Recommended Reading

Anyone who has read these rants for more than a little while has to realize that I enjoy reading Scott Ostler’s columns in the SF Chronicle and that I often use his wit and wisdom as a closing line. This morning, I finished reading a book he wrote called How To Cheat In Sports. It was a quick and enjoyable read…

What he did was to interview folks in the sports world on the subject of cheating – - and how it is done. This is not a morality play; this is more of homage to reality. People cheat at sports to gain an edge; here are some of the ways they do that cheating.

This is a quick and easy book to read. It can be done in a weekend; I know this because I started it on Saturday around noon and finished it with my coffee on Monday morning.

I am not suggesting that you read the book to become a cheat. I am suggesting you read the book because it is interesting and entertaining.

Here is a link to one of the places where you can get How To Cheat In Sports

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  • Kurt Weber  On January 30, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    The Ostler book brings to mind a scholarly paper in which the concept of whether sports build character was meta-analyzed. I recall that the main conclusion drawn was that sports can indeed facilitate character, provided the player had a sufficient number of positive role models that acted in such a manner as to promote character through their actions and example.

    Should you wish to view it, the article is the first thing that appears with a search including the words “Doty,” “sports” and “character.”

    Cheers and thanks!

    Kurt Weber

  • The Sports Curmudgeon  On January 30, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Kurt Weber:

    That sounds like a scholarly paper that deals with important issues regarding the potential importance of sports in society. That is not what Scott Ostler’s book is all about.

    He looks at “cheating” as something that happens and puts no moral stamp on that fact. Now that he considers it as fact, the book goes about explaining how the “cheaters” ply their trade.

  • Daryl Orts  On February 1, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Though I haven’t read the Ostler book, I can enthusiastically recommend a book along a similar theme:

    The Cheater’s Guide to Baseball, by Derek Zumsteg

    Derek is a brilliant writer and is one of the creators of the leading Seattle Mariners blog –

  • The Sports Curmudgeon  On February 3, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Daryl Orts:

    Welcome aboard.

    I am not familiar with the book you recommended. I shall keep an eye out for it.

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