What Sport Tells us About Life: Bradman’s Average, Zidane’s Kiss and Other Sporting Lessons, by Ed Smith
Before Ed Smith can get to his chosen question—”What can sport tell us about life?”—he finds that another one rears its head: “What can sports writing tell us about sport?” Of course, much sports writing is simply reportage. It tells us what happened, who won, who lost and by how much. Smith, rightly, aims higher than this, but in doing so he recognises two problems that sports writers face. First, sports writing, like literary criticism, is an essentially parasitic activity. The…
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