Author Archives: Wendy Parker

It’s hard to call it labor when it doesn’t feel like work

TweetLabor Day in the United States is being observed today, and I thought I’d use the occasion to select some blog posts that I truly enjoyed putting together.
What I discovered wasn’t surprising: The posts that were the most fun to write and ponder were those that best exemplified the intersection of sports and creativity that [...]

In defense of the culture of football

TweetIt’s getting harder, if not impossible, to defend the culture of football, and the raw expression of masculinity that comes with it.
Concussions, brain trauma and other crippling injuries suffered on the gridiron are blamed for the suicides of players, some famous, some not.
The names of football players, some famous, some not, are attached to too [...]

Sports History Files: The original sins of college football

TweetThe violence, crippling injuries, academic short cuts and other dysfunctional components of the present-day world of college football are hardly new.
Nor do they date back only a half-century or so, when the NCAA finally modernized in the early 1950s, cracked down on rule-breakers and reigned in athletic departments that wanted to cut their own television [...]

Midweek Books: The saga of Saturdays in the fall

TweetOn Wednesday I highlight noteworthy new sports books, with links to reviews, interviews and other information about the subject and/or author. Today my focus is on the college football season that officially kicks off Thursday. In the coming weeks new books will be featured here about the NFL.
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Michael [...]

The challenging art of stylish football writing

TweetOn Tuesday I write about developments in sports media, and occasionally step back in time to a different era in sports journalism. This week I am devoting posts to the upcoming American football season, college and pro, with a focus on new books and writings on the subject.
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The increasingly guilty pleasures of the football fan

TweetOn Monday my post is generally related to a sports topic prominently in the news, is focused on the business of sports or covers a sports subject at random. This week I am devoting posts to the upcoming American football season, college and pro, with a focus on new books and writings on the subject. [...]

As the summer begins to fade away

TweetOne of the best vacations I ever took was quite a few years ago, in Colorado, where I had done things I rarely ever did and in some cases haven’t done since.
A friend had a time share in Breckenridge, and for a glorious week I filled my days with kayaking and canoeing, some hiking and [...]

A NASCAR tragedy and Southern culture

TweetMy stepfather had just passed through Valdosta on his way back to Atlanta when the news came over his car radio that Dale Earnhardt had died.
An avid NASCAR fan, my stepfather had seen the 2001 Daytona 500 in person on that fateful day, watching the legendary driver’s car collide along the back straightaway with Ken [...]

Sports History Files: The baseball strike, 20 years later

TweetHow I enjoy and perceive the game of baseball changed forever 20 years ago this week, when well-heeled major leaguers went on strike.
A month later, as pennant races should have been coming to a climax, MLB cancelled not only the regular season, but the playoffs.
There would be no World Series for the first time in [...]

Midweek Books: Can a mad man rescue Man U?

TweetOn Wednesday I highlight noteworthy new sports books, with links to reviews, interviews and other information about the subject and/or author.
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A disastrous season at Manchester United saw David Moyes, Sir Alex Ferguson’s hand-picked successor, sacked last April after only 10 months on the job.
Even Ray Perkins had more [...]