A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Beirut

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Beirut is a quirky look at international basketball from Saudi Arabia to Hungary and on to Beirut with an American coach as the guide.

It's hard to coach a team when your players don't show up. Mafi muscula. Hard to make air flights without reservations. Mafi muscula. Can't tape ankles without tape. Why isn't Darrin here from the States yet? Mafi muscula. Can't understand these Hungarian menu forms...we could starve. Mafi muscula. We're ...

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Overview

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Beirut is a quirky look at international basketball from Saudi Arabia to Hungary and on to Beirut with an American coach as the guide.

It's hard to coach a team when your players don't show up. Mafi muscula. Hard to make air flights without reservations. Mafi muscula. Can't tape ankles without tape. Why isn't Darrin here from the States yet? Mafi muscula. Can't understand these Hungarian menu forms...we could starve. Mafi muscula. We're almost out of tea. Mafi muscula. In Arabic, mafi muscula means "no problem." But a better definition is probably: "no problem for ME, big problem for YOU." Saudi Arabia is where mafi musculas start, but they don't end there. From Saudi it's on to a training camp near Budapest then onward to Beirut for the basketball championships of the Eighth Pan Arab Games. Some funny things happen along the way. And there, too.

Author Bio: In addition to coaching and writing in the United States, Pat Stewart has coached basketball in 9 other countries and has traveled around the globe several times. Married, with 2 children, he is currently the National Team coach of the Gulf State of Kuwait.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595094240
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2001

    Highly Humorous Look at Coaching Basketball Overseas

    A fun, highly humorous look at coaching basketball overseas as only Pat Stewart could describe it. His unique sense of humor gives you a roller coaster ride through the adventures of coaching in a foreign country. Especially fun for anybody who has coached, played, or traveled overseas with a basketball team. You will enjoy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2000

    AFTHOTWTB Delivers the Laughs and Then Some

    What a riot! 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Beirut' is packed with laughs from front to back. Coach Stewart's wit and offbeat humor had me in stitches for days. I especially enjoyed Stewart's continued encounters with the inscrutible Middle Eastern mind and their way of dealing with the world. I guarantee anyone a fun read as they journey with Coach Stewart and his atypical basketball squad from the killer camels of Saudi Arabia to the bullet pocked streets of Beirut, with a couple of zany stops in Eastern Europe along the way to add even more spice and wackiness to the saga.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2000

    High hilarity afforded from all angles

    I couldn't put it down for laughing! The narrative style of this book reminded me of James Herriot's 'All Creatures Great and Small' series; only this time the narrator is a basketball coach struggling, against all odds, to lead his mighty band of Arabs on to victory at the Pan Arab Games. The tales are wildly hilarious and offer a unique insider's view to living and (almost) functioning Persian Gulf style. Plus you'll be able to find out why one good Ahmed is almost as good as a Michael Jordan in a pinch. Packed with vivid character studies and all the quirks of daily living--I'm not a basketballer but I still enjoyed the ride and would recommend it to anyone!

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