November 22, 2010

Knockout Reading 5


Tom Wolfe, Norman Mailer, Hunter Thompson and Gay Talese, all wrote extensively about pugilism, but none of these portrayals of real life boxers nurse a bookworm’s dream of being a toughened fighter like fiction.

November 3, 2010

Gay Talese’s The Silent Season of a Hero is Sports Writing That’s Destined to Last 0


Even more fascinating to Talese than failure is the murky downslope of greatness, the twilight of storied careers, the ways stars must struggle to get their bearings after the cheering stops.

June 28, 2010

World Cup Reading: Books, Beers, Bars 5


It’s all a question of the right book for the right occasion. For some people, that occasion will be at a bar where you’ll hear the zizzing of vuvuzelas, the shouting of national anthems, the thumping of a jabulani. It’s hard to justify spending hours in front of the screen, drinking beer no less, unless, of course, you bring a book.

May 25, 2010

The Millions Interview: Tom McAllister 2


McAllister became known as “the ultimate Philly guy.” No wonder, considering he grew up in a row house, attended La Salle University, teaches at Temple, and even worked in a cheesesteak shop. But a person cannot be so reduced, as he explores in his new memoir.

April 30, 2010

Fighting Words: Kasia Boddy’s Boxing: A Cultural History 1


To its critics, boxing is as persistent and as worrisome a social phenomenon as prostitution; and indeed, being a very direct way for poor young men to make use of their bodies, it is a kind of masculine cognate for the female sex trade. The more sympathetic view is that boxing is ugly but necessary.

February 2, 2010

The Magisterial Goal 27


Soccer broadcaster Ray Hudson values hyperbole over precision. His quips, spontaneous and unedited, conflating science and art, have gained him a reputation as one of the most notorious announcers in all of sports.

November 3, 2009

In Play – Runs: Baseball and the Internet 11


Much of the discourse about sports is couched in a conservative ethos, regardless of the political inclinations of those in the dialog. But the internet has changed what it means to be a fan.

August 7, 2009

Socialism Vs. the Beautiful Game 0


Millions readers who follow European soccer, the progress of democratic socialism, or international tax policies may be interested in Jonathan Last’s article in the Weekly Standard this week about how Gordon Brown’s recent tax hike – from 40% to 50% on the top tax bracket – is decimating the English Premier League. (And yes, I […]

June 13, 2009

Baseball’s Raucous Early Days: The Glory of Their Times by Lawrence Ritter 0


My father in law has a huge collection of radio programs that he has taped and cataloged over the last two or three decades, and several years ago he gave me a couple of interesting tapes from the late 1980s. They contain a recorded performance of a baseball-themed show put on by the late baseball […]

February 26, 2009

Baseball Oasis: A Story of Chicago’s Winnemac Park 1


I wrote the following piece in 2005 when I was in graduate school in Chicago. It was fun to research and write, but I never had the opportunity to do anything with it. However, with baseball season just around the corner, and this correspondent already getting excited, it seemed like a reasonable moment to dust […]