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The Last Amateurs by John Feinstein
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Jan 28, 12

bookshelves: sports
Recommended for: basketball enthusiasts.
Read from November 01, 2011 to January 28, 2012, read count: 1

I do like Feinstein's writings on sports and sports culture. I was really impressed with his survey of a year behind the scenes at the Baltimore Ravens, Next Man Up: A Year Behind the Lines in Today's NFL. This tract, concerning the trials and tribulations of basketball teams in the hardly-recognized Patriot League, feature similar themes: overcoming adversity in the midst of difficult situations, playing as the underdog in the grand scheme of college basketball, and great personal stories of players, coaches, and administrators. Ultimately, the thrust of the book gets lost, as it is very difficult to follow the lives of seven college teams. The narratives and the descriptions of the games themselves do get somewhat tiring 3/4 of the way through the book.

Nonetheless, worth reading, particularly the bits about underattended games, long bus rides, the fact that some schools had athletic scholarships to give and some didn't, and that the league is home to two military academices, Army and Navy.
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