Featured Essays

The Immaculate Reception’s Great Truth

You won’t miss his statue at the Pittsburgh International Airport. Franco Harris scoops up the ball every single time, #32 immortalized in a line of statues, next to George Washington, Founding Father, and runner-up to beloved icons at PIT . But Harris’ gaze is off to...

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My God, Herschel Walker, What Have You Become?

Is Herschel perfect?” the man in an American-flag suit and long white hair asks. We gather together this Election Night, November 8, 2022, on the ballroom floor of the Omni Hotel, in Cobb County, outside Atlanta, to await the results: Senator Raphael Warnock versus...

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The Reckoning: Football, Love, and Remembering Paul Oliver

Start with his eyes. “Paul’s eyes,” Chelsea Oliver says, “instantly drew me in.” Rise from the pinewoods off Hadaway Road in Kennesaw, battle under the fiercest lights of the SEC, land in the NFL — and there’s much to see. Whole worlds. “Laser beams,” Tra Battle,...

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The General Who Never Was: Requiem for Bobby Knight

Stay in your chair. I had papers to grade. So many papers. Stacks. Work. I taught writing courses as an adjunct at the University of New Mexico. A few miles away, practice had just started for the 2005 NCAA West Regionals, the Sweet 16. He doesn’t matter. I crammed...

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When We Were Young and Confederate

My earliest memory is of a black man and a Confederate Flag. The man was very black and beautiful. The flag waved in celebration of his flight. The moment still sticks to my lungs. Like any four-year-old, I wanted to fly. Like many in Reagan’s America, I saw this on...

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