My Monday must-read this week is paying tribute to the wonder of March Madness, which takes over my life for these few weeks every year. (I love filling out brackets and tracking how my brackets are doing and all the basketball.)
Also, I have a unique connection to the book because the author was one of my college professors and was working on the book at the time I was in his class.
Keith O’Brien’s Outside Shot follows the Scott County High School basketball team from Scott County, Kentucky for the 2009 season. O’Brien talks with coaches, players and the community from the beginning of the season, which begins on some sour notes, through the entire season to a culmination in the state tournament.
It’s not just about what happens inside the lines though. It’s about the drama that takes place off the court. The struggles that families faced during the worst of the recession in the middle of rural Kentucky. It’s about how a sport can be an escape from the outside world and the outside world can be the escape from a sport.
O’Brien taught us in our class to focus on the narrative. Follow the story wherever it takes you and don’t assume anything. He doesn’t and it makes for a great book about a sport I truly love.
If you’re looking for a read that’s in theme with the bracket busting and dream living that takes place during March, pick up Outside Shot.