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From the Rocky Mountain News

Cheaters prosper Contrast coverage of Briscoe, Romo: Media sends the wrong message

Two drug-abusing former Denver Broncos have "written" autobiographies (with assistance from professional writers). One of those books, Romo: My Life on the Edge - Living Dreams and Slaying Dragons, "by" linebacker Bill Romanowski, has received major sales-boosting publicity from local and national media during the past week. The other book is one that you've probably never heard of: The First Black Quarterback: Marlin Briscoe's Journey to Break the Color Barrier and Start in the NFL (with Bob Schaller). The differing media treatment of these two books says a lot about what's wrong with sports coverage these days. Read Entire Review ______________

Indianapolis Star-News

Olympic Adversity  Inspires Author By NELSON PRICE Columnist 
  Bob Schaller's Olympic books are collections of essays by athletes and coaches. Their reflections were derived from interviews with Schaller.  Now that his Olympic books are finished, he has embarked on a massive project: The X-Country Adventures, featuring a teen-age brother and sister detective team. Read Full Story





Attention for new book keeps coming

(from the Associated Press and Time Magazine) He learned at the knee of his bookmaking father in New York, took street bets in his teens and partied with Las Vegas high-rollers. He made millions of dollars as a self-described offshore sports gambling "pioneer," flirted with Internet gambling and was pinched by the FBI. That's the story of Steve Budin, who saw his life come crashing down when he was arrested in 1998 in the first-ever U.S. prosecution of Internet sports betting. His life is detailed in his new book, "Bets, drugs and Rock and Roll." Released in early October, the book has been ranked among the most popular books on Amazon. Read Entire Review

Gardner's win replayed on NBC; "Never stop pushing" reviewed by Associated Press


Gardner book takes readers to new heights with gold medal

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) -Rulon Gardner is plain-spoken and forthright. You can feel rural Wyoming in him.  He apologizes for taking too much of a reporter's time, when in reality he takes less than usual because there is no need to peel back layers to get at the man beneath the Olympic and world-champion wrestler. He laughs easily and jokes about his roots. Gardner is also quick to correct an easy misstatement - he didn't write a book, he co-wrote it.Even if it is more credit than Gardner is willing to take, his voice and his values saturate the book, "Never Stop Pushing," co-written with author Bob Schaller. "When you're in school growing up, you have teachers who sit and read to these kids, and what better opportunity to sit and read a story - one that's not fake. It's not a dreaming story. It's not Harry Potter. It's a real-life story, with glorious moments to horrific moments, including the frostbite - and what better way to show kids their potential than with a real-life story?" Gardner said. Real life is what the book, and Gardner himself, do well. "Never Stop Pushing" chronicles Gardner's life.More


Sports Writer 
 Not all Bedlam games are pure. 
Steve Budin, the author of "Bets, Drugs, and Rock and Roll," says the 1954 Bedlam game could be the most famous game the mob ever fixed. 
It is a cautionary tale. 
According to the book, the mob used a colorless, tasteless, odorless liquid laxative to spike the soup at the hotel Oklahoma was staying. The laxative was meant only for horses and not humans. 
The 6-foot-8, 270 lb. Tony Fingers was sent in beforehand to rough up the cook. Tony slapped the cook around and scared him pretty good, Budin writes. Then Tony gave the cook the laxative and a couple hundred dollars for his trouble. 
When the players began to eat the soup, they began to defecate immediately and some of the players didn't stop until three days later. 
The Oklahoma Sooners were left to field a team with only 20 players — only those who did not eat the soup. 
Football players played both offense and defense back then. If the game was played today it might have been called off. 
Oklahoma was a 20-point favorite over Oklahoma State, but with only 20 players, Oklahoma struggled to win 14-0 over the Cowboys, not quite covering the point spread, and the fix was secured. Read More


Aberdeen (S.D.)American-News

A trek through South Dakota          By Don Hall

Arts and Entertainment  The Arlingtons -- mother Anne, father Alex, daughter Ashley(17), son Adam(16)-- from Washington, D.C., are vacationing in the Black Hills. At Crazy Horse Monument’s gift shop, Ashley spends $50 of her baby sitting money for an original copy of Mari Sandoz’s biography of the Indian warrior. The sales clerk tells Ashley, “One of the elders from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation got a box of these books when they were printed way, way back. The man died in 1945, and his family boxed up his belongings and left them in a garage on the reservation." One page will change lives.

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