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|Title||:||When Winning Costs Too Much: Steroids, Supplements, and Scandal in Today's Sports World|
|Number of Pages||:||352 Pages|
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When Winning Costs Too Much: Steroids, Supplements, and Scandal in Today's Sports World Reviews
DNF at 136 pages.Even if I didn't disagree with large portions of this book, I still couldn't imagine most people finding it useful. Big chunks of the text (I'd estimate almost half) consist of bulleted lists of examples that support the author's point - the lists tend to be redundant and go on far longer than they need to. The result is that the authors spend a lot of time establishing that a particular phenomenon exists, but almost no time in describing the causes or the implications of this phenomenon. Because of this, the book feels almost childishly basic, spending little time on the complexities and gray areas of these problems and their solutions. Everything is just a little too clear-cut here, giving me the impression that the authors just weren't very connected to the realities of sports.Additionally, the book is very unfocused. The title and summary suggest that it's going to focus on two things: steroids, and the win-at-all costs mentality. So it's pretty surprising when, after the first half of the book, there's basically no further discussion of steroid use, instead focusing on other problems with sports (such as deaths by heat strokes and referees being assaulted by coaches and fans).* It also alternates between focusing on professional-level and high school-level sports, making it difficult to identify exactly where the authors are trying to enact change. Finally, the authors put surprisingly little time and effort into deconstructing and dismantling the win-at-all-costs mentality. They even seem to accept it as a simple fact of life, suggesting that cheating will always happen and the only thing we can do is make it more difficult, an idea I completely disagree with. Instead, the authors take the far less convincing route of blaming steroid use (and other issues in sports) primarily on America's 'moral decline' and the decay of 'family values'. I guess if you buy into that rhetoric, you might get some satisfaction from reading this book, but frankly, I think it does these issues a disservice to blame them on something so subjective and abstract. I got the distinct impression that the authors believed most problems in the world could be traced to the decay of family values, and they seem to believe that they don't have to explain why things like divorce lead to steroid use - they simply see it as self-explanatory. To give you an idea of how far this goes, this book is explicitly pro-life, despite the fact that it has nothing to do with abortion. The authors draw a connection between the belief that abortion is okay and the prevalence of steroid use and other cheating, without explaining that connection at all.There is accurate information in this book, and if you're doing research on outlandish stories of violence and mayhem in sporting events, this book contains quite a few lists you'll find useful. But if you're looking for a comprehensive look at the causes and solutions to steroid use, I would find something else.*In case you're wondering how I got to the second half of the book when I abandoned it so early - I read this book for research purposes, so I skipped around reading the chapters that had information I needed, so I've effectively sampled every part of the book.
When Winning Costs Too Much is a great book that not only covers anabolic steroids and supplements but concussions, fair play, sportsmanship, officiating, media, and authority surrounding sports. I really like the presentation and logic of the arguments presented by the authors, and clearly, they have literally hit the spot. It makes total sense to me, and I agree with everything. I just got a better idea. Why not just give out a lifetime ban from any sport to anybody for the first drug offense? I guarantee you that the players are going to immediately clean up their behaviors, and guess what...the number of fans will actually increase. On the other hand, I can't believe that the authors decided to include George W. Bush, Carl Lewis, and Myles Brand as proponents against the issues of anabolic steroids and unethical behaviors. Before Bush was the President of United States, he was the owner of the Texas Rangers that included Jose Canseco, Ivan Rodriguez, Rafael Palmeiro, and Alex Rodriguez who were taking anabolic steroids during that period. There is no way that he couldn't have known what was going on. And also, his father hired Arnold Schwarzenegger, a major user of steroids during his bodybuilding days, to be the chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Carl Lewis, the supposed victim of the scandal that Ben Johnson caused in 1988 Olympics, actually failed drug tests which were all covered up by Olympics officials because he was from USA whereas Ben Johnson was from Canada. Myles Brand was the president of Indiana University and became the president of NCAA. From 2002 to 2009, Brand saw NCAA football and basketball to be billion dollar companies where lack of discipline and punishment had run rampant. So, if Myles Brand was the president and he preached so much about ethics, so why didn't he do anything to curb the problem? You know how much he was paid for a year? At least $895,000...I'll bet a lot of that money was in form of bribery to keep his mouth shut and look in the other way. Oh...get out of my face, and stop playing the hypocrite. After the solutions are presented in the book, they do deserve merit. But, let's be real...nothing is ever going to happen because the almighty dollar will always rule. I loved the interview between the author and a referee, and it was a side that I never knew before. There's an outstanding story on Mike Hall, a powerlifter from Delaware. Meanwhile, I wished that the authors would denounce ESPN for being one of the biggest culprits to the problems facing sports today. All in all, When Winning Costs Too Much is a great insight of what's really happening in sports, academics, and society, and after five years, nothing has changed.