The Quest for Excitement: Sport and Leisure in the Civilizing Process. By Norbert Elias and Eric Dunning. Blackwell. $24.95.
At a time when entire nations seem to be hard put to contain the inherent violence of groups and individuals within their [...]
I'm very human. I bleed, cry, feed the babies, read.
"Mean" Joe Greene, defensive linesman, Pittsburgh Steelers
Traditionally, sports in this country held a happy position as an extension of that ambiguous abstraction, the American ch [...]
From Ritual to Record. By Alan Guttmann. Columbia. $10.95.
IF the Sunday edition of the New York Times can be considered a kind of barometer of social change, one cannot help but notice in its sports section a balance that never existed before. Str [...]
Since tennis has recently enjoyed an unprecedented boom approaching the dimensions of a national craze, it is odd that little or no attention has been given to how effectively the sport has been written about over the past fifty years. After all, [...]
Roy Plomley: (Being interviewed by Stephen Potter on the BBC). Mr. Potter, as I've known you for so many years, do you think that on this programme I might call you Stephen?
Potter: Well, why not—Plomley.
At a time when literary humor on bo [...]