A Season on the Brink: A Year with Bobby Knight and the by John Feinstein

By John Feinstein

A Season at the Brink chronicles the basketball season that John Feinstein spent following the Indiana Hoosiers and their fiery trainer, Bob Knight.

Knight granted Feinstein an remarkable inside of examine collage basketball -- with entire entry to each second of the season. Feinstein observed and heard all of it -- practices, group conferences, technique periods, and mid-game huddles -- in the course of Knight's fight to prevent a wasting season.

A Season at the Brink not just captures the drama and strain of big-time university basketball yet paints a brilliant portrait of a fancy, significant trainer jogging a very good line among genius and insanity.

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25 Definitions of sport usually derive out of the seeming opposition of work vs play that dictates the alternating rhythms of most people’s lives. 26 Work Play 14 Timelines, historiography, definitions Work and play are not, however, contradictories. In early childhood education, children are taught to make certain forms of play into work by using the game to produce some kind of artefact. And adults, bored with their tasks, use various strategies to make them into games without sacrificing productivity.

27 At the same time, this description has become a purely literary exercise, undoubtedly capitalizing on the growing popularity of Greek games, but lacking the political motivation that inspired Virgil. The keen interest in sport that Statius and Valerius Flaccus demonstrated, and the skill they displayed in writing about its mechanics, coincided – not surprisingly – with the construction of two of the most impressive monuments to Roman spectacle and imperial power, the Colosseum (80 AD) and Domitian’s stadium (86).

Within the rules, however, sport, being a human creation, is innovative. It encourages the imaginative exploitation of the rituals and regulations and feats of individual prowess not originally conceived as being possible. Because of these features, sports are evolutionary, either in terms of their general practice or of the degree to which the rituals are observed. Ultimately, the rules may be changed in order to institutionalise desirable innovation. Sporting contests represent ‘possible worlds’ in which the rules and rituals are enforced by bureaucracies and applied equally to all.

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