Waiting for the Fall: A Decade of Dreams, Drama and West Virginia University Football (Anglais) Broché – 13 mars 2012
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Within Waiting for the Fall, Casazza mixed in good journalism as well as his personal feelings about Mountaineer football in the early 21st century.
Reading this book just brought back memories of the years I use to be a loyal follower of the Helix High School football team, the San Diego State football program, and the San Diego Chargers franchise from 1993 to 2004.
This is one of them type of books where if you're not a Mountaineer football fan, were not a follower of the old Big East football conference, or you're a casual football fan then you will have hard time finishing this book.
Me personally, I followed the defunct Big East conference and Mountaineer football as a kid and adult way over in Southern California, so I knew what time it was when I received this book from Amazon.
Want an education on Mountaineer football in the 21st Century? Well, Waiting for the Fall is a good place to start.
Most fans will probably be most interested in the Fiesta Bowl aftermath. Your suspicions of the hiring of Bill Stewart are probably true and very disappointing that adults are capable of such stupid decisions.
One of the things that's frustrating with sports coverage these days is that ESPN will put out an opinion, everyone on the network will agree with it, and then your buddies will randomly bring up the same topic (and opinion) in conversation later. This book spits in the face of that notion, as it starts off with a foreward by Mike Patrick giving his strong opinion on a subject, and then spends almost 300 pages (and an editor's note) going against it. I love that. As with most Mountaineer fans, we all want the team to win, but hardly any of us agrees on anything else.
Going beyond the Bill Stewart issues, there are many things in Waiting For the Fall that are enjoyable to read even though they are not bombshells. Specifically, revisiting the Sugar Bowl win (love it), "13-9" (it still hurts), RichRod's departure (it doesn't still hurt), the many ridiculous quotes from Bill Stewart, etc., are all interesting as Casazza weaves in quotes from the key participants, statistics that aren't as readily available to a newspaper when writing on a deadline, and - as he typically does in the Charleston Daily Mail - sticks with facts that allow the reader to form his or her own opinion but not shying away from the actual stories.
The title, Waiting For the Fall, at first made me think it was only a reference to Bill Stewart. Casazza points out that it's actually the mindset of the entire West Virginia fanbase. Think that's not true? Try standing at Mountaineer Field of a game West Virginia is winning by three touchdowns in the fourth quarter and shouting out, "This game is over."
If I were to compare this book to others in the marketplace, I would compare it to a John Feinstein book but without all the "filler." For instance, in The Last Amateurs, Feinstein writes about very interesting stories within the Patriot League basketball conference, then regurgitates at least 50 pages of play-by-play of games that no one cares about and add nothing to the stories he's telling. Casazza eliminates the play-by-play in favor of the stories... which are perfectly segmented chapter-by-chapter such that each chapter is its own story.
Truth is, this book took me back to the good times and the bad. It caused me to make an impulse purchase of a WVU football jersey - even though I read it in March. I can't think of a higher compliment, and hope that this isn't Casazza's last book but that the title of the next book has the words "National Championship" in it.
For all readers of his daily column or blog, this is classic Mike Casazza. In "Waiting for the Fall", Mike does a great job of sorting out a complex series of events, facts, rumors, half-truths, and outright lies into the most complete recap of the last roller coaster decade in Mountaineer Football. As some of the other reviewers have stated there is not a lot of new information in the book but takes all of the information and puts it in an easy to follow storyline that sorts out the facts from the fiction.
Thanks Mike and keep up the good work!
If you're a Mountaineer fan, this book is a must. If you're not, but a fan of college football this is still a good buy.