By Anthony “Antek” Rudnicki
In a powerful literary style, the struggle of a steel-city,2nd-generation working-class youth growing up Polish, Catholic and Bipolar in the Buffalo, New York region during the mid-20th Century is dramatically revealed. This story becomes the perceived journey of a perpetual underdog.
Even the breakdowns morph into an underdog brotherhood. In Buffalo, the manic outburst of a comic of Jewish origins (Lenny Bruce), and in New Orleans, the punching frenzy of a black boxer (Muhammad Ali).
The book’s title traces back to shooting a game of pool out West with Native Americans, a primary underdog.