Pacific Rims: Beermen Ballin' in Flip-Flops and the Philippines' Unlikely Love Affair with Bas ketball

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Penguin, Jun 1, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 400 pages
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A young man's journey through the Philippines' most unlikely obsession: basketball.

In Pacific Rims, Rafe Bartholemew, journalist, New Yorker, and veteran baller, ventures through the Philippines to investigate the country's love of basketball.

From street corners where diehards fashion hoops out of old car parts to the professional league where politicians exploit team loyalties to win elections, Pacific Rims gets the story-and gets in the game.
 

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Review: Pacific Rims: Beermen Ballin' in Flip-Flops and the Philippines' Unlikely Love Affair with Basketball

User Review  - Aldwin - Goodreads

I can understand if this book does not become a best-seller because it's about the relatively lesser-known professional basketball league PBA (compared to other foreign leagues). The strength of this ... Read full review

Review: Pacific Rims: Beermen Ballin' in Flip-Flops and the Philippines' Unlikely Love Affair with Basketball

User Review  - Nolan - Goodreads

I stumbled upon Pacific Rims when I saw a story the author wrote for the sports/pop culture site Grantland. Upon reading some of his other pieces I felt I needed to give the book a try. Rafe ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page Copyright Page Dedication Acknowledgements Introduction
Hoop Epiphanies
Alaska in the Philippines
A Career Reborn
A Head Start Becomes Destiny
From Savior to Lemon in 48 Minutes
The Birth of Paeng Bartolome and Other Initiations
The Legend of the Black Superman
FilAm or FilSham?
Courts of Public Opinion
My Big Break
Heenehbra
Skirts Versus Squirts
Powers that
The Gift of Basketball
Copyright

A Rim in Every Baryo

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