Topic: Myths

April 17, 2014

How did a great Joe Montana touchdown pass to Dwight Clark become "The Catch"? The same way all NFL myths get made: because NFL Films had its camera in just the right place, and knew just how to sell it. An excerpt from Travis Vogan's book Keepers of the Flame: NFL Films and the Rise of Sports Media.

February 13, 2013

There are a lot of tricks and schemes that sports owners have tried to fill seats -- and boxscores -- for the teams they own. From Olympic sprinters turned basestealers to little people turned OBP machines, trying to game the system is as old as the sports themselves. Like these, the idea of making a sumo wrestler a hockey goalie has been bandied about for longer than most of us can remember because it hints at the larger existential questions of sports: What's fair? Is practicality important? Why is Charles B. Wang so ridiculous? 

April 17, 2012

However much authority the José Mourinho that walked into the press conference on that warm July day in 2004 could mobilize, the one that walked out was one of rare, maybe unsurpassed authority who had literally seduced most of the press pack. Thereafter, The Special One would have his Anglophone audience largely eating out of his hand for the remainder of his three-and-a-bit years in charge at Chelsea.

December 20, 2011

To appreciate Devin Hester is to be dazzled, shocked, exhilarated, to speak in tongues as if being touched by the divine, or to roll around on the floor uncontrollably like a seizure victim. He evokes otherworldly reactions because, simply, he is capable of otherworldly actions.