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Joys of Pond Hockey.....by Charles McGrath

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by JR, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    He has captured the joy of outdoor skating and pond hockey...perfectly


    While it lasted, though, the ice was as good as it has ever been — as black and hard as a mirror. Your skate blades left marks like an engraving tool, and the surface was so free of ripples that if you looked down you could see plump orange carp cruising under your feet like submarines.

    Anybody who's played on a freshly frozen pond on a bright, cold, sunny day knows there is no greater feeling in the world.

    The ice is glass hard and the sound the skates make cutting through is like background music.

    I used to play with my kids on a pond by lake Ontario. While you were playing, you could look across the lake and stare at downtown Toronto, no more than five miles away.
  2. ServeItUp

    ServeItUp Active Member

    Makes me wish I'd picked up the sport. Beautiful imagery. Candidate for BASW, for sure.
  3. DocTalk

    DocTalk Active Member

    Nothing better than playing hockey on a backyard rink in the moonlight. The game never seems to end.
  4. Birdscribe

    Birdscribe Active Member

    Yeah, that didn't suck too bad.

    Makes this California boy wistful. Playing roller-hockey behind the Albertson's until 3 a.m. on summer nights isn't quite the same.
  5. jgmacg

    jgmacg Guest

    Chip's the former editor of the NY Times Book Review; and for a long while before that an editor at The New Yorker. He's a writer of ease and simple grace - in the tradition of Mitchell and White and Angell - and skates the same clean, upright lines he writes. He's a writer-at-large for the NYT now, and young writers should seek out his work wherever it can be found. He's a model of clarity and purpose.
  6. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    The last thing I read by McGrath was his great obit on Mailer. And as jg says, a writer who's a lot like White & Angell.

    And now I feel a little guilty.

    I would never have thought that the former editor of the NY Times Book review and editor of the New Yorker would play hockey.

    It's a Canadian prejudice, I guess. Or at least, my prejudice.
  7. ServeItUp

    ServeItUp Active Member

    Yeah, JR, you prejudiced MF. We do have a shinny down here every so often. ;)
  8. jgmacg

    jgmacg Guest

    Chip's also a very nice man. And his son Ben now writes - and well - for The New Yorker.

    And there's a shinny game at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan, M-F at noon, if you're ever in town and need a place to skate.
  9. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    It's not that Yanks don't play shinny---and I know you do.

    I figured that it would be above the editor of the NY Times Book review, that's all.

    And jg, if I'm going to be in NY in the winter, I'll bring my skates
  10. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    No joy in Toronto pond-hockey circles: tourney called because of weather.

  11. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Glad you posted this, jgmacg... I like Ben McGrath's stuff a lot. I would have never connected the father-son dots.
  12. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    I think the Kinsmen need to find a new event to hang their hat on. Holding a pond hockey tournament these days in the GTA is a bad bet.
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