ILLEGAL PROCEDURE

A SPORTS AGENT COMES CLEAN ON THE DIRTY BUSINESS OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Former sports agent Luchs uncovers the thinly veiled corruption within big-time college football, as agents do whatever it takes to get stars to the NFL.

In the multibillion-dollar college-sports industry, the agent who is able to befriend the star player, become his “confidant, advisor, and shrink,” will probably end up his agent when he turns pro. This is what Luchs accomplished fairly well for 18 years. Contacting a player early in his college career is illegal, as is paying him money, providing him a car or a condo, paying for vacation trips and covering up his transgressions. As a player neared the NFL draft, Luchs would cook the data on his strength and conditioning, provide him with answers to the Wonderlic IQ test and hire NFL coaches to privately train the young player. The author contends that the majority of sports agents are in on it. College coaches funnel their players to their own agents, sports gurus tout particular players for particular agents and governing agencies like the NCAA and the NFL Players Association turn a blind eye to the corruption all around them. Many of Luchs’ claims will be familiar to sports aficionados, but his book is unique in two ways: He names names, and he writes (assisted by co-author Dale) with humor, honesty and, for a sports agent, a reasonable amount of humility. He changed from a young boy fascinated by sports to a hustler without rules, and in the end found it all “soul-eating”—so he eventually got out. Can big-time sports, especially football, be reformed? Luchs says it can, but not easily. Fundamental changes must occur, including sharing with the players the billions that colleges make off them. A troubling, entertaining indictment of the hypocrisy of big-time sports.

 

Pub Date: April 1, 2012

ISBN: 978-1-60819-720-0

Page Count: 240

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Review Posted Online: Feb. 5, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2012

Did you like this book?

No Comments Yet

A broad and deep look at Japan’s medieval referents, and a capable illustration of a martial art form steeped in rich...

PERSIMMON WIND

A MARTIAL ARTIST'S JOURNEY IN JAPAN

A reflective and entertaining journey through Japan, as the author seeks to reconnect with his martial arts sensei.

Lowry is a student of koryu (not to be confused with kendo), a style of Japanese classical swordsmanship. Koryu is a medieval art, like Noh and the tea ceremony, a style of combat born on the battlefield–but more importantly, it’s a way to address the world (though an esoteric one: Lowry may well be the only American practicing the art in the United States). Indeed, present-day practitioners refrain from exercising its fatal possibilities. Lowry’s sensei left the U.S. to return to Japan, urging Lowry to follow. Though his life headed in a different direction, he never forgot his training–when the time was ripe, he journeyed to Japan to join his sensei. The narrative revolves around this pivotal decision, and it provides a warm center from which the author expounds on such topics as the glories of a Japanese bath; the evolution of the Samurai caste; the peculiarities of Japanese landscape architecture; the elements of proper sandal-tying; the custom of the premarital shenanigans called yobai; and the teachings of mikkyo Buddhism. He also includes the vital story of the sword–what it reveals about Japanese life and technology, social structure and aesthetic values, etiquette, apprenticeship and the process of education. Lowry’s seriousness lends an earnest cast to the proceedings, but he’s not without a sense of humor–commenting upon his accomplished slurping of noodles, a friend’s wife notes, “He really sucks!”

A broad and deep look at Japan’s medieval referents, and a capable illustration of a martial art form steeped in rich tradition.

Pub Date: Sept. 7, 2005

ISBN: 1-890536-10-5

Page Count: -

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: May 23, 2010

Did you like this book?

No Comments Yet

A book that will help everyone feel good at the end of the sporting day.

THE RUDY IN YOU

A GUIDE TO BUILDING TEAMWORK, FAIR PLAY, AND GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP FOR YOUNG ATHLETES, PARENTS, AND COACHES

An uplifting guide to sportsmanship. The subtitle says it all.

Using the example of Ruettiger, whose experience as a Notre Dame football walk-on inspired the 1994 film, Rudy, the authors rail against disrespectful behavior in sports, at any level. They argue that kids, parents and coaches are part of a matrix that can either create a joyful youth sports environment, or a nasty stew of overweening pride, gross expectations and antisocial behavior. With an old school bluntness, they plainly state how participants should act: Kids should have a clear sense of what they want to do, develop strategies for achieving their goals, listen and learn, show respect to all, cultivate a strong work ethic, be positive and helpful and trustworthy, and finally, be patient. Parents should be involved, too, but should always "remember to be the adults. Let the kids be kids." This means not projecting your own aspirations onto your children, while encouraging self-esteem and confidence. Coaches must know their sport (even if they are only volunteers), exemplify personal excellence, challenge the kids, earn their trust, be open to feedback and get everyone involved. The authors’ straightforward advice may seem obvious, but Phillips, Leddy and Ruettiger go further, providing solid examples of how to put these principles into practice. And for all the character building, they also appreciate that kids just want to have fun.

A book that will help everyone feel good at the end of the sporting day.

Pub Date: Sept. 22, 2005

ISBN: 1-58348-764-6

Page Count: -

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: May 27, 2010

Did you like this book?

No Comments Yet
more