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In defense of the culture of football, con’t

TweetNot much of a peep from my Tweeps yesterday when I put out the link to this fine and eloquent rebuttal to critics of American football from Jonathan Chait at New York Mag.
Now I don’t feel so alone for having written this a couple weeks back.
Perhaps it was the headline — “In Defense of Male [...]

Why sports isn’t about ‘respecting’ you

TweetLast week I wrote for The Cauldron, a new sports vertical on the Medium platform, about Hope Solo, gender and domestic violence and the excuse-making that has surrounded the discussion of a female athlete being charged with physical aggression. Here’s what I wrote about the counterreaction that is as disappointing as it was predictable:
“The real [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]