The Last Amateurs: Playing for Glory and Honor in Division I College Basketball

The Last Amateurs: Playing for Glory and Honor in Division I College Basketball

by John Feinstein
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The Last Amateurs: Playing for Glory and Honor in Division I College Basketball by John Feinstein

Like millions who love college basketball, John Feinstein was first drawn to the game because of its intensity, speed and intelligence. Like many others, he felt that the vast sums of money involved in NCAA basketball had turned the sport into a division of the NBA, rather than the beloved amateur sport it once was. He went in search of college basketball played with the passion and integrity it once inspired, and found the Patriot League. As one of the NCAA's smallest leagues, none of these teams leaves college early to join the NBA and none of these coaches gets national recognition or endorsement contracts. The young men on these teams are playing for the love of the sport, of competition and of their schools. John Feinstein spent a season with these players, uncovering the drama of their daily lives and the passions that drive them to commit hundreds of hours to basketball even when there is no chance of a professional future. He offers a look at American sport at its purest.

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ISBN-13: 9780316278423
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 11/01/2001
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 512,523
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)

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Last Amateurs: Playing for Glory and Honor in Division I College Basketball 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
BuffaloDave More than 1 year ago
Nice inside stories on the smaller programs in college basketball's Patriot League. But the Nookbook version has many, many, many, many misspellings. Simple words like "the" are replaced with "die" and one player's name in particular is replaced with the word "Spider" a lot for some reason. In one paragraph the final score is left incomplete. It makes me think that a computer edited this and no human being bothered to read it after... Very disappointing for a Feinstein book. If you can get past the proofreading screwups it's got some nice stories, but trust me it's hard to do. It's also probably about 100 pages too long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great idea, bur if you are vexed by punctuation errors, this book may not be for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the Last Amateurs by John Feinstein. This book takes a closer look into Basketball in the NCAA. Not the big teams like Duke or the big leagues like the SEC and PAC-10. John Feinstein brings into one of the smaller leagues the Patriot league. The Patriot league contains teams such as Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh, Bucknell, Army, and Navy. These schools are one of the smallest in division one but are still competitive to reach the NCAA tournament. I selected this book because I always watched the NCAA Tournament in March and I wanted to take a closer look into the NCAA. I have always watched college basketball and John Feinstein describes the rules and how the league was formed in this novel. I would recommend this book if you are a basketball fan or if you want to take a closer look into the league and how the league was started. I would also recommend this book because it shows conflict of the teams in the league and takes a look into the players of the 1999-2000 season. This book exceeded my expectations because of the detail and information John Feinstein provides in this novel.
SmithDoug More than 1 year ago
Awesome stories that stand out in sharp contrast to the big-time world of college basketball that prostitutes its athletes for the sake of money. Feinstein, though, as always, laces the tales with enough personal value judgements to derail the reading. Overall, solid.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Insightful.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will alter your view on big time colege basketball and make you a fan of of the college kids who play for the love of the game,while actually getting a good education. Since I've read this book I have attended a number of Division 2 and 3 games and found that those kids are just as skilled, the difference being that their bodies and egos aren't as big as their Division 1 counterparts
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have ever read. It is insightful, witty, and revealing. The book centers around the 1999-00 season of the Patriot League and how the teams fight for survival in the league fighting for survival with the bigger conference. It will change your view on such powerhouses as Georgetown, Duke, and North Carolina, as their players' cheats and egos come to surface. In this book, it shows that academics come first, but basketball is still important. After you read this book, I guarentee that never again will you root for a Big Ten, Big East, SEC or ACC team against a tiny (dinky?) college such as Bucknell, Lafayette, Lehigh, Holy Cross (who nearly shocked the world in this year's tournament before losing to Kentucky 72-68) Colgate, Army, or Navy. This is as inspirational a piece as I have read in my life.
superman838 More than 1 year ago
Lots of typos but its good
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an awesome book!