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This review is from: Don't Put Me In, Coach: My Incredible NCAA Journey from the End of the Bench to the End of the Bench (Hardcover)
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DON'T PUT ME IN, COACH is a surprisingly engaging read. I should start by noting that I am not in any of the obvious target audiences for this book. I am not an Ohio Buckeyes fan, or even an NCAA basketball fan. I am a suburban mom, and an alum of a school that celebrated engineering rather than athletics. I think I had heard the author's name, but could not have told you anything at all about him. And yet, I read this book in just a couple of days. I was initially repelled, but found myself pulled in to the story, meandering, pointless and off-color though it is.
Just to be clear -- DON'T PUT ME IN, COACH, were it a film, would be rated R for "pervasive language" and some sexual content. You likely do not want to buy this book as a gift for the evangelicals on your holiday list.
I don't usually go for that kind of thing, but Titus really can write. DON'T PUT ME IN, COACH is organized around his basketball career from 7th grade or so through his senior year at Ohio State, ending with his brief stint as a Harlem Globetrotter recruit. Since the book cover talks about his career being "from the end of the bench to the end of the bench," you already know how the story goes for him. And you immediately gather that this won't turn about to be a riff on Rudy. Instead you find yourself reading about fistfights and poop accidents among the athletic elite, from someone who clearly loves basketball and who has a talent for 18-34 year old guy in a locker room humor.
Titus never takes himself too seriously. Early on, he comments that he is "one of the most famous walk-ons of all time (which let's be honest, is like being the smartest Kardashian)." If that makes you laugh (I admit it, I did), then you'll likely find yourself pulled along for this lightweight, enjoyable ride.
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Initial post: Mar 12, 2012 1:02:29 PM PDT
Jason Chamberlain says:
Just for the record, I'm an evangelical who enjoyed it. I thought he went out of his way to be crude at times, but overall I enjoyed it. It probably helps that I'm a Buckeye though.
Posted on Apr 23, 2012 1:03:39 AM PDT
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A fellow with a keyboard says:
"Titus never takes himself too seriously." I think that's close, but not quite right. Titus self-deprecates like crazy; he takes little jabs at himself whenever he's afraid that he's sounding too full of himself. But there is a difference between self-deprecation and not taking yourself seriously. Titus takes himself *very* seriously. The entire final chapter is about how the Harlem Globetrotters wronged him. Much of the book in general is about how the universe wronged him. I'd bet good money that he is reading every one of these reviews. Self-absorption, narcissism, and self-consciousness are actually traits that serve a writer well -- they allow him to be funny and engaging -- but when the traits are as visible and intense (and unacknowledged) as they are in Titus, the humor and self-deprecation are rather less appealing.
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