Life and Sports is a collection of short stories about how sports shape the daily lives and outlooks of four main characters. In "Like Father, Like Son," Carson learns the ins and outs of the game of golf from his father, Frank, but is shocked to learn that his dad won some of his trophies by cheating. Carson has always firmly believed in fair, competitive play \u2014 a lesson he thought he had learned from his father. Now, with a big tournament coming up, Carson is forced to face the unpleasant truth that his father is not the upright idol he had once thought him to be. "Cracked Ice" follows the story of Jamal Booker, a hockey player from the small town of Jackson Wyoming. His father is in jail for armed robbery, so he and his mother are forced to live off her single paycheck. Money is tight, but Jamal's battered hockey equipment is no reflection of his skill, as scouts come from all over to observe his Wayne Gretzky-like skating ability. When he takes a bad hit in a game, Jamal realizes he has to choose between his passion for hockey and his health and family. "Troubled Past" is a story about a boy whose love of baseball is all that remains after the loss of his father. When that love is tested, Johnny turns to his mother for comfort and realizes that she might present just as real of a connection to his father as the game they loved, that is if the story she is telling can be trusted. In "Dribbling Between the Cones," star player Zach Farmer learns the hard way the importance of being a team player. He may be the star of the team, but the star has to shine in a way that makes his whole team brighter.
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