Inside the Ropes : Sportswriters Get Their Game On

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  • Copyright: 2008-11-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
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Most of us will never know what it's like to parachute out of a Cessna, tend goal for the Boston Bruins, burn rubber on a NASCAR track, scale Everest, or quarterback the Detroit Lions. So it's our good fortune when dauntless literary journalists actually play the sports they cover-returning with firsthand tales from "inside the ropes." Here, in the tradition popularized by George Plimpton, is participatory sports writing at its finest and most far-out. Editor Zachary Michael Jack fields a dream team of today's best sports journalists, hotshots, and rising stars in search of the game behind the game.More than three dozen decorated writers take the field. Heir apparents such as Tom Verducci, Jack McCallum, Melissa King, and Sam Walker join veterans Paul Gallico, George Plimpton, Davis Miller, Donald Katz, Tim Cahill, Grace Butcher, and James McManus in swinging for the journalistic fence. Together these thrill-seeking men and women capture the mojo of returning John McEnroe's serve, taking a punch from Ali, paddling Jack London's Alaskan river route, coaching the Suns' Steve Nash, umping Manny Ramirez. Forty eye-popping accounts offer the straight scoop as never before dished-not justinthe field butonit.

Author Biography

Former newspaper sportswriter and editor Zachary Michael Jack is an assistant professor of English at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, where he teaches workshops in literary and participatory journalism. The editor of many essay collections on the environment and outdoor life, Jack also has authored two volumes of poetry.
Contributors: Billy Anderson, Barbara Beckwith, Dan Bishop, Grace Butcher, Tim Cahill, Betsy Crowfoot, Michael Finkel, Steve Friedman, Paul Gallico, Helga Hengge, Leslie Heywood, John Hildebrand, Zachary Michael Jack, Mark Jenkins, Ron C. Judd, James Kaplan, Don Kardong, Donald Katz, Melissa King, Davis Miller [aka Davis Lee], Corey Levitan, Jeff MacGregor, David Mamet, Jack McCallum, Bill McKibben, James McManus, T. Edward Nickens, Nick Paumgarten, George Plimpton, Rodney Rothman Bob Shacochis, Rob Story, Robert Twigger, Tom Verducci, Sam Walker, Dan Washburn, Dana White, and Randy Wayne White.

Table of Contents

Full-Court Journalism
Paul Gallico, Fountainhead
The Feelp. 3
The Hans Brinker Complexp. 17
The Deer Hunterp. 31
Across the Disappearing Finish Linep. 39
The Backstoryp. 58
Bench Press, or Becoming a Girl Againp. 64
Flight of Fancyp. 72
A Ski Mountaineer and a History of Tragedyp. 80
Hockeyp. 102
My Trip to the Show (Part II)p. 115
Foaming at the Mouthp. 125
Get Somebody Loose!p. 143
Bad, Brutal Funp. 155
Dragon Boat Racing: Unleash the Dragon ... Boatsp. 174
It Isn't a Snapp. 179
Reaching Her Peakp. 184
Picklesp. 195
Fishing with the Shad Kingp. 204
Running Like Hellp. 217
Marine for a Dayp. 229
Ruffians in the Diamondp. 234
And in This Corner, the Ghost of Ernest Hemingwayp. 238
It's All in the Gamep. 245
The First Fear Fandangop. 259
The Master Grapplerp. 271
The Running of the Bulls: He Who Hesitates Is Lunchp. 280
Fortune's Smilep. 283
Q: Why Do You Want to Race? A: Because My Name Comes Apartp. 323
Turning It Upp. 328
Reading the Riverp. 339
Climb Every Molehillp. 352
Footballp. 365
Le Tour d'Amourp. 374
Here the Bear and the Mafia Roamp. 385
Words Fail Mep. 404
Tournament-Toughp. 408
Race a Memorable First for 17th Manp. 417
Cry Me a Riverp. 432
Shuffleboard and The Future of the Sportp. 443
First Personp. 459
Source Acknowledgmentsp. 463
The Contributorsp. 469
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