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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 Well-Known 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 Well-Known 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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