Many of us only noticed the latest NFL scandal when we saw a trending hashtag, #DeflateGate, on social media. With the Super Bowl fast approaching (sometime in February…maybe?) we thought we would round up a collection of materials on past sports scandals and on the intersection of sports and literature.
In this triumphantly funny, deeply searching novel, Don DeLillo explores the metaphor of football as war with rich, original zeal.
Filled with mind-blowing details of major NCAA football scandals, The System explores and exposes the complex, and perhaps broken, machine that churns behind the glamour of college football.
Explores questions like: Did baseball avoid integration in the 1930s and 1940s with an unwritten agreement? Why did Michael Jordan really retire from basketball the first time? Did the New England Patriots cheat their way to a dynasty? What really happened at the 1921 Kentucky Derby?
Ring of Deceit is the true story of this lavish sports and entertainment kingdom, the high-rolling lifestyle of the people who ran it, and the staggering secret crime on which it was based.
Return once again to the timeless account of the Permian Panthers of Odessa–the winningest high-school football team in Texas history. H. G. Bissinger chronicles a season in the life of Odessa and shows how single-minded devotion to the team shapes the community and inspires–and sometimes shatters–the teenagers who wear the Panthers’ uniforms.
An All-Pro line-up of writers including Red Smith, Frank Deford, Jimmy Breslin, George Plimpton, Richard Price, Jeanne Marie Laskas, Charles Pierce, Michael Lewis, and Roy Blount Jr. tackle our most popular pastime.