Category Archives: sports culture

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 [...]

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 [...]

The cultural roots of race and baseball

TweetWhile I’m taking a summer break from the blog, I’m posting links about sports history, books, culture and the arts that I haven’t mentioned here before. If you have any suggestions on great sports reads you’d like to bring to my attention, contact me at wendygparker@gmail.com. Enjoy!
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On the [...]

Why sports fans are the way they are

TweetWhile I’m taking a summer break from the blog, I’m posting recent links about sports history, books, culture and the arts that I haven’t mentioned here before. If you have any suggestions on great sports reads you’d like to bring to my attention, contact me at wendygparker@gmail.com. Enjoy!
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Sports, the arts and the gloriously obscure

TweetOn Saturday night, while serendipitously flipping through channels, I reached ESPN Classic and for the first time watched “Bud Greenspan: At the Heart of the Games.”
This was released in early 2008, right before what would be Greenspan’s final Olympics in Beijing. It was a documentary film about how the Olympic documentary filmmaker came to be, [...]

Weekend arts: Mixed reviews for ‘Million Dollar Arm’

TweetAs a cinematically formed entity, the newly released “Million Dollar Arm” might be going the way of far too many sports-related movies.
Based on the true tale of a struggling sports agent searching for an Indian cricket star to crack American baseball, “Million Dollar Arm” has far too many milquetoast contrivances for Grant Bisbee of SB Nation. [...]

Friday arts: Plimpton film comes to PBS

TweetI haven’t checked to see when either of my local PBS affiliates are showing “Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself,” which debuted last week.
I’m in a market in Atlanta where “first run programming” on PBS doesn’t get aired right away.
So it’s great and convenient that the full film, part of the PBS “American Masters” series, can [...]

The selling — and mishandling — of Michael Sam

TweetThe feel-good story of Michael Sam lost some of its sheen last week when Oprah Winfrey announced the production of a “docu-series” on her OWN cable outlet that would chronicle the story of the openly gay St. Louis Rams draftee as he attempts to make a National Football League roster.
The carefully planned disclosure by the [...]

Kickstarting a global sports website launch

TweetNearly three years ago one of the rare independent additions to the growing online sports magazine set was launched via Kickstarter.
Now, some of the people and contributors behind The Classical are involved in another Kickstarter effort to begin a website that looks at global sports from a largely cultural perspective.
The site is called The Allrounder [...]

Weekend arts and culture: A sports art competition

TweetA new exhibit has opened in Florida featuring the finalists of the National Art Museum of Sport’s 3rd annual Commitment to Excellence in Art and Sport.
Last night a reception was held in Bradenton to kick off the exhibit, which continues at the ArtCenter Manatee’s Kellogg Center until Sept. 21.
The exhibit, co-sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic [...]