Topic: Imagined Communities

October 18, 2013

 A national team is still just a team. It can’t get by on the trappings of nationality alone. Sharing a nationality with the players is no substitute for sharing a sense of purpose with them. You need to know that when you look at them, they will sometimes look back at you. Otherwise, why does a team exist at all?

August 19, 2013

No one really talks about loving sports bars. Very few of us actually do, and for very good reason. And yet these shabby, TV-jammed places are where we go to get something we need, and so something like home.

August 15, 2012

Sometimes it feels that the Olympics are less an international event than two hundred simultaneous national events.