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That Championship Season Paperback – January, 1998
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The story concerns the unraveling of a group of men who won the state basketball championship in the 1950s and who have continued to bask in the victory's rapidly fading glory. Once a year four of the teammates meet at their old coach's house to celebrate win, but on this occasion they have less cause for celebration than they do for concern. Coach has recently returned from a hospital stay, and the script strongly implies that he has a terminal illness (probably cancer) that he refuses to acknowledge; this will likely be the last reunion. George has managed to become the town's mayor, but he has become an object of public ridicule and now faces a challenging opponet in the upcoming election--and Phil, George's wealthy backer, has become hesitant to put his money behind George's campaign. James is a part of the local political machine, hoping to ride to office on George's back; his brother Tom is a drunk who James hunts down and spruces up once a year for the reunion.
As the play progresses most of the characters are gradually exposed as small-minded, hypocritical bigots with trivial ambitions. They have relied on advice from Coach to get them through life--but now that era is coming to an end and its passing leaves them at a loss.Read more ›