Out of print for more than 30 years, now available for the first time as an eBook, this is the controversial story of John Wooden's first 25 years and first 8 NCAA Championships as UCLA Head Basketball Coach. Notre Dame Coach Digger Phelps said, "I used this book as an inspiration for the biggest win of my career when we ended UCLA's all-time 88-game winning streak in 1974."

Compiled with more than 40 hours of interviews with Coach Wooden, learn about the man behind the coach. Click the Book to read the players telling their stories in their own words. This is the book that UCLA Athletic Director J.D. Morgan tried to ban.

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Lions for Lambs (3/10)

by Tony Medley

Iím not sure why Producer-director Robert Redford and writer Matthew Carnahan thought this was cinematic, but they were wrong. Most of this is college professor Redford trying to convince potential-filled but mediocre student Todd Hayes (Andrew Garfield) to become more involved. Well, OK, but is this a movie? If I want a civics lesson, Iíll enroll in high school.

But what about the B story (or is it the A story or the C story?) in which pro-Iraq war Senator Jaspar Irving (Tom Cruise) tries to enlist the support of TV reporter Janine Roth (Meryl Streep), who is a typical leftwing journalist. They go back and forth about the war. But this is the same kind of stuff you see on Fox News and CNN every hour of every day. Do you want to pay $10 to see it on the big screen?

Two of Redfordís former students, Michael PeŮa and Derek Luke are soldiers shot down in the war zone, fighting for their lives. One would think that maybe two men fighting for their lives in the middle of a war would spell action, but a hint of action was too much for Redford and Carnahan. Believe it or not, these guys spend most of the time contemplating the meaning of life while surrounded by the medieval enemy trying to kill them.

Iíve got to give it to Redford, though, because itís really not a leftwing screed. Both sides of the issues are presented. Irving presents the Administration position pretty well. Heís counterbalanced by the cynical Roth, who isnít having any of it. The positions are presented in such a way that each side is adequately represented.

The main problem with the film is that it is a real snorer. Thereís no real plot. No one is a true protagonist. There isnít a bad guy. Thereís no story. If youíre troubled by insomnia, buying this DVD and putting it on every night when you go to bed might be a great cure.

 

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