000 team that won the Rose Bowl. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ashley
Although the content of this book doesn't exactly make Husky fans feel warm and fuzzy inside, you can't ignore the past. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Doug B.