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Sports heroes, fallen idols /
Stanley H. Teitelbaum.
imprint
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2005.
description
xiii, 283 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0803244452 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780803244450 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2005.
isbn
0803244452 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780803244450 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Introduction -- The need for heroes -- The psyche of the athlete -- Baseball gambling scandals -- Football gambling scandals -- Basketball gambling scandals -- Self-destructive athletes -- Athletes and violence toward women -- Athletes and murder -- Violence between athletes -- Athletes' mental health problems -- Epilogue.
catalogue key
5498085
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 249-263) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Stanley H. Teitelbaum is a practicing psychotherapist
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2006-02-01:
The title is misleading, since Teitelbaum discusses neither heroes nor idols. His book is mainly a straightforward chronicle of various misdeeds by professional and collegiate athletes in the major sports. Often unfocused, it includes such topics as race and sport, violence by nonathlete women against male athletes, and deaths of athletes caused by heart conditions or the unintentional ingestion of supplements. Teitelbaum seems to update Jeff Benedict and Don Yaeger's Pros and Cons: The Criminals Who Play in the NFL (1998) and to extend it by including sports besides football. He often quotes from Pros and Cons while ignoring more important questions of why athletes break the law or whether their crime rate is higher than that of the general population. Teitelbaum contents himself to simply record the wide variety of problems encountered by mostly male athletes. While useful for its data, his book lacks insight into meaningful causes for the behavior of athletes. ^BSumming Up: Optional. General readers; lower-division undergraduates. D. M. Furst San Jose State University
Reviews
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"Drugs, gambling, domestic abuse, even-occasionally-murder-all are part of the day-to-day existence of the world-class athletes profiled in this sobering account by psychotherapist and lifetime sports lover Teitelbaum. . . .While Teitelbaum does cite 'an erosion of morality and ethical behavior in the public sector,' he is not a moralist, but objective and unsympathetic in his detailed examination of the foibles, compulsions and pathologies of the men and women many fans still idolize."-Publishers Weekly
"Stanley Teitelbaum's volume,Sports Heroes, Fallen Idols,is a thoroughly researched book full of entertaining stories about the underbelly of sports."Max Kellerman, TV & Radio Personality
"Stanley Teitelbaum''s volume, Sports Heroes, Fallen Idols is a thoroughly researched book full of entertaining stories about the underbelly of sports."-Max Kellerman, TV & radio personality
"Stanley Teitelbaum's volume, Sports Heroes, Fallen Idols, is a thoroughly researched book full of entertaining stories about the underbelly of sports."Max Kellerman, TV & Radio Personality
"Teitelbaum writes persuasively that sports stars have much to answer for. . . . An even-handed, practical argument that athletes must be guided by decency and held accountable for their actionsand that fans need to get a life, or at least a dose of reality."Kirkus Reviews
"Teitelbaum writes persuasively that sports stars have much to answer for. . . . An even-handed, practical argument that athletes must be guided by decency and held accountable for their actionsand that fans need to get a life, or at least a dose of reality." Kirkus Reviews
"Teitelbaum writes persuasively that sports stars have much to answer for. . . . An even-handed, practical argument that athletes must be guided by decency and held accountable for their actions-and that fans need to get a life, or at least a dose of reality."-Kirkus Reviews
"Stanley Teitelbaum's volume,Sports Heroes, Fallen Idols,is a thoroughly researched book full of entertaining stories about the underbelly of sports."-Max Kellerman, TV & Radio Personality
"Drugs, gambling, domestic abuse, even-occasionally-murder-all are part of the day-to-day existence of the world-class athletes profiled in this sobering account by psychotherapist and lifetime sports lover Teitelbaum. . . .While Teitelbaum does cite 'an erosion of morality and ethical behavior in the public sector,' he is not a moralist, but objective and unsympathetic in his detailed examination of the foibles, compulsions and pathologies of the men and women many fans still idolize."Publishers Weekly
"Drugs, gambling, domestic abuse, even-occasionally-murder-all are part of the day-to-day existence of the world-class athletes profiled in this sobering account by psychotherapist and lifetime sports lover Teitelbaum. . . .While Teitelbaum does cite 'an erosion of morality and ethical behavior in the public sector,' he is not a moralist, but objective and unsympathetic in his detailed examination of the foibles, compulsions and pathologies of the men and women many fans still idolize." Publishers Weekly
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Summaries
Main Description
On the court and on the field, they are the world's winners, exhibiting a natural grace and prowess their adoring fans can only dream about. Yet so often, when off the field, our sports heroes lose: their perspective, their balance, their place. In a work as timely as the latest fracas on the basketball court or the most recent drug-induced scandal in the dugout, Stanley H. Teitelbaum looks into the circumstances behind so many star athletes' precipitous fall from grace. Why, he asks, do these sports heroes who seem to have it all also seem, increasingly, to have a superhuman proclivity for self-destruction? In his psychotherapy practice, Teitelbaum has worked extensively with professional athletes and sports agents-work he draws on here for insight into the psyche of sports figures as well as the off-the-field challenges they face. Considering both historical and current cases, he shows how, in many instances, the very factors that elevate athletes to superstardom can contribute to their downfall: the adulation of fans and obsessive attention of the media and the distorted self-image and personal demons that often accompany a headlong drive to succeed. An evenhanded and honest look at athletes who have faltered, Teitelbaum's work helps us see past our sports stars' exalted image into what that image-and its frailty-says about our society and ourselves. Stanley H. Teitelbaum is a practicing psychotherapist. He is faculty and senior supervisor at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health and the Training Institute for Mental Health, both in New York, and the Contemporary Center for Advanced Psychoanalytic Studies in New Jersey.
Main Description
On the court and on the field, they are the world's winners, exhibiting a natural grace and prowess their adoring fans can only dream about. Yet so often, when off the field, our sports heroes lose: their perspective, their balance, their place. In a work as timely as the latest fracas on the basketball court or the most recent drug-induced scandal in the dugout, Stanley H. Teitelbaum looks into the circumstances behind so many star athletes' precipitous fall from grace. Why, he asks, do these sports heroes who seem to have it all also seem, increasingly, to have a superhuman proclivity for self-destruction? In his psychotherapy practice, Teitelbaum has worked extensively with professional athletes and sports agents--work he draws on here for insight into the psyche of sports figures as well as the off-the-field challenges they face. Considering both historical and current cases, he shows how, in many instances, the very factors that elevate athletes to superstardom can contribute to their downfall: the adulation of fans and obsessive attention of the media and the distorted self-image and personal demons that often accompany a headlong drive to succeed. An evenhanded and honest look at athletes who have faltered, Teitelbaum's work helps us see past our sports stars' exalted image into what that image--and its frailty--says about our society and ourselves.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Stanley Teitelbaum explores the circumstances behind so many star athletes' precipitous fall from grace and looks beyond their exalted image to what it says about our society and ourselves. Teitelbaum is a psychotherapist who has worked with sports stars and athletes in his practice.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
The Need for Heroesp. 1
The Psyche of the Athletep. 17
Baseball Gambling Scandalsp. 33
Football Gambling Scandalsp. 58
Basketball Gambling Scandalsp. 69
Self-Destructive Athletesp. 101
Athletes and Violence toward Womenp. 138
Athletes and Murderp. 178
Violence between Athletesp. 197
Athletes' Mental Health Problemsp. 220
Epiloguep. 240
Notesp. 249
Indexp. 265
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