Critically acclaimed veteran sportswriter Frank Fitzpatrick
takes readers courtside for one of the greatest upsets in college
basketball history, the 1985 Villanova/Georgetown national
A veteran Philadelphia Inquirer sportswriter and Pulitzer Prize
finalist, Frank Fitzpatrick has long followed and covered Villanova
basketball. In all that time, nothing compares with the Wildcats'
legendary 1985 upset of Georgetown--a win so spectacular and
unusually flawless that days after its conclusion, sports
columnists were already calling it "The Perfect Game."
The game, particularly its second half, was so different from
what observers expected--so different, in fact, from what anyone
had ever seen that a shroud of myth almost immediately began to
envelop it. Over the years, the game took on mythological
proportions with heroes and villains, but with a darker, more
complex subtext. In the midst of the sunny Reagan Administration,
the game had been played out amid darker themes--race, death, and,
though no one knew it at the time, drugs.
It was a night when the basketball world turned upside down.
Villanova-Georgetown would be a perfect little microcosm of the
1980s. And it would be much more. Even now, a quarter-century
later, the upset gives hope to sporting Davids everywhere. At the
start of every NCAA Tournament, it is recalled as an exemplar of
March's madness. Whenever sport's all-time upsets are ranked, it is
high on those lists, along with hockey's Miracle on Ice. Now,
through interviews with the players and coaches, through the work
of sociologists and cultural critics, through the eyes of those who
witnessed the game, Fitzpatrick brings to life the events of and
surrounding that fateful night.
Thomas Dunne Books
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