Joe Louis vs. Billy Conn: Boxing’s Unforgettable Summer of 1941 by Ed Gruver

Reviewed by Josh Sopiarz, Governors State University Gruver, Ed. Joe Louis vs. Billy Conn: Boxing’s Unforgettable Summer of 1941. Lyons Press, 2022. Hardcover, $27.95. During the oft-quoted taxicab scene from Elia Kazan’s On the Waterfront (1954), Rod Steiger’s character, Charley, asks his brother Terry, played by Marlon Brando, how much he weighs. Charley then says, “when you weighed … Continue reading Joe Louis vs. Billy Conn: Boxing’s Unforgettable Summer of 1941 by Ed Gruver

Game Misconduct: Hockey’s Toxic Culture and how to Fix it by Evan Moore and Jashvina Shah

Reviewed by Lisa Timpf Game Misconduct: Hockey’s Toxic Culture and How to Fix It by Evan Moore and Jashvina Shah takes a broad-ranging look at the sport of hockey as it intersects with a number of parameters, including racism, sexism, and homophobia. Though the authors are critical of many aspects of hockey’s culture, the book is … Continue reading Game Misconduct: Hockey’s Toxic Culture and how to Fix it by Evan Moore and Jashvina Shah

Black Celebrity: Contemporary Representations of Postbellum Athletes and Artists by Emily Ruth Rutter

Reviewed by Philip Wedge, University of Kansas Emily Ruth Rutter has written a fascinating monograph as part of the “Performing Celebrity” Series from University of Delaware Press, which is publishing works in “the emerging field of celebrity studies” (Rutter ii). Black Celebrity examines six contemporary creative works of poetry and fiction, three of which focus on post-bellum … Continue reading Black Celebrity: Contemporary Representations of Postbellum Athletes and Artists by Emily Ruth Rutter

Jump Shooting to a Higher Degree: My Basketball Odyssey by Sheldon Anderson

Reviewed by Tom Fabian, Postdoctoral Fellow | Sport Studies University of Ottawa | School of Human Kinetics Sheldon Anderson writes like he plays basketball:  Disciplined, a little rough at times (or “on the nose,” as they say), but, generally, the “right way.”  Without having to explicitly state it, Anderson is a fundamentalist.  This is quite evident in his … Continue reading Jump Shooting to a Higher Degree: My Basketball Odyssey by Sheldon Anderson

SPORT AND SOCIETY FOR ARETE: February 14, 2022

Each new Super Bowl becomes an occasion to confirm the insight of the great American economist from the turn to the 20th century, Thorstein Veblen. It was Veblen who created a vocabulary that enables us to talk with clarity about the Super Bowl in measured and stunningly rich terms: Conspicuous Consumption, Conspicuous Leisure, and my personal … Continue reading SPORT AND SOCIETY FOR ARETE: February 14, 2022