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Against Football / Bouts of Mania

September 2, 201459 min
Part A: Football may be America’s favorite sport currently. If it’s not, it may certainly be the most lucrative and possibly violent of sports for owners and players. The sport that fans used to enjoy for running, leaping, and catching, also encapsulated sportsmanship and teamwork. Now it’s a multi-billion dollar industry that at the very least fosters a tolerance for violence, greed, and controversy. In his book, Against Football, fan and journalist Steve Almond takes a hard look at the sport he still loves, asking himself if he should still even watch. Part B: It was the early seventies amidst national domestic and international turmoil, some of the most famous fights in boxing’s history were fo [...]

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