Olympic Dissonance

Games Against a Messy Background Sport lends itself to a condition of moral simplicity. A major reason we turn to sport is for the undeniable certainty of its win/loss, rule-bound dynamic. At no time does sport’s artificial certainty stand out more than it does at the Olympics, because at no other time does it clash…

A League Falls in the Wilderness

 The Detroit Hockey Association is done. Dissolved. How did I just hear about this? In the Spring of 2012, I published a piece here on Jack Adams Arena in Detroit. I meant to follow it up, but it got lost in the shuffle—until recently, when into the comment section of that first piece someone dropped…

What’s the true intention here?

Just Drop It and the need to fight against the lockout’s bullshit Forget the economics, the creative accounting, the refusal to own up to the botched expansions of both franchises and salaries, the legal maneuverings, and on and on. We all know one thing about the current NHL lockout: it’s bullshit. How right we are.…

The fans are assumed

The NHL and NHLPA battle for our cash, what can we do?  No one ever put a poster of a professional sports team owner on their childhood bedroom wall and no one ever pretended to be Mike Illitch or George Steinbrenner when paying a bill (“the waiter hands over the bill–he signs, and payment is…

This combination of ballet and murder

 Al Purdy’s “Hockey Players” and the perils of making the game religion (It’s best if you Read to the poem first.) How many ways are there to watch a hockey game? Judging from Al Purdy’s “Hockey Players,” there are about six[1]. The poem begins with the player’s “worry” over “broken arms and legs and/ fractured…

Excellence Matters

Of Nick Lidstrom and Mariano Rivera  I really like food. I like eating food, I like cooking food, I like the idea, at least, of growing food. And I like these things to be excellent, or as excellent as possible. Some people think of food as a practical thing, and that makes total sense. It’s …