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The Hundred Yard Lie by Rick Telander
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Apr 03, 2012

really liked it
Read from March 13 to April 03, 2012

The Hundred Yard Lie is a dated polemic, but it's no less cogent in 2012 than it was in 1990. The factual information that Telander (a former star cornerback at Northwestern) provides is actually quite interesting from a historical standpoint (the steroid ordeals of Tommy Chaikin and Tony Mandarich, the miseducation of players like Paul Palmer at Temple, the tendentious takedowns of trite claims that various coaches were "father figures," etc.), and his proposed solution, while impossible to implement, makes perfect sense: a "junior football league" based at the major football universities, where players earn salaries as well as college scholarships that they can cash in whenever they'd like, operated alongside an expanded Division III-style "college football division" that comprises the remaining universities. The "Stretching" recollections between chapters are interesting little pieces, but they don't amount to much or add much to Telander's narrative.

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