The Perfect Game

The Perfect Game

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A veteran Philadelphia Inquirer sportswriter and Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2001, Frank Fitzpatrick has long followed and covered Villanova basketball. Through interviews with the players and coaches, through the work of sociologists and cultural critics, through the eyes of those who witnessed the legendary game against Georgetown, he recreates the events of and surrounding April 1, 1985.

The game, particularly its second half, had been so different from expectations - so different, in fact, from what anyone had ever seen that a shroud of myth almost immediately began to envelop it. A breathtaking 31 million viewers had watched it on CBS - that was 6 million more than had seen the 1984 game. Over the years, the game took on legendary proportions with heroes and villains, but with a more complex subtext. In the midst of the sunny Reagan Administration, the game had been played out amid darker themes - race, death, and, though no one knew it at the time, drugs. It was a night when the basketball world turned upside down. Villanova-Georgetown would be a perfect microcosm of the 1980s. And even now, the upset gives hope to sporting Davids everywhere. At the start of every NCAA Tournament, it is recalled as an exemplar of March's madness. It ranks high among sport's all-time upsets.

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  • ISBN 13: 9781250009531
  • ISBN 10: 1250009537
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  • Language: English
  • Pages: 304
  • Size: 8.54" l x 5.79" w x 1.18" h

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