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100 Things Celtics Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (100 Things...Fans Should Know) Paperback – November 1, 2010
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Donald Hubbard is a practicing attorney in Boston, where he published a weekly newspaper column for 10 years. He is the author of The Heavenly Twins of Boston Baseball, The Red Sox Before the Babe, and Forgotten Four: Notre Dame s Greatest Backfield and the 1953 Undefeated Season.
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I'm a diehard Boston sports fan, but the Celtics are low on my list of Boston teams/sports, and I greatly enjoyed reading this book. I've also shared it with people who love the sport of basketball but are not necessarily Celtics fans, and they've enjoyed it, too. Bottom line: it includes some lesser-known facts about Celtics history (and present!) written in an engaging way. A great read and you'll learn details about the Celtics...even if you already know a lot about the team and its history.
The reason I couldn't give this book 5 stars is due to the same reasons I couldn't give the Bruins book 5 stars.
Numberous times you will find the same information repeated in different chapters. The same info about the Bob McAdoo trade will be repeated in several chapters, as one example as well as other trades and player info. There is no Glossary which is a big omission in a book like this. Similar to the Bruins book the book is more about things you should know vs do.
However, this book had at least 13 chapters on things you should do (more than the Bs book) however some were just as cheesey. Buy something in the Pro Shop? really? Go to the Boston Beer works, that chapter was basically an advertisement for the restaurant. I would recommend the Sports Grill before the Beer Works, struck me as a really out of place chapter. Another chapter says watch the game at the Fours, again seemed like it crossed over into a restaurant review guide for a bit. The chapter about dining at Ristorante Villa Francesca made absolutely no sense unless the restaurant paid to have a reivew put in the book that had nothing to do with the Celtics or Basketball.
Go to the Hall of Fame made sense and see the Cs on the road, even finding Red's statue but other chapters were grasping at straws for things to do, Get Bill Russell's autograph? Couldn't come up with something better like go to a C's playoff game or something? Basically buy the book for the things you should KNOW not do.
Again, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about the Celtics because you will most surely learn something new. If you are thinking about buying both the B's and C's book I found the B's to be better.