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Gene Wojciechowski talks about ‘The Last Great Game’

If you didn’t already know, there is a recently released book that tells the story surrounding the infamous (at least in the Bluegrass) 1992 regional final game between Duke and Kentucky. As the 20th anniversary of the game approaches, the story – and that frickin’ replay – was bound to be rehashed, and ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski was the man charged with the responsibility of putting that story between two covers. The book is titled The Last Great Game: Duke vs. Kentucky and the 2.1 Seconds That Changed College Basketball, and although I have yet to pick it up everything I have heard has been good.

To get you a little preview, Wojciechowski sat down with the folks at CBS for a podcast to talk about the book. He delves a little into how he ended up with the task of telling the tale of the most important game of the last two decades, a couple of tidbits from writing the book including how Rick Pitino feels about the game after 20 years, and one famous story about Mike Krzyzewski from after the game. It’s a good way to get acquainted with the book, and is a good listen regardless of whether you plan on picking it up or not. The link is below. Enjoy.

[CBS Podcast with Gene Wojciechowski]

Article written by Hunter Campbell

I used to write here.

21 Comments for Gene Wojciechowski talks about ‘The Last Great Game’

  1. Ghost of Dolph Lundgren
    5:34 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    What’s he doing to Wojo?

  2. KYStout
    5:38 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    Well, this sh!t’s just never going to go away is it?

    Now it’s the game that “changed college basketball”???

    It sure wasn’t that in 1992, but I guess ESPN will dictate how sports history is written.

  3. KYStout
    5:45 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    There is an added bonus here: Kentucky apparently gets to be part of _both_ games the “changed college basketball history”.

    It’s like a two-for-one special: Buy one 1966 Texas Western, get a 1992 Duke in St. Pete for free!

  4. Bob Loblaw
    5:54 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    #3 in St. Pete?

  5. SouthBeachWildcat
    5:56 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    Great article on Mashburn and his success post-basketball. It deserves to be on the front page.

  6. Dane Brammage
    5:56 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    Do they sell those shirts?
    If not, they should…with the caption:

    I abhor Laettner!

  7. Mr Schwump
    6:17 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    Wojo-alphabet is a UT grad, that makes him a prick.

  8. Great to be UK
    6:24 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    F:;ck duke

  9. GoCats2
    6:30 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    I hope its not a story about how polite Coach K was after the game going to the UK broadcast team talking about how special those players were. I am sick of that story, he interrupted Cawood Ledford saying his final goodbye and it always has pissed me off.

  10. GrumpyOldDude
    6:40 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    3 – Try the Philly Spectrum, since demolished.

    9 – I’m no Coach K fan, but I see that as a winning coach who had no reason to give an immediate interview to an opposing team’s radio broadcaster, recognizing Cawood’s status and paying tribute to him by giving the first media opportunity. Was a classy move, if you ask me….Cawood was permitted all the time he wanted to say goodbye thereafter.

  11. Dane Brammage
    6:54 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    As we know all too well, Coach K and Duke have long been held in high esteem by the media – whether desereved or not.
    Interestingly, it is akin to the high regard held for Penn State and Joe Pa. And, we saw what skeletons were hidden there in State College. The pont is: No program is infallible. I’ve been waiting many moons for the hammer to fall. In time, Duke will succumb.

  12. Guest
    6:57 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    I am about 80 pages into this book and it’s a good read. Wouldn’t be surprised if it one day becomes a 30 for 30 show on ESPN

  13. depoytown
    7:25 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    Mad Dog radio had an interview with.Coach K a couple of weeks ago and asked about that game.He said his main memory of that game was the look of total defeat and sadness on Richie Farmer’s face.He said that tempered his excitement and led him to talk with Cawood.Like him or not he talked.of.that game with total respect for our program and our players in that game.

  14. Mitch
    9:02 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    How did it change college basketball?

  15. Lazy Boy
    9:07 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    I guess I don’t understand the hatred still directed at Coach K or Duke over this game. I was as heart broken as anyone that night but 20 years later I am happy I got to see the best college game I have ever seen. I share stories about it with my son who is now 16 years old.

    I don’t know if the game change college baskeball but it changed me. Since then defeats don’t seem to hurt as much and winning seems sweeter. I’ve come to grips with it.

  16. KYStout
    9:54 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    4 & 10 thanks, was confusing the ’92 game (Spectrum) with the ’98 game location.(St. Pete)

  17. Lovely
    10:04 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    UK/Duke Elite Eight this year. Just a feeling.

  18. deesnuts
    10:15 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    Is he related to Wojo that played for Puke?

  19. NYCWildcat
    10:16 pm January 8, 2012 Permalink

    There are two kinds of UK fans. Those that saw that game and those that didn’t. That game irrevocably changed any Cat fan that saw it.

  20. wilDCat
    7:58 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    19 – That’s right, I was very young at the time, but I never ever forget that moment, watching him make the shot and just how heartbroken I was. Out of all the memories of my childhood, that one is one of the most vivid. I tried explaining it to my fiance, who I have made a cat fan, and she just didn’t get it. It’s just one of those things.

  21. HillbillyInBC
    8:06 am January 9, 2012 Permalink

    I read it last night during my flight to France and can definitely recommend it. Brought a tear to the eye of this jaded and cynical old coot, it did.