A Guy Like Me by John Scott
Fighting to Make the Cut

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...Scott’s view of the situation is detached from the analysis that was going on around him; he didn’t follow the controversy too much, just accepted the vote and refused to be bullied out of the game. His book doesn’t offer much that hasn’t already been said, and so the most interesting parts of the story come before he started making headlines.
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The John Scott story is the ultimate underdog narrative in sports during 2016 when Scott—in the twilight of his career—went from a joke All-Star fan-voted nominee to scoring two goals and winning the All-Star Game’s MVP title. This is his heartwarming story about an average Joe who became a sports superhero overnight.

Known as a willing-and-able fighter and bruiser in the league, John Scott was a surprising and tongue-and-cheek nominee for the 2016 NHL All-Star Game. He’d been in the league for over eight NHL seasons, playing for teams such as the Wild, Blackhawks, Rangers, Sabres, and the Sharks. Scott’s best attribute as an NHL player was dropping his gloves—never the best player, the 260 pounder did become the most feared fighter in the NHL, racking up extensive penalty minutes. In order to prevent him from playing in the game, his current team—the Phoenix Coyotes—traded Scott to the Montreal Canadians, who demoted him to the AHL team in an attempt to disqualify him from playing in the All-Star Game. Fans were outraged and Scott was devastated. He’d been downgraded in his job—forced to relocate while his wife was pregnant with twin girls. But the fans wouldn’t back down and insisted the NHL let Scott play in the game. The league relented, and Scott not only was invited to attend the NHL game in Nashville, but was nominated a team captain. The media and sports fans at large fell in love with the giant six-foot-eight player who by all means, was just a normal guy and no superstar player. In a true Cinderella story, Scott scored two goals and was the All-Star Game’s MVP. This is his personal memoir—detailing his life growing up and how he was able to keep his sense of humor and become the ultimate Cinderella-Story of hockey.
 

About John Scott

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John Scott is Professor of Sociology at the University of Plymouth, where he is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research. He is the author of numerous books including Social Theory (2006), Power (2001) and Social Structure (with Jose Lopez, 2000). With James Fulcher he is the author of Sociology (4th edition, 2011) and with Gordon Marshall he edits the Oxford Dictionary of Sociology (3rd edition, 2005). His special areas of interest include social stratification, economic sociology, social network analysis and the history of sociology.
 
Published December 27, 2016 by Howard Books. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Michael Melgaard on Jan 27 2017

...Scott’s view of the situation is detached from the analysis that was going on around him; he didn’t follow the controversy too much, just accepted the vote and refused to be bullied out of the game. His book doesn’t offer much that hasn’t already been said, and so the most interesting parts of the story come before he started making headlines.

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