Posted: 6/9/2009 10:14 PM
Posted: 7/14/2009 5:00 PM
Nice quality post! I have time to read them now... I remember as a kid, my Dad acquired an old sports encyclopedia. He never got a chance to reference it as he worked split shifts every other week (e.g., 3 to 11, 11 to 7, 7 to 3). This was the old "blue coat" pattern... and my mom would always shush us kids when he was sleeping. But that old encyclopedia smelled like mildew and read like "Old Spice." Your quote from the "Illustrated History of the New York Giants" by Richard Whittingham leaves the reader with the same atmosphere and patina. I think I might have read a copy of it or a more recent printing at my local library. Back then, the writers knew how to parse subtle, eloquent, and apt descriptions of arcane athletic coaching genious . The sports radio broadcasters of yore could also bring metaphorical and mythological dimensions to the average Joe. It would be those choice phrases, quoted from either the locker room chalk board or Homer that gave the listener or reader the full balance and impact of the game. I still listen to Papa and Banks first, then watch in B&W every once in a while. In this age of the Kindle and YouTube, the quality of the writing so much more important. Especially when it is quoted and interpreted from the past. Thanks. Go Big Blue!
Last edited 7/14/2009 5:05 PM by Blue5611
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