Scoreboard, Baby by Ken Armstrong
A Story of College Football, Crime, and Complicity

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Winner of the 2011 Edgar Award, Best Crime Fact category

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."
 

About Ken Armstrong

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Perry is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Auckland.
 
Published September 1, 2010 by Bison Books. 400 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Wins accumulated even as star tight end Jerramy Stevens faced rape charges (ultimately dismissed despite a preponderance of evidence against him) and hard-hitting linebacker Jeremiah Pharms faced attempted-murder charges in a drug deal gone wrong (ultimately plea-bargained down to a robbery charg...

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In fact, U.C.L.A.’s current Rick Neuheisel is Rick Neuheisel.

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Oregon Live

When Rick Neuheisel coached the University of Colorado, he called a fake punt against Oregon in the 1996 Cotton Bowl when his team was ahead by 30 points.

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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...

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the domestic abuser, a strong safety who pays a terrible price for being the team’s “designated hitter.” And then, as if to balance out the depressing catalog of crime, two players who weren’t at fault — one who’s bipolar, and another who shows his disloyalty to the football program by prioritizi...

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