What Is the Story of That Championship Season?
Four members of a high school basketball team have gathered at their former coach’s home in a reunion 20 years after they won the 1952 Pennsylvania state championship. Over endless amounts of beer and whiskey these men—now a teacher, an alcoholic, a local businessman, and the town’s mayor—relive those glory days, play by play, as they grapple with the current state of their lives.
What Is That Championship Season Like?
This true ensemble piece is a boys’ club of the highest order, with four men on the verge of middle age ribbing each other like they’re in a high school locker room and deferring to the leadership of their now-retired coach. Over the course of one evening, longstanding grievances are aired and tempers flare up as they explore how their lives have changed—and more importantly, how they haven’t—in the well-worn rhythms of people who grew up together. Their language is peppered with plenty of sports jargon and, in the case of the coach, epithets that haven’t quite caught up with the changing race and gender roles of 1972.
Is That Championship Season Good for Kids?
With a plot that involves infidelity, political maneuvering, racial slurs and literally constant drinking, That Championship Season is best left to the grown-ups, or the more mature teenage set. Leave the younger kids at home.