Rashard Mendenhall is retiring from the Arizona Cardinals in order to write, among other reasons. “The truth is, I don’t really think my walking away is that big of deal. For me it’s saying, ‘Football was pretty cool, but I don’t want to play anymore. I want to travel the world and write!’” Maybe he’ll be published by another retired sports star’s imprint?
Major League Soccer put together a nice video to accompany the audio of Colum McCann reading his poem, “Robbie Keane.”
From an early age, I loved two things: Texas and crushing disappointment.
College football season is upon us. Here’s our own Nick Moran’s list of recommended of books and articles.
"The 1973 Sugar Bowl, like this year’s Bowl Championship Series title game, featured Notre Dame playing Alabama for the national championship. Late in the game, [Howard] Cosell uttered some of the truest words ever to travel through a press box microphone: ‘At Notre Dame, football is a religion; at Alabama, it is a way of life’.”
- To Love, or Hate, Notre Dame by Bill Morris
"Fifty years ago, a wide-eyed kid in Detroit had a religious experience. It was partly a baptism and partly an epiphany, but mostly it was an illusion. It was that rite of initiation that occurs in the life of every sports fan, that moment when he sees something so magical that he comes to believe that anything, absolutely anything is possible."
- Our own Bill Morris recalls The Thanksgiving Day Massacre