This may be one of the more controversial memoirs written by an athlete. O.J. Simpson’s life was not always that way, but things took a crazy turn when he met his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson. The book starts out when the two first meet. Simpson was still married to his first wife and Nicole was a barely legal waitress. Throughout the book, OJ recounts the up and down relationship constantly reminding the reader how much he loves her. When he finally does get to the day of the murder, it is chilling to hear how he “would have” killed her. He tells you that he had a knife, that his clothes were bloody, that he saw Ron and Nicole lay there dead, and that he rushed home to take a shower and get rid of the bloody clothing. It almost seems like he is mocking us by admitting to all those events, but saying he can’t remember how the clothes became bloody. It is a very interesting tale that shows how a picture perfect marriage can go so horribly wrong. I am sure that they did fight, but to make accusations against a person who cannot defend themselves is just wrong. Throughout the book, Simpson constantly pushes the idea that Nicole was hanging around a ‘rough’ crowd and insinuating that she was addicted to drugs. I wouldn’t recommend reading this only because it is extremely biased and it seems like Simpson is looking for sympathy for being ‘framed’. No matter which way you stood on the trial’s outcome, this book does not help make things any clearer.
If you can get passed the bare bottom on the back cover, you are surprisingly in for a really honest look at the NBA during the early 90s. What makes this account unique is that it is from the perspective of a player who was not the “Golden Child” at the time, but instead an outcast. Most people remember Rodman for the his hair colors, outrageous outfits, or the fact that he married himself. However, many people do forget just how good he actually was. He wasn’t the scoring machine or the guy you would want to take the last shot in a tied game, but he is the guy who would get the rebound to set up that last shot for the superstar to take. The book takes a look at all aspects of Rodman’s life including his childhood and his extremely infamous relationship with Madonna. Imagine they had a reality show? Who wouldn’t want to know their every day life. Well, Rodman gives a glimpse into it and he doesn’t hold much back. From giving sexual details to the real reason they broke it off, Rodman puts it all out there. In a different aspect, you see the human aspect of him. It always seemed like he wanted to be a character, but he was actually a very accepting and giving person. Its just that no one wanted to ever believe that so it was never made public. In the book, he talks about Magic Johnson’s decision to still play after announcing he was HIV positive, admitting that he could not understand why players like Karl Malone refused to play side by side with him. He admits that he wanted to play Johnson just as tough as he had before and he shaved the AIDS ribbon into his scalp in support of him and those struggling with the disease. He also admits that even though he didn’t have his own foundation or put his name on a charity it was because he wanted to go out there and help the people struggling. He would walk around the stadium and pass out money or tickets to the homeless, especially in Detroit. Probably the most interesting thing that he reveals is that he didn’t pick up a basketball until he was already in his twenties and he only went to a junior college after a recruiter pushed him to go. This book was definitely interesting as is everything with Dennis Rodman, even the way it is written keeps your attention. There are some lines that are bolded, some that are smaller, and some quotes that take up entire pages, but what did you expect? Twelve point Times New Roman the entire way? This is definitely worth reading especially to see which players garnered his respect and which ones he describes as overrated.
I have some big news concerning the SportsAsToldByAGirl. In an effort to stand out from other sports blogs, I have decided to incorporate a brand new aspect to the site! So what exactly is it? Well I have started noticing a trend of athletes writing memoirs. Normally I just look past these books as most of their stories have been told time and time again. However, I feel that I am not giving them a fair chance of explaining things their way. So starting tomorrow I will start reading all different types of athlete memoirs and giving my opinion on the book and what I took away from it. This is my projected order of books:
I would greatly appreciate it if anyone has any suggestions for other books I should look into that they would leave the name in the Comments section!