- Paperback: 226 pages
- Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC (October 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1596702370
- ISBN-13: 978-1596702370
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,974,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fourth and New Orleans: How Tulane Football Survived the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina Paperback – October 1, 2007
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I attended games as a fan on the sideline during the Katrina season, and watched the ones on TV that were too far for us to get to during that incredibly trying time for those of us trying to piece our life back together after the failure of the federal levees. I continue to bleed olive and blue and attend all the home games and as many road games as I can.
Simply watching as a spectator from the sidelines does not do justice to this team and these young men.
In reading the book, you forget whether or not you agree with the replacement of Chris Scelfo. You see the players and the coaches for the human beings that they are - their sins, their triumphs, their disappointments.
It reminds you that Tulane football is played by young men who try in their own way to do the best that they can on the field, but also in the classroom and more importantly, as in the case of Brandon Spincer, in their lives.
You will not be able to get through the chapter on Brandon Spincer's death and funeral without a box of kleenex. And Scelfo's dismissal hours after the funeral just puts the weight of the entire situation squarely into perspetive.
Thank you Coach Scelfo and Mr. Hochman for chronicaling this story - I hope every Tulane fan reads this very important chapter in the history of the program.
I wished the book would have gone deeper into how the individual players as a whole were impacted. The team had to move numerous times and had to play a schedule of road games. I had sympathy for everyone involved. The anecdotes talking about how the coach and athletic director had major disagreements over the coach trying to do right for his players while following NCAA guidelines is recommended reading for anyone who works in sports administration.
The book would have been better if it had the stories of more players, coaches and school officials who had to still be on the football field in spite what they were suffering off the field. The player stories mentioned were poignant and were the strength of the book. Also, I wish more had written about their journey from New Orleans to Jackson to Dallas as the team evacuated.
I would recommend the book, but I just wish that the authors expanded on the subject matter.