Sport

April 6, 2015

Stodgy, Slow, Sacred: Fathers and Sons and Baseball 1

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This is why baseball matters so much to me. In an era of relentless change, here is one thing that has remained constant without losing its capacity to dazzle. Here is one thing a dad and an eight-year-old can talk about without either one having to pretend to be interested.

March 27, 2015

Scorebooks and Commonplace Books 0

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Though the scorebook does occasionally record the spectacular, for the most part its method is antithetical to the commonplace book. One chronicles the monotonous; the other collects the exceptional.

January 12, 2015

Why Big-Time College Football Sucks 24

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America has been “reduced to grateful infantilism by the game of football.”

November 14, 2014

To Hell with All that Guilty Love: On Steve Almond’s ‘Against Football’ 7

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Wrapping up issues of corporate welfare, media sycophancy, sanctioned brutality, and beating them with an angry stick, Almond’s screed is less an assault on football than the organization that aids and abets its worst behavior.

September 16, 2014

Dan Epstein on the Hairy Goofy Polyester Glory of 1970s Baseball 0

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In Epstein I discovered a smart writer who actually reveled in the cheesiness of the 1970s. And he did it without the killing smirk of irony.

July 10, 2014

The Scourge of the Peloton: On Tim Krabbé’s The Rider 0

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In honor of the Tour de France, taking to the couch with Tim Krabbé’s sports classic.

May 8, 2014

The Starting Six: On the Remarkable Glory Days of Iowa Girls Basketball 15

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Girls basketball was part of the culture. Each spring the TV broadcasts from the capacity crowds at the state’s largest arena in Des Moines took over one of the three stations our antenna received, and it was largely from these games that I learned the names of small town Iowa: Grundy Center, Montezuma, What Cheer.

April 10, 2014

Viral Video: The Most Famous 15-Year-Old Basketball Player in America 3

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But Woods’s weight as prep basketball’s premier Internet phenomenon — and how dominant he looks in his highlights — might give a false impression of his chances at future success. It’s entirely possible Woods is at the height of his fame right now. I went to the Hammond School to see what that kind of uniquely modern sports celebrity felt like in person.

June 7, 2013

End Zones: On Football, Sports Scandals, and Don DeLillo 1

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The machine of college football, of American athletics as a whole, would not exist without people like me: people who complain about the world of sports, but who still play. People like me, who forgive the sins, who forget the scandals, because of innocence, ignorance, or both.

October 9, 2012

Wickets and Wonders: Cricket’s Rich Literary Vein 8

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Cricket fans hate lazy comparisons to baseball, but the literary analogy is an apt one here: if baseball is America, then cricket is—or rather, was—England.