Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Old Man and the Tennis Court

Posted By on Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 1:12 PM

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We buried the old man last week. My father-in-law was 77 years old. He was a lifelong hunter, cattleman, and athlete in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, 30 miles south of Jackson on Interstate 55. You might have seen his "rainbow barn" when you were driving to New Orleans.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

On Sports Outliers, Blogs, and Trolls

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 5:04 PM

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Good health is more important than good skills.

Keeping a journal is good discipline but keeping a blog going is as hard as keeping a rally going in the third set, running through the wall at Mile 20, holding that pose, or doing that final set of push-ups or curls.

And trolls are like hecklers — tolerable to a point.

That's some of what I learned in the 11 months and 3 weeks since I started a book that became a journal that became a blog that did a U-turn back to journal and book culminating, I hope, in a national age-group championship or at least a respectable finish in the admittedly obscure sport of squash.

As I said at the beginning, it's a small sport but it's a big nation.

I wanted to learn more about how and why athletes fail, and get better, or don't get better. And I did.

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