Cover art for A Sporting Chance
Michael Joseph, October 2018
Softcover, 336 pages
23.4cm × 15.3cm

A Sporting Chance Australian Sporting Scandals and the Pathto Redemption

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In sport, the term good bloke doesn't mean what it says. Like fun run, it often actually means exactly the opposite. Titus OReily, the sports historian Australia neither needs nor deserves, examines why our nations sportspeople are so readily forgiven for doing terrible things.

With ridiculous tales from Australias chequered sporting history, A Sporting Chance dissects the scandals big and small, the mistakes made in covering them up and the path athletes tread back to redemption. From the Essendon supplements saga and the sandpaper-loving Australian cricket team to whatever it is Nick Kyrgios has done now, Titus reveals the archetypes at the heart of our greatest sporting scandals.

Theres the corrupt cop who gave us the race that stopped a nation and the boxing champion who refused to train. Theres the cashed-up businessmen who bankrupted clubs and the commentators who cant get their foot out of their mouth. And of course theres the good blokes, like Wayne Carey, Matthew Johns and Shane Warne, who it seems well forgive for absolutely anything.

In his rambling and at times incoherent style, Titus asks the question: are Australians really that forgiving of their sporting heroes? With the rise of social media, womens sport and the drive towards greater equality, are the good blokes of Australias sporting landscape an endangered species?

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