Review: A Sporting Chance : Australian Sporting Scandals and the Path to Redemption

A Sporting Chance : Australian Sporting Scandals and the Path to Redemption
 by Titus O'Reily
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Sporting Chance is a humorous take on sports scandals in Australia, and the ready forgiveness of sports stars ('Good Blokes' all) by Aussie sports fans. It's written by Melbourne's Titus O'Reily, a broadcaster / podcaster / comic / writer and sports aficionado.

This book was a gift from a great friend on our last visit to Australia in 2018, that is only now getting pulled of my pile of "to read" books and getting the attention it deserves.

I found this book quite funny, even though I only knew a slight bit about of a few of the sports stars, and knew nothing about the scandals that O'Reily writes about. The book manages to cover scandals from practically the founding of the country all the way up to the present day. Australia is a sports mad country, maybe even more so than the US if you can believe it. This book is a great way of getting to know some of the history of Aussie sport, and to get a better understanding of Aussie sports fans.

If you'd like to get a flavor for O'Reily's humor / writing style - check out the "About" section of his web site at

While it did help that I've been to Australia several times and had some familiarity with sports there, I think any Australia-phile or sports fan might get a kick out of this book.

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