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Pacific Rims: Beermen Ballin' in Flip-Flops and the Philippines' Unlikely Love Affair with Basketball Paperback – June 7, 2011
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"Wonderfully written and conceived: a white man walks the earth with a basketball and discovers a society so colorful it almost sounds make-believe. This book is more than a front row seat to a body-twisting, triple-clutching, no-look passing basketball world in flip-flops. It humanizes a nation and reclaims the innocence of a sport that has been swallowed whole by stereotypes and clever marketing schemes."
-James McBride, author, Miracle at St. Anna, The Color of Water, and Song Yet Sung
"This is the kind of book that makes you proud to be a sportswriter, for at its best, sportswriting informs, entertains and educates, like all great writing. Rafe Bartholomew, the young, 6-3 'giant American' in the land of the Lilliputian-but-basketball-mad, turns the Philippines into a hoops carnival, teaching us as much about this complex nation as any history book. I learned, I laughed (I mean, out-loud, splatter-the-page hilarity), I loved it all. Pacific Rims is nothing but a joy."
-Rick Telander, Senior Sports Columnist, Chicago Sun-Times, author, Heaven Is a Playground
"Rafe Bartholomew's Pacific Rims is a rollicking good time, a kind of gonzo basketball journey filled with laughs and pathos. Who would've thought the Philippines was so hoops obsessed. What a cast of eccentric characters. Just hearing the tales of players like Billy Ray Bates - an American import known in his day as the Black Superman - makes this a ride worth taking."
-Alex Kotlowitz, author, There Are No Children Here and The Other Side of the River
"Rafe Bartholomew traveled to the Philippines to better understand a country that loved basketball as much as he did. What's resulted is a book as varied and unique as the hoops tradition he found there, a dizzying mish-mash of social history, personal narrative, and rock-solid sports journalism. As raw with emotion as it is informative, Pacific Rims can make you both laugh out loud and tear up-sometimes in the span of a single sentence."
-Bethlehem Shoals, author, FreeDarko Presents: The Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac
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About the Author
Rafe Bartholomew is the author of Pacific Rims: Beermen Ballin' in Flip-Flops and the Philippines' Unlikely Love Affair with Basketball. For more than four years, Bartholomew worked at the ESPN website Grantland.com as a senior editor. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Seattle Weekly, and The Best American Sports Writing 2007. He currently lives in New York.
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Just like Jack McCallum's "Seven Seconds or Less", the author spends an entire season as an embedded journalist with a local professional ball club. However he alternates his fly-on-the-wall reportage of practices and player hijinks with well-researched chapters on past Pinoy sports heroes, defunct leagues, and the country's culture in general.
I noow realize that it takes an outsider's point of view to really put the bizarre yet wonderful world of Pinoy ball into perspective.
The same, this book is about Philippine cuture and history written in the most objective and wittiest way I can imagine but was anchored into the uncanny love-affair of Filipinos to Basketball.
From his daily commute on jeepneys and public transports all around this 7,000 islands archeopelago, to his short-lived hunk stardom status appearing in local soaps just to be "the whitening ingredient" so that the local lead actress can have a "meztizo" baby..(this part was my loudest laugh), the book brings back the old cliche, The Joy of Reading.
Mabuhay ka Paeng!
The annoyance comes over a disagreement over if the Philippine Basketball Association is actually the oldest pro league after the NBA. This annoyed me at first, but was later informed that it was technically true, as most of the pro leagues in Europe that predated the PBA declared a bogus "amateur" status in order to keep sending players to FIBA sponsored tournaments like the world championship, Eurobasket, and the Olympics. This claim of the PBA's seniority is consistent in the book, and thus if you are a fan of Euroleague basketball you might find it disagreeable (despite it being technically true). But since this is a book about basketball in the Phillipines, don't let a minor nerd spat over who was pro first discourage you from reading a great sports book.
Mr. Bartholomew not only completely immersed himself in the culture of Filipino basketball, but also of just everyday life. This is one of those books that in the search of something small, a bigger picture is found; a better understanding of overall Filipino culture, with all of it's complexity, beauty, color, and sometime horrible social contradictions. By not only telling you how Filipinos play ball, but also how they eat, how they have fun or his recounting of his personally harrowing (yet hilarious) experience playing a despicable character in Filipino soap opera, Rafe Bartholomew finds a bigger truth than the one he set out to seek.
The book touches all of these without ever neglecting it's main purpose, exploring basketball in this island nation. A great read if you are a sports fan.