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Product Details

  • Paperback: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing (February 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886110972
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886110977
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,289,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No, CBS hasn't broadcast the Final Four every year since Dr. Naismith first hung a peach basket in his gym; it only seems that way. Still, the network has been present at the men's NCAA basketball tournament without interruption since 1982, and it's become synonymous enough with the hoops extravaganza that it's earned the name-above-the-title treatment it gets here.

With its oral history format, CBS Sports Presents is a useful companion to March Madness. It examines the thrills--and agonies--of 21 Final Fours going back to the early '50s. Along the way, it stops to focus on Wilt Chamberlain; the UCLA juggernaut; the 1966 Texas Western-Kentucky confrontation with racial implications far beyond the court; the 1979 game that first shone a national spotlight on Magic and Bird; and on into the '80s and '90s with Duke, North Carolina, Georgetown, Villanova, UConn, and, of course, NC State's improbable victory over Houston. Each Final Four comes with scores, all-tourney teams, and the requisite factoids; there's even a section for TV junkies on how CBS prepares for and covers the event.

As editor, Fulks is smart enough to avoid replaying the events from a reporter's distance. Once he's set the scene, he moves off camera and lets the participants themselves recall the action, the glory, and the heartbreak through their own eyes and in their own voices. His roster of first-person accounts is impressive--Lovelette, John Wooden, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, Kent Benson, Denny Crum, Guy Lewis, Steve Alford, Billy Tubbs, Mike Krzyzewski--all add color, immediacy, perspective, and some fascinating analysis from the inside. Still, it's the names scratched from the lineup--Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Grant Hill, Rollie Massimino, Christian Laettner, Bobby Knight, Dean Smith, and anyone from the '66 championship Miners--that so tantalize. CBS Presents would have only benefited by hearing from them. --Jeff Silverman

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
I didn't think that I would learn a great deal about "The Big Dance" since I've been an avid fan since I can remember. Boy, was I wrong! This book has a ton of tidbits from the guys (hey-they're the ones that played & coached!) that lived it. The only part of the book which involved CBS was the end where they give you a behind the scenes look at the TV, which was kind of interesting too. But the memories that Coach K and others have are well worth the price of admission!
Cheaper than a nosebleed seat and a good read while watching the show!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 6, 2000
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I read the book this past weekend - it was great! I couldn't wait to read the next story. I have never seen a book with such a comprehensive list of storytellers, from John Wooden to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, to Steve Alford, to Jim Boeheim, to my favorite - Mike Krzyzewski. The majority of the stories are fascinating.
This book is a must-read for any college basketball fan. Now I'm even more fired-up about March Madness!
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By Dan Whittecar on August 21, 2013
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I'm not going to gush over purchasing a book. I got what I wanted and I got a good deal. I'm satisfied. That should be enough.
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More About the Author

Matt Fulks, who started his journalism career while attending Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, after his baseball career was cut short by a lack of ability, spends his time as a free-lance writer, editor, "Mr. Mom," and Director of Media Relations for the Kansas City T-Bones Baseball Club. He's been the co-host of a syndicated radio show, "Behind the Stats" and has contributed to publications including kcmetrosports.com -- the Web site for Kansas City's all-sports TV station Metro Sports -- the Royals' Gameday magazine, the Kansas City Star, the Denver Post, the Tennessean, mlb.com, and USA Today Sports Weekly. He is the author/co-author of nearly 20 books. (More information is available at www.mattfulks.com.) Matt resides in the Kansas City area with his wife Libby, their three children, and their dog named after Elvis. Sort of.