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Month: May 2017

The Underrated History of the 1970s NBA: Sports Biblio Digest 5.28.17

I fell in love with basketball watching the NBA in the 1970s.

Tall Tales and Short Shorts, Adam Criblez, 1970s NBA Long before I preferred to watch and write about college basketball, the professional game quickly rivaled baseball, my first love, and nearly eclipsed my passions for American football.

Walt Frazier and the New York Knicks, to be exact, triggered this hoops hysteria for me, along with Pete Maravich and the red, white and blue basketball of the American Basketball Association. Continue reading

The aesthetic joys of Roger Federer: Sports Biblio Digest 5.21.17

As he nestles into his mid-30s, Roger Federer is picking his spots to shine on the tennis court and extend his career.

Fedegraphica, Mark Hodgkinson, Roger FedererFederer may have surprised himself when he claimed the Australian Open crown in January in another epic match against Rafael Nadal, his great rival.

At the same time he called that win in Melbourne one of the most special of his career, Federer also privately was contemplating retirement. Continue reading

The ‘Sweetness and Light’ of Frank Deford: Sports Biblio Digest 5.7.17

When Frank Deford signed off this week after 37 years of Sweetness and Light, his regular sports commentary on NPR, I thought it strange that there was very little public or media reaction.

I'd Know That Voice Anywhere, Frank DefordThen I remembered it’s been more than a year since his weekly contributions were cut back to a monthly basis, partly because of the public radio outlet’s push for diverse voices, and not long after a churlish outcry over his segment on media coverage of women’s sports.

The asinine “shoot the messenger” posturing from new media hipsters (including rife usage of “mansplaining,” the ridiculous concoction of an easily triggered millennial media) brought to mind a letter I wrote to Deford years ago, before today’s snarky web kidz were born, when he was the editor of the late, great The National. Continue reading

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