1. Reasons #47-49 to support @theallrounderco

    47. Because David Roth at The Classical thinks you should and he knows what’s what in the world of online sportswriting.  I know because he interviewed me yesterday for his own Kickstarted website for smart sports fans (a bit more journalistic and poetic than ours may turn out to be) and said some great things about us.

    Here are a couple of excerpts:

    48.

    DR: What are the challenges of writing…

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  2. Reason #46 to Support @theallrounderco

    46. Because if you do, you’ll be giving yours truly, Bad Prof, a sweet assist, just like Jimmy King of the University of Michigan’s legendary Fab Five!

  3. Support The Allrounder on Kickstarter and get on Bad Prof’s team!
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1586916355/the-allrounder

  4. 45 Reasons to Support The Allrounder

    45 Reasons to Support The Allrounder

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    By now, most of you must know that I’m co-founding and co-editing a new online forum for thoughtful observers of sport: The Allrounder. If so, you also know that to raise funds for our launch and first year of operation, we’re in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign that will run until May 20. We are asking for $55,000 in donations. As usual for Kickstarter, if we don’t get it all, we get…

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  5. The Voice of my Dad

    The Voice of my Dad

    I wrote most of this a few years ago. It seems much more important now. And so I added a bit to it at the end. Thanks for reading.

    What is my father’s voice? What does it sound and feel like? What does it say? What difference does it make? I’ve written about how radio broadcasts would help me mute the sound of his voice as he and my mother argued and how, at a metaphorical level, my father’s…

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  6. Our Myth of Creation

    Our Myth of Creation

    This is the text of a presentation I’ll be giving this weekend at the American Comparative Literature Association annual conference at New York University.  It’s also an abbreviated version of Chapter One of my book manuscript.  I know it’s a scholarly work, and long for a blog post, but I trust the intelligence, curiosity, and attention span of my readers.  Feedback welcome as always!

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    From its…

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  7. New UM Course: Comp Lit 100: Global Sports CulturesToday I received the good news that the new course I designed — Global Sports Culture — was…View Post

    New UM Course: Comp Lit 100: Global Sports Cultures

    Today I received the good news that the new course I designed — Global Sports Culture — was…

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  8. The Freedom in Dennis RodmanThis was written sometime in the summer of 1996, after the Bulls won the NBA championship, led by…View Post

    The Freedom in Dennis Rodman

    This was written sometime in the summer of 1996, after the Bulls won the NBA championship, led by…

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  9. Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Headband

    An experiment, with apologies to Wallace Stevens

    I

    The cotton, nylon and spandex are blended

    to provide superior softness, stretchy comfort

    and to keep sweat out of your eyes,

    so all you have to worry about is your game.

    II

    For eight dollars

    you can…

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  10. How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Lebron