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

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

by Ken Armstrong
 

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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

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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.”
 
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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

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

Buzz Bissinger
"The most harrowing book I have ever read about college sports."

-Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights

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

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

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

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

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

Seattle Times

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

— Steve Weinberg

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
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
Marc Tracy
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 story­telling can supply—exactly whose lives were mangled in the course of the University of Washington's historic 2000 season. Their idiosyncratic characters and plots ultimately indict a vast, impersonal system that has produced dozens of such teams. The Huskies didn't break new ground here, but in so comprehensively detailing them, the authors did.
—The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803228108
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
445,568
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
860L (what's this?)

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

Meet the Author

Ken Armstrong is a reporter for the Seattle Times, as was Nick Perry from 2002 until 2011. Perry is now a correspondent for the Associated Press. Their investigative work on the 2000 Huskies won two of journalism’s highest honors: the George Polk Award and the Michael Kelly Award, recognizing “the fearless pursuit and expression of truth.” In 2010 Armstrong and Perry shared in the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting, which was awarded to the staff of the Seattle Times for its coverage of the shooting deaths of four police officers. 
 
Armstrong won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting and is a three-time winner of the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award. He previously worked at the Chicago Tribune, where he co-wrote six series on criminal-justice issues, including an investigation of the death penalty that helped prompt the state’s governor to suspend executions and eventually to empty Death Row. In 2009 he received the prestigious John Chancellor Award from Columbia University for lifetime achievement.  

Perry has won national journalism awards in both New Zealand, his homeland, and the United States, where he has specialized in covering higher education. He was named a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan for the 2010–11 academic year.
 
 

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