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The SportsThink Weekly Read #3
October 22, 2021
The SportsThink Weekly Read highlights my favorite sport-related article of the week. On the last Friday of each month, I send out the Monthly Review, a longer digest of readings and other content of interest. Most articles are recently published, but some are not; the only rule is that I’ve read them within the past week (or the past month, in the case of the Monthly Review). Some are relevant to my day job as a professor teaching courses on the business, history, and philosophy of sports. Others are just plain interesting, relevant to my life-long obsession with the games we play. The newsletter is free, but comes with two requests. 1. I’m always open to suggestions, so send me the good stuff that you read! 2. If you enjoy the newsletter, please share it with other folks who might enjoy it as well. Finally, I try to focus on non-paywalled writing, but if you find yourself unable to access anything, just hit reply to the email and I’ll do my best to get you a copy. Thanks for reading!
The Weekly Read
The Internal Reckoning of Javier “Chicharito” Hernández, by Mirin Fader, via the Ringer. As regular readers know, I’m a big fan of Mirin Fader’s profiles. She elevates the format, approaching a feeling of intimacy with her subjects that most writers can’t quite crack. If I’m ever important enough to be profiled, she’d be my first choice to tell my story. This time around, her subject is “The Little Pea,” the mercurial soccer star, Javier Hernandez. At 33, Hernandez is a young man, but approaching the geriatric stage of his footballing years. He hasn’t always had an easy go—or always delivered on his promise—but he’s been objectively great throughout his career. Lots of good reflections on sport, family, and life. Definitely of interest to the soccer fans, but I think this is one everyone can enjoy.
Happy reading and have a great weekend, I’ll be back next week with the inaugural Monthly Review.
See you next week,