Olympic Dissonance: Games Against a Messy Background

By E. Martin Nolan 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 more…

A League Falls in the Wilderness

By E. Martin Nolan 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…

What’s the true intention here?

By E. Martin Nolan 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.…

Jack Adams Arena: A fragile island of hockey diversity

By E. Martin Nolan Including an interview with outgoing Detroit Hockey Association President Will McCants. Take Lyndon East from Greenfield in northwest Detroit and you’ll go through a neighborhood of detached bungalows and then random industrial parks and warehouses. It’s a quiet, non-distinct stretch of road in an often eerily quiet city. To your left…

Hockey simulates the modern world: A speculation

By E. Martin Nolan “Transition is a becoming. In the sphere of logic transition is mute, in the sphere of freedom, it becomes.” -SØren Kierkegaard on the metaphysical ramifications of hockey (20-21) Like your life, hockey is a game of uncertain certainties. Puck possession, while attainable and incredibly important, is always in doubt. So if…

What Obama could learn from Brian Burke

By E. Martin Nolan How to make a civil rights statement with vigor Compare these two quotes: “It has become abundantly clear to me that NHL players, coaches, and management agree completely with our ideals: talent matters, sexual orientation does not. If you can play, You Can Play.” “At a certain point, I’ve just concluded…