Feinstein writes a history of the 1999-2000 basketball season of the Patriot League, an NCAA division one league that normally gets one team into the tournament in March, "the big dance." This turns out to be the only reward for all the players in the league, and this team usually loses in the first round, because the Patriot League is truly one of the last bastions of amateurism in college athletics. The schools do not give scholarships for sports. They play in small gyms. They travel by bus. Feinstein describes the players, the coaches and gives a game by game account of the seven teams in the league: Army, Navy, Colgate, Lehigh, Holy Cross, Bucknell and Lafayette.
This report prepared by Jack Goodstein