A fast-moving novel mixing slapstick comedy and Joycean literary allusions, soaked in the guttural vernacular of "the Burgh." It's the last week of 1972, goalposted by a stunning, euphoric victory ("The Immaculate Reception") and a city-crushing loss (The Great One, Roberto). Clay, who spends far more time making jag calls to radio stations than studying, has flunked out of another college--meaning he is headed for the Vietnam War. Scan, Clay's roommate, is also at risk: After being on thin ice for his role in an April Fools college newspaper edition, his grad paper mocking James Joyce is rejected. Within days, Clay and Scan meet the women of their dreams...but can these jagoffs stay a step ahead of the small-time mob that's after them?