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  • Published: 29 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143792802
  • Imprint: Penguin Random House Australia Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 8 hr 24 min
  • Narrator: Titus O'Reily
  • RRP: $27.99
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A Sporting Chance

Australian Sporting Scandals and the Path to Redemption




Ridiculous Australian tales of sporting stuff-ups and forgiveness by the bestselling author of A Thoroughly Unhelpful History of Australian Sport.

In Sport, the term ‘good bloke’ doesn't mean what it says. Like ‘fun run’, it in fact often means the exact opposite.

Titus O’Reily, the sports historian Australia neither needs nor deserves, examines why our nation’s sportspeople can do terrible things yet be so readily forgiven.

In this Great Southern Land, a sportsman can be excused almost any sin if he is elevated to the mythical status of being a ‘good bloke’. So, what does it take to earn the title of ‘good bloke’? And can female athletes be good blokes too?

With ridiculous tales from Australia’s 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 corrupt cop who gave us the race that stopped a nation, to the Australian boxing champion who refused to train – not to mention the sandpaper-loving Australian Test cricket team – Titus reveals the key archetypes at the heart of our greatest sporting scandals.

In his own rambling and at times incoherent style he asks the question: are Australians really that forgiving of their sporting heroes? Or, with the rise of social media, women’s sport and the drive towards greater equality, are the good blokes of Australia’s sporting landscape becoming an endangered species?

'An indispensable voice for serious fans, who need to be reminded to take sport a little less seriously.' Inside Sport

  • Published: 29 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143792802
  • Imprint: Penguin Random House Australia Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 8 hr 24 min
  • Narrator: Titus O'Reily
  • RRP: $27.99
Categories:

About the author

Titus O'Reily

Titus O’Reily is a writer, presenter, performer and broadcaster known for capturing the trials and tribulations of being an obsessive sports fan. His commentary and sporting round-ups have attracted over 300k followers on social media.

As well as his own national comedy tours, O’Reily appears on The Front Bar, The Project and is a regular on ABC Radio and NOVA FM. He is in demand as a guest speaker at high-profile events like the AFL Grand Final.

Titus has written four books: A Thoroughly Unhelpful History of Australian Sport (2017), A Sporting Chance (2018), Please Gamble Irresponsibly (2019) and Cheat: The Not-So-subtle Art of Conning Your Way to Sporting Glory (2020).

His unique take on sport has been hailed by some of the most respected figures in sport as 'awful', 'childish' and 'barely comprehensible'. Others say 'hilarious'.

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