Monthly Archives: September 2012

On the bronzing of sports legends — and goats

TweetThe graceful touch of Leigh Montville is now featured on the newly launched Sports on Earth, and his latest subject is the new bronze figure of Rocky Marciano in his hometown of Brockton, Mass.
Not only is it reportedly the tallest statue in the world — 22-1/2 feet — it reflects the best traditions of honoring [...]

A female sportswriting pioneer remembered

TweetDiane K. Shah, the first woman to write a regular sports column for a big-city daily newspaper, pulled off a rare feat that had eluded many of her male counterparts during her stint with the now-departed Los Angeles Herald-Examiner in the 1980s:
She got Steve Carlton to talk.
Sports author Michael MacCambridge (“America’s Game,” “The Franchise”) provides the [...]

The Web’s longform sports evolution continues

TweetWhen the SB Nation blog network rolled out its redesign Tuesday, it also introduced a new longform feature that’s becoming a standard part of many sports web ventures.
This comes on the heels of the launch of Sports on Earth, an online component of USA Today’s revamped sports operation that features the writing of former newspaper [...]

A sports magazine ahead of its time

TweetWhenever I read something by Alex Belth, I learn something entirely new.
A former New York film editor and SI.com contributor, Belth runs the Bronx Banter blog, which is ostensibly about the Yankees and the arts and culture scene in New York.
But for someone who has no use for the Yankees and doesn’t live in New [...]

Short and Tweet, but to what end?

TweetJust as Sports Illustrated’s latest Twitter 100 list was released at the end of last week, semi-retired Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan tells Sports Business Daily in an exit interview of sorts that:
“The Twitter world has perverted any concept of perspective.”
While it may be easy to accuse Ryan of having a “Get Off My Lawn” [...]

RIP Steve Sabol, the football poet

TweetThe tributes to Steve Sabol poured in Tuesday afternoon, flush with the rhetorical and creative flourishes that he would have loved, and that epitomized his long career at NFL Films.
Sabol, who died of inoperable brain cancer earlier Tuesday at 69, was the son of Ed Sabol, who 50 years ago founded what became that beloved [...]

When the mystique of TitleTown dries up

TweetPardon me for being a bit parochial here, both in subject matter and regarding the author.
Drew Jubera, a former features writer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (my former employer) is the author of “Must Win: A Season of Survival for a Town and Its Team.”

It’s the story of high school football in Valdosta, Ga., three [...]

Best sports reads and links, Sept. 15

TweetRounding up some of the most intriguing reads I’ve come across this week, posted on Sports Biblio, my experimental Tumblr companion to this site, or that I have Tweeted and collected elsewhere:

Pigskin Progessivism — George Will’s war on football, American-style, now seems to blame the political movement popularized by (an unnamed) Teddy Roosevelt for the [...]

Never mind the throwing gap

TweetJanet Hyde, a former psychology department head and women’s studies professor at the University of Wisconsin, employs a familiar argument in explaining research showing that gender-based differences in the throwing of a ball are considerable:
“The more we argue for gender differences, the more we feed people’s stereotypes. A belief in large gender differences is incompatible [...]

The haunting legacy of Art Modell

TweetArt Modell wasn’t the first owner to relocate a storied professional sports team, and he won’t be the last.
When he packed up the Cleveland Browns for Baltimore in 1995, he was moving them to a city that had had its Colts dispatched to Indianapolis in the middle of the night 11 years before.
But many in [...]