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What Makes Hunting So Divisive | The New Republic
"THE FAIR CHASE: THE EPIC STORY OF HUNTING IN AMERICA by Philip DrayBasic Books, 416 pp., $32.00"
book  review  american-studies  sports  environmental  history 
august 2018 by tsuomela
Squash for the Midlife Slump - The New Yorker
A very nice essay on playing competitive squash in the author's fifties.
memoir  sports  midlife 
january 2016 by tsuomela
Keeping Score: How To Understand Baseball : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR
"Keeping score, in baseball, or in life, is a knowledge-making activity. It is, we might say, a form of research. We can get by just fine reading-along on ESPN gamecast, or taking the evening newscast at face value. For most of us, most of the time, that's the best we can manage. But there is another option: we can keep score, that is, we can write the events that matter to us; we can make knowledge and history. How you keep score — using an app, or writing it out by hand — strikes me as entirely irrelevant. But that we keep score, or that, at the very least, we recognize that the score needs keeping — that we can't, however much we might like, abdicate our authority to make sense of what is going on — is crucial."
philosophy  games  play  knowledge  making  baseball  sports 
august 2013 by tsuomela
Joe Paterno's legacy at Penn State in the aftermath of the Freeh Report - Grantland
This was my fundamental mistake. This was our mistake, as a community. The Grand Experiment began as a sales pitch, as a way for Paterno to elevate the standards of the university he loved by using football as the lure. And then at some point, the lure outweighed the catch, and the sales pitch drove motivations, and we were too myopic to see it. At some point, the little white lies that Paterno hid behind — that he would retire after five more years, that Bowling Green was, in fact, a formidable opponent, that the culture of football was in no way segregated from the culture of the university at large — ballooned into this, into a lie so unthinkable that it takes your breath away.
academia  sports  scandal  football  university  from delicious
july 2012 by tsuomela
Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation - Home
Adventure athletes constantly travel to areas of great need.  These ambassadors of the outdoors often want to do more for the areas they travel in but simply have not acquired the skills to do so.
The time is now to harness the unique abilities of people who are already going to difficult to reach areas.  ASC provides the world with the opportunity to learn about these areas on an unprecedented scale.
While countless other organizations have worked to gather scientific data, none have specifically utilized the unique skills of climbers, mountaineers, divers, paddlers, and others to get this data.  There are thousands of people in remote areas everyday.  They are ready, willing, and able to help protect our planets most vital resources, they simply need the tools to do so.
citizen-science  remote  sports  adventure  conservation  environment  science 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Text Patterns: comparisons are odorous
Comment on the Bill James article about talent in Topeka.
talent  education  development  society  sports  literature  recognition  fame 
april 2011 by tsuomela
What it's like to Write a Dissertation
"Writing a dissertation is like playing center field with one difference:

No satisfying recoil. "
academic  baseball  sports  metaphor  writing  dissertation 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Barry Sanders, Matt Biondi, and the Tiger Mom - James Fallows - Culture - The Atlantic
"In other words, being good at something can make it more fun. But only if it's fun first. And only if being good at it doesn't get in the way of the fun. "
sports  fun  enjoyment  passion  flow  experience  practice 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Blood Lust and the Super Bowl by Garry Wills | NYRBlog | The New York Review of Books
"There is the reality behind the Super Bowl—superb young bodies being broken, and irretrievable harm being done to brains. "
sports  football  spectacle  fame 
february 2011 by tsuomela
Get High or Die Trying by Mike Deri Smith - The Morning News
The initial Outside magazine account of Ralston’s tale, written by Mark Jenkins, concludes, “It’s the survivors’ ingenuity—not their errors—that leaves the most lasting impression.” But it’s their errors we should learn from, not miraculous survival that promotes the myth that those who take risks are bulletproof supermen. ...

I’m not saying people should stop climbing, but stories glamorizing risk increase the chance of future disaster. The screenwriter of 127 Hours celebrated Ralston’s heroics saying, ”He was heavily criticized after the accident for going out into the wilderness alone, but that’s the purest way to experience it.”

Well, it’s not so pure to use rope. Or a take a map. Or to turn back. But when you’re hacking through your arm with a blunt knife, clawing your way out off a glacier with a broken leg, or explaining to parents why their children are dead, purity loses its power.
outdoor  outdoors  mountain-climbing  sports  risk  safety  mythology  planning  caution 
november 2010 by tsuomela
What Can International Cricket Teach Us About the Role of Luck in Labor Markets?
How important is luck in determining labor market outcomes? We address this question using a new dataset of all international test cricketers who debuted between 1950 and 1985. We present evidence that a player’s debut performance is strongly affected by an exogenous source of variation: whether the debut series is played at home or abroad. This allows us to identify the role of luck - factors unrelated to ability - in shaping future career outcomes. We find that players lucky enough to debut at home perform significantly better on debut. Moreover, debut performance has a large and persistent impact on long run career outcomes. We also make headway in empirically distinguishing between competing explanations for why exogenous initial conditions exercise a persistent impact on career performance
career  cricket  money  sports  wealth  income 
november 2010 by tsuomela
On ESPN and "Replaceable" People -- RollingStone.com
Measuring people by how much numerical wealth they produce is a kind of psychopathy -- it's that kind of thinking that led to Larry Summers famously saying that African countries are "underpolluted," because poisoning people in low-GDP African states makes less sense than poisoning the relatively more economically productive citizens of Western countries in Europe and America.

That kind of thinking is spreading, because our pop culture priests have succeeded in filling the population with shame and nervous self-loathing to the point where they think of anyone who isn't an employer as a parasite, and anyone who isn't rich and famous, or trying to be, as a loser.
unions  labor  sports  professional  politics 
september 2010 by tsuomela
The Steinbrenner Slobituary -- RollingStone.com
This is where the consequences portion of the formula enters in. When being the first one to stop kissing ass will cost a life, the ass-kissing will basically go on forever. When it will cost you your job, it will go on probably as long as you have a job. And when the consequences are merely that other people may secretly suspect that you have a mind of your own and a spine, the outside edge of the ass-kissing will generally max out at seven days, which is about how long the standard ex-presidential Slobituary lasts here in America.
fame  politics  media  sports 
july 2010 by tsuomela
digital digs: the joys of failure
We ought to be able to say to those kids that striking out is an acceptable risk. It doesn't feel good. It isn't a desirable outcome. But if you can't accept the risk of striking out, you can never get a hit. Maybe 8 year-olds can't understand these risks, but watching my kids I think they are already making more sophisticated calculations about risk in their social interactions with friends.
children  sports  risk  psychology  pedagogy  teaching 
may 2009 by tsuomela
The No-Stats All-Star - NYTimes.com
another Michael Lewis sport profile, a la Moneyball. Let's apply statistics to basketball !
sports  basketball  statistics  by(MichaelLewis)  stardom  fame  success  teamwork  team-building  skills  innovation 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Philosophy of Sport
This blog is dedicated to news and views related to the philosophical dimensions of sport.
weblog-group  philosophy  sports 
february 2009 by tsuomela

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