Hands down, this was the best $6.95 I've ever spent. My only regret is not reading it five years ago when the advice in the book could have helped outHands down, this was the best $6.95 I've ever spent. My only regret is not reading it five years ago when the advice in the book could have helped out a lot more.
Now that I think about it, I probably wasn't ready and in the right state of mind back then to have put this book to good use which brings me to my review's main point; as long as you keep an open and humble mind while reading this, it will help change your life for the better. How much for the better? That is up to you. But if you read it wanting to learn and improve, then you will, at the very least, find one thing in it that will help you in your way to become a better person.
If you're one of the people lucky who have everything figured out, then you will probably won't enjoy it as much or even read it in the first place. Just know (Semi-spoiler coming up!) that you'll miss out (among many other helpful hints) on instructions on how to have your very own advisory council with some of the greatest men that have ever lived!
Bill Simmons, aka "The Sportsguy" (I hope he didn't give himself that nickname), really loves the Celtics. I mean, I always knew from reading his artiBill Simmons, aka "The Sportsguy" (I hope he didn't give himself that nickname), really loves the Celtics. I mean, I always knew from reading his articles on ESPN.com that he was a Boston homer, but I didn't know that he loved the Celtics so much that he would dedicate three years of his life to write a book that should have been titled "The Bible of Beantown Basketball (With the Occasional Talk of Non-Boston Related Items to Spice Things Up)".
But once you get past the Russell and Auerbach and Bird and McHale and Walton and the rest of the '86 Celtics love fest--which is pretty much 80% of the book--you're left with the sometimes coherent, and most of the time entertaining, ramblings of a self-professed basketball junkie.
Now I know some people will be turned off by Simmons' writing style, which consists of a healthy amount of pop-culture references in addition to the many stories of the debauchery that he and his merry band of buddies took part of in their good old days. But I'm ok with it. He doesn't try to be and write like an accomplished journalist or author which is something that he's clearly not. It seems to me that his purpose behind writing this book was to write to write a book about basketball that not only educated the reader but also entertained. And for the most part it did.
So to wrap things up, if you're a fan of the sport, and you've read a couple of Simmons' ESPN articles without having the urge to strangle him afterwards, than more than likely you'll enjoy this book. ...more
I kinda got a more epic and slightly more serious version of a Latin-tinged "Catch-22" vibe while reading this, hence the five stars. This book also hI kinda got a more epic and slightly more serious version of a Latin-tinged "Catch-22" vibe while reading this, hence the five stars. This book also holds the distinction of being the first library book that I've ever had to pay late fee for. It's not that I speed read--I do read pretty fast but I only read when... you know--or am OCD about returning them on time. I just used to never go to the library. Ever. But that was then. Now I go so often that the crazy homeless guy who bathes him self in the restroom recognizes me. And I know what you're thinking. No, I don't know if he reads when he's on the can. ...more