and boxing have been king when it comes to writers waxing poetic,
whether it's George Will *68, George Plimpton, or Frank Deford '61.
But Alexander Wolff '79's book, Big Game, Small World, puts
basketball on the same playing field.
"Baseball has always been the sport that intellectuals lean
towards. It shouldn't be true. Basketball is great to write about
because it's so universal," says Wolff, Sports Illustrated's
college basketball writer. "In Bosnia, one of the byproducts
of the war is a national wheelchair basketball league, It's a rural
game in places like Indiana and an urban game in city centers."
For an excerpt from Wolff's book, which
contains many memorable Princeton hardcourt moments, click here.