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Bernard Suits’s Legacy: special journal issue — deadline for abstract 30 October 2017

August 28, 2017

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Here is an announcement with an looming deadline, snipped from the Philosophy of Sport blog. Submit your abstract then dress up as a grasshopper for Halloween. (In-joke. The academic philosopher, the late Bernard Suits, wrote the most widely discussed philosophical book on the definition of “a game” — The Grasshopper: Games, Life, and Utopia — […]

This Sporting Life is about to come to life again!

August 28, 2017

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This blog has had a long off-season. Like, five years. It began as a set of reflections on sport over the course of a full calendar year in the world of sport — a year at the beginning of the second decade in this century, which included a Winter Olympics and a FIFA World Cup. […]

Did Lance Armstrong Cheat, and Does it Matter?: what to make of all this now that he will “no longer address” the issue

August 28, 2012

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When Lance Armstrong suddenly pleaded “no contest” last week in the USADA’s proceedings against him, my university’s communications office sent out a time-sensitive request to faculty members who might have some comment. I foolishly glanced at a couple of news reports on my iPad in the meeting I was in, and then tapped out a […]

“Great Team Chemistry No Match For Great Team Biology”

March 7, 2012

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That was a recent headline from The Onion, and as usual, the short article that followed it pretty much wrote itself.  “I’ve never seen a team work in sync with itself as well as A&M did tonight, but unfortunately, they were up against players who have bodies far better adapted for playing basketball,” ESPN’s Jay Bilas […]

This bullfighter needs a left tackle…

March 7, 2012

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…though he is clearly not lacking in cojones. This post may interrupt the flow of posts on the NFL’s “bountygate” (last seen here) but the surreal juxtaposition probably isn’t out of place. Is a bullfighter an athlete? an artist? a butcher? sad clown? all of the above? Well, if Juan José Padilla were an NFL player, […]

What we cannot reliably learn from former NFL players about the “bounty” system (or anything else)

March 7, 2012

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It goes without saying that most of the chatter on the sports networks comes from the mouths of former players and coaches. There may typically be one journalist or “broadcaster” moderating a discussion, and occasionally there are non-player “experts” about particular subjects internal or external to the sport in question (from folks who analyze the […]

Bounty Ethics in the NFL

March 6, 2012

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It’s now day 5 of “bountygate” and there’s surely very little left to be said. For those not entranced by the blue glow of 24/7 sports gossip on ESPN and the NFL Network (where gaggles of pundits on retainer need something to gab about between the early-Februrary Super Bowl and the late-April draft), or for […]