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I just ordered my copy. Here's a link on Amazon
THE LEFTOVERS: BASKETBALL, BETRAYAL, BAYLOR AND BEYOND [Matt Sayman] on Amazon.com. *FREE* super saver shipping on qualifying offers. I love a good comeback story and this one has it all. - Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys Quarterback This beautifully written story is about the fight and determination they showed to help create the highest of standards for our mens basketball program. - Kim Mulkey
Cool! Ordered, can't wait to read it...
Just ordered it as well
Its loaded and ready go on the kindle...
Thanks everyone. It's an exciting day!! "The Leftovers: Basketball, Betrayal, Baylor and Beyond" is available in Paperback or Ebook on Amazon.com or Barnesandnoble.com. Hope you enjoy reading about our little team that could!!
Ordered. Not much of a reader but look forward to taking this one in.
On a side note Matt, I'm sure you probably tried the big basketball writers for publicity but have you tried Peter King and maybe sending him a copy. He has a "Father's Day book list" he puts in his MMQB column and it's not all football. Many other sports and special interest stuff. He seems to like the human interest stories that tie into sports and it could never hurt.
This post was edited by KegOfBear 12 months ago
Great idea- also I'll send Jason King a text about it. It would help to have him plug it.
Downloaded minutes before a 10 hour flight. Thank goodness!
http://www.baylorbearfoundation.com - join and list me as your referral - Mark_Carroll@baylor.edu
Ordered mine tonight
Ordered it on Kindle
Downloaded and ready to read!
Cool comments from Tony Romo, Kim Mulkey and Fran Fraschilla.
Ordered paperback. Wanted this one on the shelf when done reading.
Read it cover to cover on the flight.
Every Baylor fan needs to read this book.
Reading it on my iPad right now!
How do I find it on iBooks? I never buy books.
I don't read that often, but I couldn't put this book down. Amazing to reflect on where this program has come from and strengthens how blessed we are to have Coach Drew at the helm. Must read for Baylor fans.
Just finished reading it this afternoon. I'm so grateful Matt took the time and had the courage to share so much of his life in such a transparent and honest manner. I won't give too much detail about it because I don't want to ruin the read for others, but here a few of my thoughts, observations, etc.
1. This account helped remind me that all the players that wear the green and gold are somewhere between teenagers and young adults in their time at Baylor. It's all too easy to put professional level expectations on them and forget about all the emotions, trials, personality conflicts, etc. that arise in college. Of course, all these things happen afterwards too, but we all learn more about how to deal with them as we mature, but not necessarily as well when we're 18-22 years old.Then add the extreme craziness of what happend to the team in 2003? That's really unimaginable.
2. There is so much insight and perspective on what has made Coach Drew and his staff so successful at Baylor. Many are things we have heard as descriptors--energetic, positive, relentless with recruiting, team-building, family atmosphere, etc.--but to see all of that fleshed out with specific examples and in a narrative was both encouraging and edifying. There was one moment in particular (during one of Matt's roughest times in the fall of '03) that just wrecked me and gave me hope all at the same time. Just gut-wrenching and inspiring. That leads me into my next one.
3. I mentioned it in the beginning, but Matt's honesty throughout is refreshing and welcomed. I know it had to be tough to write some of those things, especially those related to sensitive issues with other people, Baylor, and things that anyone would want to be careful about because they are personal, but Matt handles it with just the right amount of transparency and restraint. Again, just remarkable courage that I know is built on a gospel foundation.
4. I have many favorite parts of this story, from the recounting of one of my top collegiate moments (the win against KU in Matt's freshman year) to some of those hard-fought games in his senior year. But the best moments are the ones that get to the heart of the story and what life is all about--the gospel. It was hard to experience the moments of intense grief and pain with Matt, but those times are part of our lives in this broken world. The most amazing news is that they are not the end. They don't have the last word and Matt's story is a living, breathing testament to that truth. I loved this line in particular, spoken by someone else into Matt's life as he sought relief from past scars and current issues: "Matt, you have to trust your salvation (and) lean on Jesus to do the work in you." Amen.
There is a lot more I could say, but I will end it with this. Thank you, Matt for writing this book. Thank you for sharing your family's story and opening up yourself in such a deep way. I hope and pray this book encourages many with its sobering, heartfelt, and inspiring narrative. I'm grateful you are a Baylor Bear and much more so, that your hope is in Christ.
This post was edited by BU_Drew 12 months ago
Alright you punks pushed me over the edge. I'm ordering the ebook even though I have a paperback coming. Guess I'll give the paperback away.
You'll probably want to keep it. I read the e-book, but have since ordered the book as well. It is something tangible I can look at, and feel when I need some inspiration. Aside from the Bible, of course.
Thank you. That is a great idea and I will try to contact Peter Kind today.
I struggled getting through this without coming to tears. When I started this journey five years ago I was not sure how it would be received. How can you put in to words a season like that? I am a coach, and sometimes try to still play, not exactly a writer. Thank you for your words. It is only by the grace of God that I am in this position today.
What a tremendous book- just finished it! A review coming later.
Also, if you guys can help Matt with this, by liking his facebook page, following him on twitter, and sharing on both, it would be great for Baylor to get some positive attention on this.
Thanks Mark and thank you to everyone else for their support. Here is the direct link to the book: http://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781626970182
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