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Rick Telander on American Football--Five Books interview

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by lcjjdnh, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. lcjjdnh

    lcjjdnh Active Member

    Another excellent interview from the folks at Five Books. Focuses on the "Dark Side" of football, discussing books such as North Dallas Forty and Semi-Tough.

  2. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Here we go again.
  3. Azrael

    Azrael Active Member

    These come around like clockwork, don't they? Still, I think Telander (and Gent and Jenkins and Meggysey, et al.) are a necessary counterbalance to the mainstream cult and culture of big money football.

    Can't separate the game from its central metaphors; shouldn't have game day without the existential anguish, too.
  4. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    In all fairness, TheBrowser is a British site, maybe the topic hasn't yet reached cliche status there.
  5. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Football has no dark side.

  6. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Counterbalance is good. I read all the books he mentioned and liked them all. Bootleggers Boys was a surprisingly good book.

    The counterbalance side though needs to find some more spokes people other than Telander who seems to have a love hate relationship with the game. A few years back he wrote a glowing tribute to the game.

    He did make an error in talking about one of the books on his list - You're OK. He said that Dean Steinkuhler and Mike Munchak played for the Raiders when in fact they played for The Oilers.

    "He talks about Dean Steinkuhler, a tremendous player for the Raiders, who had 13 knee surgeries and another guy, Mike Munchak, a great player too, who had nine surgeries on his right knee alone."
  7. BillyT

    BillyT Active Member

    Boom -- Like you, I was pleasantly surprised by Bootlegger's Boy.
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