As things are, and as fundamentally they must always be, poetry is not a career, but a mug’s game. No honest poet can ever feel quite sure of the permanent value of what he has written: He may have wasted his time and messed up his life for nothing.
Ben Roethlisberger is a proven winner in athletic competition. But the measure of a true leader is how they conduct themselves 24/7, not just during a winning touchdown drive or a goal-line stance. Leadership isn’t something that gets switched off because the game clock expires.
Biography, like big game hunting, is one of the recognized forms of sport, and it is as unfair as only sport can be.
The caliber of play suffered and attendance declined year by year. Interest in college football was exploding, and there was this new game called basketball.
If the Earth gets hit by an asteroid, it’s game over. It’s control-alt-delete for civilization.
We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the game.
If you want to make films, you’ll watch Kurosawa. If you want to play a violin, you listen to Seghetti. Same with somebody who has the ambition to play in the NBA. I watch a basketball game; I enjoy it. Somebody who really wants to learn to play is studying whatever is most magnificent that’s going on out there.
For me, baseball is the most nourishing game outside of literature. They both are re-tellings of human experience.
Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
And then came the nineties, when management, suddenly frightened that they had ceded control to the players, sought to restore baseball’s profitability by ‘running the game like a business.’