The slippery work of extracting nuggets of meaning from a fight is Liebling's great subject, the problem that shapes not only the themes but also the form of his writing about boxing. He mixes registers and allusive gestures up and down the highbrow-lowbrow spectrum, assembling an interpretive repertoire suited to the challenge posed by the fights. To follow the nuances of his account of the turning point in the second round, for instance, the reader needs to know something about opera, Melville, Euclid, and Aristotle's Poetics. At other points Liebling compares Archie Moore not only to Faust and Ahab but also to the ballerina Margot Fonteyn, the pianist Arthur Rubinstein, the statesman Winston Churchill, the director and actor Orson Welles, Camus's Sisyphus, and a Japanese print entitled "Shogun Engaged in Strategic Contemplation in the Midst of War." Ripely colloquial language punctuates and ironically offsets this checklist of high-cultural literacy. The phrase "he thought he had … [Read more...] about What Boxing Writing Can Teach Us About Everything: A.J. Liebling On Moore-Marciano
As for us, we've received a bunch of supposed tips on the video since the rumor surfaced and especially since we offered to buy a tape, if it exists. They're all over the place. Some mention a Walmart parking lot; some mention his mother; some mention various media outlets that were about to run with the story. We received a purported screenshot, but it was proven fake by a reverse image search. There were rumors that the tape was floating around the Dark Web, like the photos from the celebrity nudes hack. (No one who made any of these claims could produce a video.) We checked with police departments in Fort Worth, Arlington, and DeSoto. None of them had any information on any incidents involving Bryant that hadn't already been reported. There were nothing but dead ends—and that was with us being very willing to pay market price in hard cash for video. … [Read more...] about Whatever Happened To That Dez Bryant Video?
It’s embarrassing for any journalist to sell his voice and credibility to a company in the service of selling some ugly product, or any product really, but the move is particularly unethical in this situation, given that the brand Wojnarowski is taking money from is also an official partner of the league he ostensibly covers as a journalist. The watch company, as the NBA’s partner, is invested in the NBA, its teams, and its players getting positive media attention. Wojnarowski, as the foremost NBA reporter for the largest sports media company in the country, is supposedly invested in reporting on the NBA, its teams, and its players, even when said reporting may not make his subjects look good. But now Wojnarowski is paid by the watch company, that wants good NBA press, to hawk tacky watches. That’s about as clear as a conflict of interest can be. … [Read more...] about ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski Is Now A Corporate Shill For An NBA Sponsor