All my apocalyptic tendencies toward sport -- mostly from covering the NFL, but other stuff, too -- were sorely tested the other day.
An ambitious web site, medium.com, asked me to wax profoundly on the question of whether we -- we? -- should ban sports. They handed me the symbolic plunger of 500 words and said, go for it, big guy.
Then I had the vision of a nice May day, in the company of a few friends or relatives, sitting behind right field at New Shea, my hands clutching a hero from Mama's of Corona, watching Juan Lagares go back on a fly ball.
It was the moment of truth.
Seven philosophical souls got to express themselves on the subject of whether sports should be totally banned.
Readers are urged to give their opinions -- NOT HERE but on the site, after reading the contents in the link below:
“They may hate the cultural context they now find themselves teaching in, but they love their work. The Achilles’ heel of schoolteachers, one all too easily exploited by politicians, is that they love their students.”
(One of the best reads in the NYT these days is Margaret Renkl, in Nashville. In her latest post, Renkl describes the dedicated core of “born teachers” – the majority, she submits.)
(From Madeleine Albright in one of her final interviews in February):
“Putin is small and pale,” I wrote, “so cold as to be almost reptilian.” He claimed to understand why the Berlin Wall had to fall but had not expected the whole Soviet Union to collapse. “Putin is embarrassed by what happened to his country and determined to restore its greatness.” – Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, recalling her first meeting with the relatively unknown Vladimir Putin in 2000. – The New York Times, Feb. 23, 2022.