Inside the Ropes: Sportswriters Get Their Game on

Inside the Ropes: Sportswriters Get Their Game on

By: Zachary Michael Jack (editor), Zachary Michael Jack (contributor)Paperback

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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 sportswriting 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. Heirs apparent 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 Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash, umping Manny Ramirez. Forty eye-popping accounts offer the straight scoop as never before-not just in the field but on it.

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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.


Preface; AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Full-Court JournalismPaul Gallico, Fountainhead; [1] The Feel / Paul GallicoWinter[2] The Hans Brinker Complex / Donald Katz; [3] The Deer Hunter / David Mamet; [4] Across the Disappearing Finish Line / Bill McKibben; [5] The Backstory / Jack McCallum; [6] Bench Press, or Becoming a Girl Again / Leslie Heywood; [7] Flight of Fancy / Dana White; [8] A Ski Mountaineer and a History of Tragedy / Nick Paumgarten; [9] Hockey / George PlimptonSpring[10] My Trip to the Show (Part II) / Tom Verducci; [11] Foaming at the Mouth / Robert Twigger; [12] Get Somebody Loose! / Sam Walker; [13] Bad, Brutal Fun / Jeff MacGregor; [14] Dragon Boat Racing: Unleash the Dragon ... Boats / Dan Washburn; [15] It Isn't a Snap / Greg Bishop; [16] Reaching Her Peak / Helga Hengge; [17] Pickles / Mark Jenkins; [18] Fishing with the Shad King / T. Edward NickensSummer[19] Running Like Hell / Michael Finkel; [20] Marine for a Day / Don Kardong; [21] Ruffians in the Diamond / Corey Levitan; [22] And in This Corner, the Ghost of Ernest Hemingway / Randy Wayne White; [23] It's All in the Game / Melissa King; [24] The First Fear Fandango / Tim Cahill; [25] The Master Grappler / Donald Katz; [26] The Running of the Bulls: He Who Hesitates Is Lunch / Billy Anderson; [27] Fortune's Smile / James McManus; [28] Q: Why Do You Want to Race? A: Because My Name Comes Apart / Grace Butcher; [29] Turning It Up / Betsy Crowfoot; [30] Reading the River / John Hildebrand; [31] Climb Every Molehill / Rob StoryFall[32] Football / George Plimpton; [33] Le Tour D'Amour / Steve Friedman; [34] Here the Bear and the Mafia Room / Bob Shacochis; [35] Words Fail Me / James Kaplan; [36] Tournament-tough / Barbara Beckwith; [37] Race a Memorable First for 17th Man / Ron C. Judd; [38] Cry Me a River / Zachary Michael Jack; [39] Shuffleboard and The Future of the Sport / Rodney Rothman; [40] First Person / Davis LeeSource Acknowledgments; The Contributors

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  • publication date: 01/11/2008
  • ISBN13: 9780803259973
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 508
  • ID: 9780803259973
  • weight: 676
  • ISBN10: 0803259972

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