Scoreboard, Baby

Scoreboard, Baby

A Story of College Football, Crime, and Complicity

Book - 2010
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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 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."
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2010
ISBN: 9780803228108
Characteristics: xi, 374 p., [12] of plates : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Perry, Nick 1970-


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Dec 31, 2013

Fearless reporting on an out-of-control football program and its many enablers. Disturbing detail on the crimes (which mostly went unpunished) of Husky players whose sins were excused by coaches, administrators and even the judicial system. The win-at-all-costs attitude of the Purple and Gold in this era was stunning. Who cares about the victims? Scoreboard, baby!

Dec 24, 2013

The comment from 'pakano' above implies that all Husky football fans, boosters, and coaches are bad people. His statements imply obvious bias and the cliche of "stunning indictment" indicates that the reviewer was likely educated in the eastern part of the state. There is no doubt that there were some terrible athletes in the program at that time. Those athletes happened to end up at Washington, but they could have easily chosen USC, Ohio State, or Texas. UW didn't turn them into thugs. Nobody wants criminals on their team, and accountability and discipline must be a part of any program. Accountability and discipline may not have been the strongest in the era that this book was written about, but there is no way to know the full story because this book does not present the opinions or the decision process that went into disciplinary decisions. "Scoreboard, Baby" seems to imply mass conspiracy among prosecutors, University officials, coaches, plays, and police. There are relatively few counter arguments presented in the book and the arguments presented are decidedly one-sided. The authors didn't seem to interview any of the people that they seemed to be implicating in mass conspiracy. Instead, the authors seemed to be going for shock value, rather than presenting their arguments and the alternative view, which would have allowed readers to draw their own conclusions. The authors are reporters that presented a seemingly biased opinion. This book was written with an agenda, much like the book "Under the Tarnished Dome" by Don Yeager tried to implicate Notre Dame. The agenda was to sell books. This book was written with an agenda, much like the book "Under the Tarnished Dome" by Don Yeager tried to implicate Notre Dame. The agenda was to sell books. Overall a poorly structured book. The book appears to be well researched, but incomplete in presentation of the full story.

Mar 22, 2011

Stunning indictment of the University of Washington football program and the thugs it sheltered circa 2000-01. No one featured in this book looks good except Anthony Kelley and his college mentor. Should be required reading for all Husky football fans, especially boosters, and all Husky coaches. You'll never view UW football in the same way again.


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