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Dale Cooper arrived in tiny Invincible, Indiana determined to coach his way to a better job. He never bargained for a clueless principal, a bitter star, a racist point guard, and a town fiercely proud of 49 consecutive seasons of finishing exactly .500. When it becomes apparent to Dale that neither the town nor his players have any interest in winning, he devises a way to ...more
Kindle Edition, 257 pages
(first published November 3rd 2011)
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This was a county wide reading selection that shed some light on the continuing debate regarding the classification championships used by Indiana in basketball (and some other team sports). The author is an obvious proponent of the single championship that ended in 1997. (Since I agree with the author, I put forth this rhetorical question: Why not a similar classification for other sports such as swimming?) Anyway, I found the writing simplified and the story a close version of "Hoosiers" and ...more
May 09, 2016 Tina Denson rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Just in time for the tournament, this is Hoosier Hysteria come to life. More importantly Dunlevy touches on the inner workings of small town America and what sometimes happens when you never leave home. It is also a fairytale where the magic of the game can slay the big bad dragons ..racism, status quo, atrophy, fear. As unrealistic and poetically waxing as this book was at times I truly liked it and I miss, the single tourney and the dream of what it stands for in small gyms, playgrounds, dirt ...more
Fantastic read. It's intelligent, unpredictable, and altogether hard to put down. I've been following the author since he started a local Indiana sports blog and while his blogging skills are second to none it's great to see him take his writing to a new level with this very enjoyable novel. I highly recommend it.