Nostalgia at Bat
May 15, 2011
Today the thrill which African-Americans once received from—and gave back to—the game of baseball at every level is all but gone. They make up less th
The Old New Journalism
October 25, 2010
Gay Talese is, famously, one of the founders of the movement of lively and literary reportage known as the New Journalism, and one of the most imitate
The Rest of Munich
September 03, 2010
This is not a history of the Black September attack—indeed, that element is given oddly short shrift. Instead, they aim to tell the story of the prepa
Lords of the Ring
August 17, 2010
Introduced into the country first by the British and then their Irish cousins, prize fighting had become an integral part of American leisure time by
Race to the Plate
March 12, 2010
Relatively few people know of a most unusual story, and one that confounds many of our expectations about life in the Jim Crow era. It is the story o
March 05, 2010
Not many books get written on Ivy League athletics, which is a shame. While the Ivy League may not be particularly important to the world of sports, s
October 30, 2009
Something wonderful, or terrible, is taking place in Philadelphia. The city's sports fans, whose only consistent love has been for an inanimate object--the statue of Rocky--are becoming warm and fuzzy. Sort of. Kind of. Well, about as nice as they are ever going to get in Philly, where fans have made their national mark with nastiness, boos, and a perverse fondness for losing. But now the city is confronted with a success story greater than any since the signing of the Constitution (which wasn't so pretty, either). It's the Philadelphia Phillies, of course.
October 17, 2009
Whatever happens in the National League and American League Championship series unfolding over the next week or so, one outcome has already been decided--the effective end of the theories of Moneyball as a viable way to build a playoff-caliber baseball team when you don't have the money. That no doubt sounds like heresy to the millions who embraced Michael Lewis's 2003 book, but all you need to do is keep in mind one number this postseason: 528,620,438.
Let Vick Play
July 25, 2009
I’m fed up with the anguished deliberations about whether former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, who served 21 months in jail for promoting dog-fighting and killing, should be allowed to play pro football again. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who has spent his adulthood as a pro football front office guy, is going to judge whether Vick is morally fit to put on a helmet and pads and risk life and limb before thousands of screaming fans. I don’t condone breeding dogs to kill each other.
March 23, 2009
Like most, I consider the Times' A.O. Scott one of the very best critics writing in the English language, thanks not only to the elegant wit of his prose--his review of Seven Pounds may have been the most entertaining I read last year--but also to the fact that he very rarely lets his exceptional style get in the way of good common sense. When I disagree with him over a film, it is more often than not over the relative weight assigned to a particular aspect: Was Virtue A enough to overcome Flaw X, and so on.