Must Win: A Season of Survival for a Town and Its Team

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Must Win: A Season of Survival for a Town and Its Team

Format:  Hardcover,

318 pages

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Publish Date: Sep 2012

ISBN-13: 9780312642204

ISBN-10: 0312642202

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Nestled amid cotton, pine, and swamps, the Deep South outpost of Valdosta, Georgia, has long drawn pilgrims from across the country to the home of the Wildcats, the winningest high school football team in America. Christened by national media as "Title Town, USA," Valdosta has thrived on the continuity of dominance: sons still play in front of fathers and grandfathers, creased men in pickups still offer steak dinners as a reward for gridiron glory, and Friday nights in the 11,000-seat stadium known as Death Valley still hold a central role in the town's social fabric.

Now that place is in peril. As much as Valdosta is a romantic symbol of traditional American values, things are changing here just as they are in small towns everywhere. In "Must Win," author Drew Jubera goes inside the country's most famous high school football team to chronicle its dramatic 2010 season, a quest by a program that's down but not out to regain past glory for both the team and the town it represents. This town, this school, and these people have been rocked by forces that have hit the entire country, but they're a long way from giving up. They still believe in the power of a game to overcome all.

With a new coach, a new optimism, and a kaleidoscopic cast that includes an aspiring rapper, a beekeeper's son, the best athlete in the state, and the heir to a pro legacy cut short by a crack dealer's bullet, these Wildcats have been given one more chance. "Must Win" is the American story written across a bright green playing field.

Specifications

Publisher: St Martins Pr
Publish Date: Sep 2012
ISBN-13: 9780312642204
ISBN-10: 0312642202
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 318
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.2
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.25

Chapter outline

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prologue: What It Means Here or Thug Tearsp. 1
Welcome or Your Grave Is Ready, Coachp. 7
Hand Me My Traveling Shoes or Homep. 21
A Brief, 200-Million-Year History or Beaches! Whales! Gnats! Lynchings!p. 32
The Trinity or Gucci Mane, Young Jeezy, Eminemp. 45
Building a Team or Anybody Eligible?p. 55
Living and Dying in Valdosta or "What's Going on Down There?p. 70
One-Armed White Jihadi or Nubp. 76
Pick One. The White One or The Gospel of Footballp. 94
The Firm or Feeding His Soulp. 101
Do It Again! or Hellp. 106
Rome the Elder and Rome the Younger or Royaltyp. 120
God, Family, Football or Road-tripping to the Swampp. 137
Getting Crunk or We Ready!p. 153
Hero Worship or Can I Google You?p. 169
Quarterbacks and Comebacks or Turn It Up a Little Higherp. 175
Saturday Night Lights or Bumpin with the Principalp. 191
The Content of Their Character or MLK in the ATLp. 196
Thugs vs. Plowboys or Winnersville, Baby!p. 210
Boosters, Cruiters, Funerals or Grindingp. 246
Pretty Boys and Mohawks or Back in the ATLp. 261
Shooting Deer, Giving Thanks, Waging War, Moving On or The 229 Foreverp. 286
Epiloguep. 309

Book description

Nestled amid cotton, pine, and swamps, the Deep South outpost of Valdosta, Georgia, has long drawn pilgrims from across the country to the home of the Wildcats, the winningest high school football team in America. Christened by national media as “Title Town, USA,” Valdosta has thrived on the continuity of dominance: sons still play in front of fathers and grandfathers, creased men in pickups still offer steak dinners as a reward for gridiron glory, and Friday nights in the 11,000-seat stadium known as Death Valley still hold a central role in the town’s social fabric.

Now that place is in peril. As much as Valdosta is a romantic symbol of traditional American values, things are changing here just as they are in small towns everywhere. In Must Win, author Drew Jubera goes inside the country’s most famous high school football team to chronicle its dramatic 2010 season, a quest by a program that’s down but not out to regain past glory for both the team and the town it represents. This town, this school, and these people have been rocked by forces that have hit the entire country, but they’re a long way from giving up. They still believe in the power of a game to overcome all.

With a new coach, a new optimism, and a kaleidoscopic cast that includes an aspiring rapper, a beekeeper’s son, the best athlete in the state, and the heir to a pro legacy cut short by a crack dealer’s bullet, these Wildcats have been given one more chance. Must Win is the American story written across a bright green playing field.

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