Tag Archives: concussions

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 [...]

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. [...]

The modest birth of a sporting spectacle

TweetThis NFL Films clip of Super Bowl I gives you an indication how far ahead of their times the likes of Pete Rozelle and Lamar Hunt truly were. The celebrity sightings and entertainment pizzazz were there from the start. We’ve gone from birds flying overhead in 1967 to fighter jets, pop culture halftime shows and [...]

Backtracking 2013: The best of Sports History Files

TweetOn Monday, I wrote about the marvelous longform sportswriting that continues to proliferate on the Web, despite some crabbiness to the contrary.
Today I’m linking to posts I wrote in the past year about sports history, one of the foundations of this blog and something that will become a stronger focus here in the coming [...]

Sports History Files: A century of ‘reforming’ football

TweetFollowing the suicide of former NFL All-Pro linebacker Junior Seau last year, and the media frenzy that surrounded his San Diego-area home, Buzz Bissinger blasted the press for trying to perpetuate a narrative he thought foolhardy as he asserted that the culture of violence in football was essentially unreformable.
(A few months later, Bissinger called for [...]

The eternal lure and brutal eloquence of football

Tweet“Football is a celebration of a not innocent and not rational and not liberal human condition. That is its attraction.” — Michael Novak, “The Joy of Sports”
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There is a young man who grew up in an upscale suburb of Atlanta, located not far from me, and where his [...]

Reeling from the Freel suicide

TweetMy former AJC colleague Mike Tierney talks to Christie Moore Freel, who was taken aback by news of her former husband’s death in spite the demons she knew he had fought for years:
I know a lot of people say they weren’t shocked by it, but I really was. I really thought, at some point, 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 [...]

‘They are trading money for brain cells’

TweetThe heartbreaking death of troubled NHL tough guy Derek Boogaard, the subject of a three-part series that concluded Tuesday in The New York Times, reveals how the league isn’t terribly eager to talk about his damaged brain that shocked researchers who received it on request from his family.
And it certainly hasn’t quelled the appetite some fans [...]