Raine can't imagine a life without them, which is why it was doubly decimating when Jake left town after his brother's sudden death. I can't imagine anyone more qualified than Mr. It is a message of faith as a 'crazy' coach leads an underdog team to high achievements against all odds. Author Mike Roos weaves in the people and places of the time. Roos to bring Indiana high school basketball history to life—especially in this the 50th anniversary year.
I was at the Milan-Muncie game in 1954 that inspired the movie Hoosiers. Basketball is not really the same in Indiana any more with consolidation and class system but is still very enjoyable and the games are still a gathering place for a small town. He believes in teamwork and working together towards a great shot. His is indeed an original—and valuable—work. Just finished this book yesterday! It's about the people of Ireland, the way they thought, the things they hoped, and their lives. The writing is crisp and fresh.
I never knew that they lived in Ireland before coming to Tell City until this book came out. I knew the younger kids as well as Mike's parents, and even had Mike for English when he was student teaching. It just should be no surprise to anyone that this affair was brief and ended messily. They all collide on and off the football field at Harlow High when the Troy Benson, the young drama teacher is forced to take over the football team by his ambitious and desperate principal. No additional compensation was received for this article.
This is the story of Russell Grieger, a starting guard, and his observations, feelings, reactions, and struggles of that season. The booze, the drugs, the sex—Ian is growing tired of late nights together trying to keep the past at bay. It was a foregone conclusion that we would win sectional. It paints a portrait of the town and its people as it was at the timethe way people lived, the music they listened to, the television shows they watched, their politics, and the mores of the time. Filled with original photos and behind-the-scenes stories, Miller Time is for every hardwood aficionado.
If you'd like to support our work and programs please become a patron keepingthenostalgiaalive. Personally I found it hard to put down. The only question was if we would win regional too. My first book, published by Indiana University Press in 2013. One Small Town, One Crazy Coach by Mike Roos! I don't think Tell City basketball ever really recovered from that loss.
This book brought back many memories for me. Relive one such unpredictable quest orchestrated by Pete Gill's motivational style and executed by the 1963 Ireland Spud players who believed in their coach. You will catch yourself wanting to know what happened next and you will have it read before you know it. Naturally, the hiring process and information about Coach Gill was new news to me, very interesting and knowing most of the characters mentioned in the book, I can close my eyes and hear those conversations taking place. A great read and a fair and balanced account of a lot of bad behavior that Hemingway melded into a brilliant novel. This book is a true picture of what small town basketball was like in southern Indiana in 1963, and the power of small town spirit.
He is a legend in the sport, praised by greats such as Kobe Bryant, Thad Matta, Bucky Waters, and Jamie Dixon. After winning sectional or regional, we travelled in a caravan all the way home from Boonville or Evansville and ended with a huge, boisterous, horn-honking parade down Main Street lead with the players on the fire truck. It is also a great book about people and relationships so I think anyone would enjoy it. Relying on narrative strategies of creative nonfiction rather than strict historical rendering, Mike Roos brings to life a colorful and varied cast of characters and provides a compelling account of their struggles, wide-ranging emotions, and triumphs throughout the season. As a Junior in High School at the time and a statistician for the team, I lived first hand what Mike wrote in this book about the basketball games. Yet, after inflicting brutal preseason conditioning, employing a variety of unconventional motivational tactics, and overcoming fierce opposition, Gill molded the Spuds into a winning team that brought home the town's first and only sectional and regional titles.
I just finished reading One Small Town, One Crazy Coach and raced to my computer to write a review for it. He was a fine man. This book about the Ireland Spuds and coach Pete Gill pulling upset after upset brought back many memories for me and I have to recommend it to anyone even casually interested in reading about the Golden Era of Indiana basketball. Now he's back and she doesn't know whether to be mad or thrilled. Little could he have known that his two sons, Sean and Archie Miller, and their cousin, John Calipari, would grow up to lead historic basketball programs to national prominence. This would make an amazing movie! Author by : David A.
What a great read, a delightful remembrance for me and such a true story about typical small town Indiana basketball, community, school, family and friends back in the 60s!. You get attached to quite a few of them! Mike does an amazing job sharing his memories of Hoosier Hysteria, if you haven't bought the book, you should! It is an entertaining read. I find myself wondering about the way their lives turned out. The were not the only small town team to go far. His is indeed an original—and valuable—work.
The iconic moment Gill tosses his trousers into the stands captures the sheer exhilaration of victory—a rightful reminder that winning is as much about giddy absurdity as sentimental triumph. The best and tallest players had graduated the year before. The writing is crisp and fresh. Jessica Nunemaker is the Owner of Little Indiana. Hosted by Kirk Curnutt and Ashley Gordon, the discussions range across all genres of fiction and nonfiction. We had spirit days and rousing pep assemblies where Superintendent Swadley would get up and lead a cheer of Go,go,go,go! There he would accomplish, against enormous odds, one of the great small town feats in Indiana basketball history. Once again, click, listen, share, and enjoy! In the summer of 1962, the peripatetic and irrepressible Pete Gill was hired on a whim to coach basketball at tiny Ireland High School.