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Table of Contents

Losing Season: Everybody Talks • At Fifty • First Cut • Coach Goes Down the Hall Wondering Where All the Men Went • Coach’s Daughter • Assistant Coach Thinks about Taking Over • Opening Game: Halftime • Scrub Dreams of Taking the Last Shot • Shower • Trainer Teaches Eight Phys Ed Classes a Day • Manager • Coach Losing His Daughter • Jim Kenner Owned a Variety Store • Pep Rally • Band Director • Pacing Before the Game • Before the Game • He Sits on the End of the Bench • Ref Comes in from Out of Town • Closing the Gym • Bad Night at Practice • The Principal Assigned Him to Sell Tickets • At Harry’s Coffee Shop • The End Is Near • Stats • Outside Kmart • Over Christmas Break, Coach Dreams He Visits the Basketball Hall of Fame • Lunch Hour • The Former Great at the Game • No Game Plan • Timer • Vendor Sits, Waits for the Halftime Rush • Head Cheerleader • Ex-Cheerleader • In the Last Seconds • The Gym, January • Halfway Through • Winter Weekend • Insomnia • Scrub • Coach Checks His Mail • Barber • Dog • Coach Sits in Church Drawing a New Offense on the Front of the Sunday Bulletin • Bus Driver • Scrub Dreams of Injuries • Coach’s Prayer • The Morning after the Tenth Straight Loss • Team Meeting • Walking Home Late after Practice • Coach in Effigy • Can’t Sleep • Coach’s Wife • Coach Dreams of Being on Vacation • The Next Morning • Coach Teaching History • The Equipment Man’s Wife • Last Game • Coach Reflects with His Wife on the End of the Season • On a Day in Early March • Late Night Jazz Station, Coach Listening • All He Does • Dear Coach • Coach Tells His Wife about the Big Game, the Big Snow • Night Gym • Acknowledgments

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