League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussions Crisis premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on PBS. The National Football League, a multibillion-dollar commercial juggernaut, presides over America’s indisputable national pastime. But the NFL is under assault: thousands of former players have claimed the league tried to cover up how football inflicted long-term brain injuries on many players. What… Read more »
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Read my comments in the AP’s look at the role of the biographer in light of Petraeus affair: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/petraeus-affair-and-role-biographers
Jane will be discussing new essay about Sandy Koufax in “Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame”—edited by Franklin Foer and Marc Tracy. It is a collection of biographical musings, sociological riffs about assimilation, and reflections on influential and unexpected pioneers in the world of sports. Essays by preeminent writers explore significant Jewish athletes, coaches,… Read more »
John Williams asks books and sports staff members of the Times to share their favorite baseball books, fiction and nonfiction. Tyler Kepner lists Sandy Koufax and The Last Boy as masterpieces of their genre.