Suspense and Sports Television

04/16/2009

Pacific Standard

The prolific sports scholar Allen Guttmann suggests that the careful recording of stats is one of several defining characteristics of modern sports. The widespread interest in player stats suggests that certain types of sports fans are interested in comparing the on-field achievements of athletes just as much as they are in…

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Federer Too Old at 27?

03/25/2009

Pacific Standard

In a remarkable essay on tennis player Roger Federer, the late writer David Forster Wallace suggests that watching Federer is akin to a religious experience. For a writer known for his maximalist style, this claim is not such hyperbole.

Federer is one of those athletes, like Tiger Woods, whose skill and…

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