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Robert Lipsyte

Entries by Robert Lipsyte

Four Reasons to Watch the Super Bowl

(6) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 10:03 AM

Joe Hill, Joe Pa, Tebow, Wee Brains

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Most Americans won’t need a justification to watch Sunday’s game, but if you’re a reader you might think, even in passing, that celebrating the holiest day of violence, consumerism, and class warfare on...

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Millionaires vs. Billionaires or Them vs. Us? Why the NFL Would Do Us a Favor by Calling Off the Coming Season

(67) Comments | Posted May 10, 2011 | 4:51 PM

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There’s nothing like a little dust-up between millionaires and billionaires to start us thousandaires yawning. And when the upcoming pro-football season is in danger of being canceled because of it, we’re likely to say: a plague on both your mansions

Too bad, because the current...

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You Must Watch the Empire Bowl: It's Our Last Super Thing

(32) Comments | Posted January 31, 2011 | 12:29 PM

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If you are still passionately following football or, worse, allowing your kid to play, you may just be an old-fashioned imperialist running dog. Not that all football fans are bloodthirsty hounds feeding off the crippled hindquarters of the dying animal of empire. Some are in...

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Leave 'Em in the Locker Room: Pro Athletes Make Lousy Public Officials

(57) Comments | Posted October 19, 2010 | 11:39 AM

Old sportswriters are always being asked for tips on big games. Here’s one for the biggest game on the schedule: Never vote for a jock.

This is particularly good advice in a political season whose starting line-up includes Chris Dudley, a former NBA back-up center running for governor of Oregon;...

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We Won, Dad, But I'm Lost: Lessons from Tiger, Lance, and Andre

(3) Comments | Posted June 21, 2010 | 12:22 PM

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Here’s a story that gets me thinking every Father's Day.

Twenty years ago, on a public course in Los Angeles, I was approached by an old black golfer who had spotted my notebook. He told me to drop whatever I was covering -- a pretty...

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Is Baseball a Fading Allegory for the Fading American Way of Life?

(10) Comments | Posted April 5, 2010 | 2:45 PM

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Here in the first post-American century, sports fans, it’s a brand-new ballgame -- and I’m not sure how to watch it. In this opening season of the Post-Steroid Era, I feel like a betrayed spouse determined to make the relationship work, struggling to balance experience against...

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Chips, Beer, Voyeuristic Horndogs, Hot Babes, Flatulent Slackers, and God's Quarterback Star in the Big Game

(5) Comments | Posted February 4, 2010 | 10:03 AM

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In 1987, an evangelical Christian missionary in the Philippines, Pam Tebow, sick and near term, ignored doctors’ advice to abort her fifth child. How could they know he would grow up to win a Heisman Trophy and lead the University of Florida to two national...

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The Literature of Betrayal Arrives at the Ballpark

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2009 | 4:18 PM

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Steroids Are the WMDs Sportswriters Didn't Want to See

I don't remember such a publishing flood of bad news sports books, at least not during a flood of really bad news in the supposedly real world of politics, wars, and finance. Why...

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