Monthly Archives: October 2012

The dubious deeds of the sports ‘justice’ system

TweetBravo — no, bravissimo — to Elliott Turner for his excoriation of the sports governing bodies involved in disciplinary proceedings against Lance Armstrong (doping) and Chelsea soccer star John Terry (racial taunting of another player).
Turner’s withering discourse on The Classical gets to the heart of the problem of the “kangaroo courts” of sports. Bodies like [...]

The high highs and low lows of American sportswriting

TweetThe glee that comes with knowing that the 2012 edition of The Best American Sports Writing is now available didn’t last long.
I downloaded it onto my iPad (this is 2012), eager to dig into Wright Thompson on cricket, Thomas Lake on Darrent Williams, S.L. Price on Aliquippa football, Jeré Longman on Leo Messi, Alex Belth [...]

Of sportsmen, Cowboys and Texas football feuds

TweetIf you’re a Dallas Cowboys fan, the team’s glorious past, rather than the grim reality of the now it displayed last night, might be a lot more interesting.
At The Dallas Morning News, sports journalist Allen Barra reviews three recently published books about the Cowboys that illustrate how professional football was able to cut through the [...]

As the existential probing of the NFL continues

TweetDespite its continued ratings dominance and the public’s obsession over nearly every facet of its operations — refereeing crisis, finally ended! — the National Football League continues to get some serious questioning about the very core of its being.
As the furor over Golden Tate’s ill-gotten touchdown ramped up, I came across several magazine pieces that [...]