‘The fellowship of the miserable’ is a phrase coined by former Boston Celtics head coach, Rick Pitino. He was referring to an angry collection of Boston sports fans who vent their frustrations through the talk radio airwaves and Internet blogs and chat rooms. Finally, the many summers of discontent were wiped away when the Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years. And when that championship was sandwiched between two New England Patriot Super Bowl victories, the Boston sports fan could lay claim to three titles in twelve months, and at least temporarily, the fellowship was no longer miserable.
14-year-old Jimmy Macomber was among the many jubilant Boston sports fans, yet his misery continued. He was battling leukemia. In The Fellowship of the No Longer Miserable, Jimmy undergoes a bone marrow transplant soon after the Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers in the 2004 Super Bowl. While recovering both at home and at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Jimmy listens to, and eventually participates in, sports talk radio. It is both a distraction and a great comfort to him, and his voice on the radio is one of great hope and faith.
Latest News — Bob has another new book just released called, Breakdown: A Season of Gang Warfare, High School Football, and the Coach who Policed the Streets. It’s a Friday Night Lights of the inner city. Chelsea High School’s football team was coached by a Gang Unit police officer who tough-loved kids who were either in gangs, influenced by gangs, or working to avoid gangs. In the end, their futures were a lot more hopeful than his.
Or, Bob’s new website: bobhalloranblogs.com will be up and running in mid-August. Look for it!