Tag Archives: Sports Illustrated

Monday 06/26 2017
Remembering Frank Deford

“When people ask me why I write about sports, instead of some or any other thing, I tell them this: when it comes to social constructs—the membranes and ligaments which hold groups of people together, the bonding agents not visible on a map or in a flag, things that tie us together socially, not politically—there are only three which can rightfully claim true and enduring power: religion, war, and sport.

Those three social constructs reach, bring together, and separate more people than art or music or movies (both so close!) or literature or whatever else is generally deemed “more important” than sport.

And so, should not our writers who cover so important a social construct be admired and examined with the love and seriousness commensurate with what they cover? All of which is a long way of saying, sport matters, sportswriting matters, and Frank Deford was a fantastic sportswriter. His writing matters, and so does he.

And what fucking writing! Go on ahead and Google an image of Deford, because the easiest way to explain his rhetorical stylings is to say that he wrote how he looked. Unafraid of the purple and being picaresque, large but not bulky or intimidating, charming but not unctuous. He’s a rakish hero, broad shouldered and be-pompadoured, glossy and flashy but never to the point of inelegance.”

Read the rest in The Classical

Wednesday 02/17 2016
At A Crossroads

“But the bottom line is such rosy outlooks are starting to sound tired. Increasingly, the NCAA and lacrosse-centric media are being instructed to shy away from hard-hitting questions about things like attendance and the game’s long-term viability. Oftentimes, the lacrosse establishment makes the game’s history-hewed story seem like a bubble that can never burst — it’s all a rocket ride straight to the top.

In this climate, Championship Weekend stagnant attendance numbers are increasingly shrugged off as an anomaly. After all, last year’s Championship Weekend still drew north of 70,000 spectators. All the while, lacrosse’s D-1 expansion continues apace. Indeed, the landscape would be absolutely unrecognizable to someone who attended the 2007 Championship Weekend — new programs are cropping up everywhere, including in schools well outside of the traditional lacrosse belt (Marquette, Furman, and High Point, just to name a few).”

Read the rest at The Cauldron/Sports Illustrated