We love watching them lead their teams to victory, sure. But athletes and coaches also happen to be some of the most colorful, quotable people on the planet—and this season there’s a host of new books by and about them that make for shocking reads. From Lance Armstrong doping in front of Sheryl Crow to basketball legend Dr. J’s candid account of how one of his kids was conceived (hint: it involves orthodontics), we’ve rounded up the most wow-worthy excerpts from coaches’ and athletes’ hot new books and the interviews they’ve given about them.
Usain Bolt’s McNugget addiction
“At first I ate a box of 20 for lunch, then another for dinner. The next day I had two boxes for breakfast, one for lunch and then another couple in the evening. I even grabbed some fries and an apple pie to go with it.”
– From “Faster Than Lightning,” by Usain Bolt. Before winning gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Jamaican sprinter downed more than 1,000 McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets.
Bobby Orr on fighting in professional hockey
“We don’t need fighting in the game to survive. But we do need that fear of getting beat up if you don’t behave yourself, or if you’re trying to take liberties with a player who doesn’t play like that.”
Lance Armstrong doped in front of Sheryl Crow
“Rather than try to hide the transfusion from her, Armstrong was completely open about it. He trusted that Crow would have no desire to tell the press or anyone else about the team’s doping program. He explained that it was simply part of the sport–that all cyclists were doing the same thing.”
Rick Pitino on coaching into his golden years
“I’m not sure I can get to it. I’d like to get to it. The one thing I know is I’m not thinking about it. I’m thinking about the one day. And I’m enjoying it now as much as any period in my life, which is great.”
5. Dr. J LP
How Dr. J fathered a daughter out of wedlock
“She becomes someone who helps me unwind if I’m feeling high-strung or stressed. I can drive over and spend a relaxing evening that might even include oral sex. I can only remember one time that we actually had intercourse, and that was because she had just gotten this new orthodontia to straighten her teeth. With wire and gleaming metal bristling in her mouth, oral sex was not an option.”