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


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The adjectives associated with the University of Washingtons 2000 football season—mystical, magical, miraculous—changed when Ken Armstrong and Nick Perrys 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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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 journalisms 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 is a three-time winner of the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award and a four-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. 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 states 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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David Hirning, October 28, 2012 (view all comments by David Hirning)
I must admit to having mixed feelings reading this book, since I grew up in Seattle a huge Washington Huskies football fan, and remain one today. I rooted hard for the team through the glory years of the Don James era, when the Huskies were perennially one of the top 10 or so programs in the country (the events that are the focus of this book came 5-7 years after James retired, but he set the standard that all future teams try to live up to). Although I didn't attend UW, I am perhaps just as rabid a fan as any alum--you could even argue that my fandom is more "pure" since Husky sports is really my only true connection to the university.

At the same time, I have long acknowledged the corruption inherent in big-time college athletics--football wags the dog at the UW and dozens of other schools across the country. There is too much money at stake, too many jobs and livelihoods and budgets on the line, and no real hope of reforming the system. The abuses documented in this book, while unfortunate, are no different than what goes on at many other Division I football programs. What happened at Penn State with the horrible crimes of Jerry Sandusky and the resulting cover up is just one more sad chapter in this larger story. Does that make any of what this book documents excusable? No. Just reality.

So cheer for old State U. if you want. Just realize what you are supporting, because for every glorious gridiron moment there is a not-so-pretty incident or outcome that often goes unnoticed and uncelebrated. Until someone writes a book like this.
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Armstrong, Ken
Bison Books
Perry, Nick
Football - General
Football -- Corrupt practices -- United States.
Washington Huskies (Football team)
Sports and Fitness-Football General
Sports and Fitness-Sports General
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