Best of 2021

2021 marks PressBox’s fifth annual Best Of edition celebrating the top people, performances and moments of the year.

Best Book

The UMBC men’s hoops team claimed a share of the America East regular-season championship in February, its first regular-season league title since 2008. It was the final accomplishment for Ryan Odom before departing for Utah State.

His accomplishments will not soon be forgotten. That’s in part because in March, there was literally a book released that was all about them. Kevin Cowherd’s “U Must Be Cinderella!” captured the story of the Retrievers’ historic upset of Virginia in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

Particularly riveting chapters in the former Baltimore Sun writer’s tome were about the upbringing of school president Dr. Freeman Hrabowski (who announced his pending retirement in August) and Odom’s family.

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Justin Tucker

Issue 272 December 2021 / January 2022


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