Author Archives: Wendy Parker

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 [...]

A sour turn for a ‘quality’ sportswriting venture

TweetOn Tuesday I write about developments in sports media, and occasionally step back in time to a different era in sports journalism.
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Just as Sports Illustrated was rolling out its 60th anniversary fare last week, the doors abruptly closed on a young sportswriting venture that never got settled [...]

The fate of the non-revenue NCAA athlete

TweetOn Monday my post is generally related to a timely sports topic prominently in the news, is focused on the business of sports or covers a sports subject at random.
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I don’t know much about law, economics, business, marketing, public relations, television rights and industrial organization.
I certainly don’t [...]

From the archives: The gap between sports and art

TweetWhile I’m taking a summer break from the blog, I’m reposting and updating selected links from the archive.
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Sports art exhibits are not uncommon, but they’re not talked or written about all that much either. Despite some yeoman work trying to bridge this gap, sports historians and scholars [...]