Monthly Archives: December 2012

When Net skeptic meets sports-and-gender philistine

TweetEvgeny Morozov Tweeted the other day that:
True story: Harvard’s library subscribes to “Journal of the Philosophy of Sport” but not to “Journal of the Philosophy of History”
The author of “The Net Delusion” is embarking on a Ph.D. in Harvard’s lauded history of science program, so this must have been an odd discovery. But not [...]

Some immaculate, spooky conspiracy-weaving

TweetI watched the “The Immaculate Reception: A Football Life” doc on the NFL Network last night, and it revealed some interesting nuggets to me that I hadn’t known before.
Such as how the now-famous moniker, coined by a Steelers fan standing on a table in a bar after the game, took a couple years to truly [...]

No end of the year stuff here

TweetNot when the world is about to come to an end.
Not only was the first sentence lame, I lied in the headline.
What I meant to write was that I’m not compiling any must-read or favorite lists. But plenty others in the sports world are.
Bruce Berglund at New Books in Sports has opted for what he [...]

Steroids, moralizing and the Baseball Hall of Fame

TweetMy objections to the War on Steroids are not subtle, nor are they conflicted, as I have written here and here and here.
The caveat has always been that I’m more concerned about the public unaccountability of the taxpayer-funded USADA than athletes who are presumed guilty merely by being charged with doping. Including Lance Armstrong.
But expressing [...]

Midweek books: Missing Halberstam more than ever

TweetI gave myself a little birthday present last month by downloading the electronic version of “Everything They Had: Sports Writing from David Halberstam.”
Published in 2009, two years after the author’s tragic death in an automobile accident, “Everything They Had” is a collection of Halberstam’s non-book sportswriting for newspapers, magazines and online publications, including ESPN.com’s discontinued [...]

The future of independent sports websites

TweetOn Sunday NBC Sports and Yahoo! Sports announced that they have entered into a content-sharing arrangement, the latest example of old/new media collaboration in the hotly contested sports domain.
Unlike Turner Sports‘ recent acquisition of Bleacher Report, this isn’t a consolidation. Nor is it a vast reorganization, as has happened at USA Today, which also acquired [...]

The story of the original Johnny Heisman

TweetJohnny Manziel’s heartfelt speech upon winning the Heisman Trophy Saturday undoubtedly would have made the honor’s namesake proud.
For as fearlessly — and occasionally brashly — as the Texas A & M quarterback plays the game, earning him the nickname “Johnny Football,” his humility in the wake of being the first freshman to win the award [...]

Friday arts: The boxing art of George Bellows

TweetJust as I’ve been enjoying digging into literature and art on boxing comes plenty of rave reviews about an exhibition of the work of American realist painter George Bellows. This summer the tour began at the National Gallery of Art in Washington and currently is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New [...]

Sports history files: The first AFC championship game

TweetGiven the paucity of old NFL Films availability on television — this helps to explain why — I consider it a feat when I come across an episode I didn’t know existed.
It’s been nearly 42 years since the NFL split off into the NFC and AFC, with the winners meeting in the Super Bowl. For [...]

Midweek books: An early history of the NFL

TweetThe University of Nebraska Press is a treasure trove of terrific books about sports and sports history, and a new issue about the early days of pro football by Washington Times sports columnist Dan Daly looks to be a real treat.
In the “National Forgotten League: Entertaining Stories and Observations from Pro Football’s First Fifty Years,” [...]