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My life on a napkin : pillow mints, playground dreams, and coaching the Runnin' Utes
Majerus, Rick.
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First edition.
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New York : Hyperion, [1999]

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xx, 247 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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GV884.M16 M35 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Anyone ready to write off Rick Majerus as the affable fat guy on the sidelines quickly changed their tune last season when Majerus led his Utah team on an extraordinary run to the final game of the NCAA championship. Along the way, Majerus won millions of fans with his wit, candor, and obvious devotion to his players. And basketball aficionados elevated him to that elite group of collegiate coaches who have become household names, such as John Wooden, Dean Smith, and John Thompson. Now Majerus tells his own story of how a chubby kid from Milwaukee found himself at the Final Four, upsetting office pools all over the country. He talks about how he roughed out his much-discussed plays on a restaurant napkin the night before the Kentucky game. He talks about his love of food, friends, and life -- and readers will fall in love with this funny, likable, hardworking coach who's poised to take it all in 1999.

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Booklist Review

You're the kid who loves to play but is always the last one picked. Flash forward half a lifetime. Now you're Rick Majerus, and you're the head coach of one of the most respected college basketball programs in the country at the University of Utah. Not only that, a publisher is paying you to tell your life story. Majerus, the portly coach who likes to recall the time he was mistaken for Curly of the Three Stooges, produces just what you'd expect: a self-deprecating autobiography as entertaining as it is instructive. Peppered with quotes from former players, assistant coaches, rivals, and family, all of whom sing Majerus' praises, the text exudes a genuine love of basketball and an unquenchable spirit. All of us have been left out of something we love, and the little kid in us never forgets. Majerus' story is certain to please those little kids, however old they may be today. (Reviewed March 15, 1999)078686527XWes Lukowsky