How could great athletes at an outstanding school throw away their dignity for a few bucks? Read this book and find out. These Boston College basketball players were way better than being involved with "Goodfella" Henry Hill and his underworld associates. They made a mistake and we all mess up but its too bad they tossed away a great college basketball experience.
Hard to believe these kids who had no intention of shaving points were roped into doing so by one player who had no integrity and no real love of the game or appreciation for Boston College that offered him a valuable education instead of his punk friends from Pittsburgh....even harder for them to imagine that he would get them involved in the low life killers from the mob in NYC. Proves the adage that if you associate with losers they will pull you down, but if you associate yourself with good people they will pull you up.
I was disappointed with this book, as while it seemed to be well-researched, it is impossible to capture the spirit of the time or the personalities so many years later. It also happens that my interest in the book relates to personal knowledge of several of the atheletes involved. I think that the author was not fair to Ernie Cobb or several of the other players, but he was overly sympathetic to Jim Sweeney. I believed then, as I do now, that it really was Sweeney's show. Nevertheless, the players and their motivations get a lot of play in the book, but you can never really know what happened as you cannot see into the human heart, especially 20 years later. I believe that the real point to be made is that under the wrong circumstances, anyone can be had and the resulting tragedy can have lifelong consequences. The book does capture this important aspect of the whole case which makes it worth the read.
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