Pacific Rims: Beermen Ballin' in Flip-Flops and the Philippines' UnlikelyLove Affair with Basketball [NOOK Book]

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A young man's journey through the Philippines' most unlikely obsession: basketball.

In Pacific Rims, Rafe Bartholemew, journalist, New Yorker, and veteran baller, ventures through the Philippines to investigate the country's love of ...
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Pacific Rims: Beermen Ballin' in Flip-Flops and the Philippines' UnlikelyLove Affair with Basketball

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Overview

A young man's journey through the Philippines' most unlikely obsession: basketball.

In Pacific Rims, Rafe Bartholemew, journalist, New Yorker, and veteran baller, ventures through the Philippines to investigate the country's love of basketball.

From street corners where diehards fashion hoops out of old car parts to the professional league where politicians exploit team loyalties to win elections, Pacific Rims gets the story-and gets in the game.


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  • Rafe Bartholomew
    Rafe Bartholomew  

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101187913
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 687,556
  • File size: 491 KB

Meet the Author

Rafe Bartholomew is an assistant editor at Harper's magazine. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Seattle Weekly, Detroit Free Press, and The Best American Sports Writing 2007. He currently lives in New York.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Hoop Epiphanies 9

2 Alaska in the Philippines 27

3 A Career Reborn 44

4 A Head Start Becomes Destiny 55

5 From Savior to Lemon, in 48 Minutes 80

6 The Birth of Paeng Bartolome and Other Initiations 110

7 The Legend of the Black Superman 134

8 A Rim in Every Baryo 156

9 Fil-Am or Fil-Sham? 198

10 Courts of Public Opinion 238

11 My Big Break 270

12 Hee-neh-bra! 292

13 Skirts Versus Squirts 320

14 Powers that Be 331

15 The Gift of Basketball 355

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    Philippine basketball from an outsider's eyes

    I was never into sports especially basketball so I was surprised when I saw this book and found out that the author is a foreign exchange student. What he found out about Philippine basketball somehow surprised me. Because of this book I found out a lot about our culture of Philippine basketball. To think that I should know something about how the basketball culture back home grew into something big but I hate to admit it that I do not know anything about sports!

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