- Paperback: 316 pages
- Publisher: CaryTown Press (January 9, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0986373303
- ISBN-13: 978-0986373305
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,951,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1973-74: Reliving the NC State Wolfpack's Title Run Paperback – January 9, 2015
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Jim Pomeranz is a 1977 graduate of NC State University, a native of Sanford NC, and an avid and lifetime Wolfpack fan. He ventured into journalism early in his college career, reporting on intramural athletics for the student newspaper, Technician, writing his way from staff writer to assistant sports editor and to sports editor and serving in that position when the Wolfpack basketball team won the 1974 NCAA national championship. Following graduation, Pomeranz worked in the sports information department of the NCSU department of athletics and for the Wolfpack Club, 1977-87, as publications editor overseeing content and publishing of the basketball and football media guides and game programs. Along with being at courtside for the 1974 title game, Pomeranz was also at courtside when the Wolfpack won the 1983 NCAA championship. While a student, while working at State and for a few years after, he covered Atlantic Coast Conference basketball and other topics for United Press International. 1973-74: Reliving the NC State Wolfpack’s Title Run is Pomeranz’s first published book, but, as an avid writer, he maintains two websites: Actions and Reactions II (jimpomeranz.blogspot.com) and NC Golfer (ncgolfer.blogspot.com). As a student writer and sports editor, Pomeranz followed in the footsteps of his father, Robert E. (Bob) Pomeranz (NCSU ’43) who also wrote for the Technician and was sports editor, 1941-42.
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Over the next four or five years of my life, I became absolutely out-of-this-World-insanely-obsessed with the basketball talent of David Thompson. This was no “normal” obsession. All of my peers noted how intense my respect and admiration was for this young basketball star. He seemed to be the embodiment of my highest imagination in visualizing what would be the perfect player. I read everything I could get my hands on about him, always wanting to know more. In many ways, his membership on the 1974 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship team of NC State, is one of the most potent and happiest experiences of my life.
As a lifelong, obsessed, David Thompson fan, I am writing this review to let readers know how much I really enjoyed this book " 1973-74: Reliving The NC State Wolfpack's Title Run." The book takes one inside the story of the NC State's basketball world. It's a world that saw State complete a two-year record of 57-1, and dethrone the reigning dynasty of college basketball, UCLA, by ending their 7-year run of championships. I would urge one to think about the fact that over the course of the 1973 and 1974 seasons, that NC State defeated both Maryland and North Carolina 6 times each, a mighty fete when one considers that both Maryland and Carolina were consistently ranked within the top-5 in the nation for both years, meaning that State was a combined 12-0 against them. State went on to defeat a UCLA team that had an 88-game winning streak broken earlier that 1973-1974 season. That UCLA team is generally regarded as the greatest college basketball team ever. If I was a crack cocaine addict and someone drove up with a dump truck filled with crack, one would have some idea how much I enjoyed this book in comparison. This book is my dump track of crack cocaine! It's like this book allowed me to go back and live within the capsule of the year 1974, which is one of the happiest periods of my life. The whole state of North Carolina went absolutely crazy that year when State won. I just want to say, “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!” to Mr. Jim Pomeranz for writing this book.