Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Indian Lake Estates, Florida

Monday, September 25, 2006

New Orleans: Sports, As Catalyst

I am often amazed at people who say they just aren't interested in sports. It is one of our culture's most powerful forces. Witness tonight's football game in New Orleans. Whether or not re-building the Superdome was the smartest use of funds for a still-devastated New Orleans, listening to U2 and Green Day during Monday Night Football's pre-game sing The Saints Are Coming was very emotional (not to mention cool especially when the ubiquitous Bono strolled on stage), and hopefully, with the eyes of America on the Crescent City, there will be enough interest to bring about some positive change in the Gulf Coast. Without sports--the passion and theatre of it--there wouldn't have been a forum for this outpouring of emotion--and good deeds.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Saturday, September 16, 2006

When the cyclone starts from South Bend, where the candle lights still gleam through the Indiana Sycamores, those in the way must take to storm cellars at top speed.

--Grantland Rice

Friday, September 01, 2006

Odysseus & Sports

Great piece in the New Yorker (September 4, 2006) by Peter J. Boyer. The article is ostensibly about the Duke lacrosse team--"Big Men on Campus: Lacrosse vs. scholarship at Duke"--but it's not just a rehash of that story, it delves into sports and society.

“If you go back and read the Odyssey, who is Odysseus? ‘Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story of that man skilled in all ways of contending.’ And his ways of contending are intellectual, and they’re strategic, and they’re political, and they’re athletic. And so it seems to me that that would actually be at the foundation of it—it’s the image of excellence. I’m not saying that I would embrace athletics on any terms. But that’s its relevance. And then you have to couch it in the right terms, to have it be consonant with the other values of the university. There are other things as well. It’s about working in teams, about learning to do things together that people can’t do alone. The metaphorical value of sports is actually quite deep, when you stop and think about it. Our culture doesn’t ask us often enough to think about it.”

-- Richard H. Brodhead, President, Duke University