Almond stalks through his arguments against the modern state of football at a pace that is both clipped and highly personal. There is a lot of shame here, a discomfort with being complicit in that “system” lying at the root of his angry screed.
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I’m not supposed to be an NFL fan. I like writing, books, wine, condiments, ambient music, and US Presidents....more
A century ago, Princeton University was a premiere football school. As a freshman, F. Scott Fitzgerald was cut from the team after just one day. But that didn’t stop him from calling the famed football coach Fritz Crisler in the middle of the night with crazy football strategies, one of which might very well have been fielding separate teams for offense and defense....more
First off, Grant Snider unfolds one of our most dogged clichés.
More than one hundred and fourteen years ago, an uprising broke out in China that eventually became known as the Boxer Rebellion. But according to Jennifer Cheng, the movement now occurring in Hong Kong differs fundamentally from that violent, ultra-nationalist Rebellion of the past....more
“This is a night of more than just football. It’s a night of fresh haircuts and blushed cheeks. It’s four-wheel drive trucks, it’s spent Zima caps and condoms, it’s Levis and short skirts and lights so bright you have to shield your eyes.”...more
The Rumpus Book Club chats with Steve Almond about his new book, Against Football, One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto, the complicity of fans in the violence of the NFL, the sports media’s role in the discussion (or lack of one) and the difficulty of leaving a sport you love....more
The mountains of Alabama are small mountains—foothills, really—but they are mine like a sports team is mine—like a football game (which I have for so long been near but have not really, really seen) is mine—as in the phrase “We scored! We scored!”...more
Domestic violence is so common in the United States—every 9 seconds a woman is assaulted—it rarely makes headlines....more
Twenty-one years ago, a week before Thanksgiving, you were admitted to Dorothea Dix State Psychiatric Hospital in Raleigh, NC....more
SUPER BOWL XLVIII
★★★★★ (4 out of 5)
Hello, and welcome to my week-by-week review of everything in the world. Today I am reviewing Super Bowl XLVIII....more
If you don’t watch football but might be forced to watch the Super Bowl, this may help....more
In a nail salon tucked deep in a failing mall in South Jersey, there’s a small shrine to retired NFL player Bart Oates.
The story behind it “is not the sexiest solution to the Bart Oates Sad Mall Nail Salon Shrine mystery, but it’s representative of how things are in South Jersey.”
Fans of Fantasy Football for Poets take note, if you need something to hold you over until J....more
So there you have it. It’s my belief, based on everything that happened over the course of 2012, that I was fired by Mike Priefer, a bigot who didn’t agree with the cause I was working for, and two cowards, Leslie Frazier and Rick Spielman…
If Fantasy Football for Poets were still going, it would definitely be covering the story of Chris Kluwe, the Minnesota Vikings punter who was just let go for, he believes, being an outspoken advocate of same-sex marriage rights....more
In this column, J. Ryan Stradal examines complex issues of the NFL and brings you original interviews....more
I’m writing about three players who have all quit America’s most popular and visible sport mid-season. Their reasons for quitting are as different as their trajectories, but in each of them, there are shards of a much larger and tragic American story....more
Having a child carves you out. Stories like this line the walls inside, and keep you up wondering why, how, what the fuck is exactly happening here?...more
Being unable to play his favorite instrument anymore broke his heart, but while his injured hand couldn’t perform the delicate gesticulations of a violinist, it was not a hindrance in the blunt-force job of offensive lineman....more
I loved football. Even though Dad had also taught me to swing a bat, field a ball, shoot free throws, block lay-ups, tee off, and do the elementary backstroke, nothing got me more excited than catching a 30-yard pass...more
As the 49ers head to the Super Bowl, San Francisco can’t stuff its excitement into a hemp messenger bag fast enough.
In one season, our City—Bill O’Reilly’s favorite punchline for everything fey and un-American—may defeat the nation in baseball and football....more
Miranda Popkey of The Morning News on why American football is so attractive and quickly becoming the country’s most watched sport for the wrong reasons.
Popkey investigates the realities behind the popular and easy narratives applied to the sport and its players and teams, calling into question the moral and humanitarian deficiencies that the narratives gloss over....more
If Hollywood could cast the Super Bowl teams, it wouldn’t choose most of the guys who make up the New England Patriots and the New York Giants. It also couldn’t invent the stories of how these people got here any better....more
Once a year, an awful lot of people are forced to pretend to care about football....more
I remember being 18 years old, secretly thinking that all the good writers were dead or past their prime. I wanted to be born in the twenties, where wilderness was untamed and fiction was wide open. I knew there must be someone great out there, but the only writers I had loved were the Hemingways and Steinbecks and Fitzgeralds I had come across in English class....more
Hey Football Fans,
Have you been watching a lot of NFL preseason games lately? Or have you, like me, mostly been watching breastfeeding?...more