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Breslin (Drinking with Miss Dutchie) clearly loves basketball, and his passion for the game comes through on just about every page of his book. Unfortunately, he fails to fulfill the promise of his prolog, which claims that readers will be given something in the vein of George Plimpton's participatory journalism classics. Instead, they will find tedious, blow-by-blow accounts of every Yale men's basketball team's play in the 2011–12 season. These narratives are interspersed with Breslin's thoughts about and memories of the game, many of which are captivating reading. We learn less about the players and coaches beyond that they are excellent at what they do. And though the author includes a fair amount about what it's like to compete in the Ivy League it's hardly insider information, which is surprising considering the access Breslin was given. If he had simply written a straightforward memoir about his love of basketball or his time following the Yale team this would have been a far more successful work. VERDICT Yale men's basketball fans may be unable to resist this book and they will surely find some value in it. Everyone else should try John Feinstein's The Last Amateurs instead.