Friday, September 23, 2016
Thursday, September 22, 2016
ESPN The Magazine - "The Mastermind"
By Wright Thompson
"All teams are more fragile than people want to admit to themselves.
"If we have a horseshit month, if we lose this lead, they will be paying attention to what time I come into the office," he says. "They will be thinking we got complacent. It's a human phenomenon that there has to be a reason for everything. There almost never is. Inexplicable shit, like flipping a coin or the outcome of a baseball game, we need to tell ourselves a story: This team has great chemistry. This team is tough. You know what? That shit all matters, but it's never the full answer that people want it to be. It's why we have stories about the stars in the sky, and the planets and the seas and gods and mythology. We evolve to a point where we can tell and understand the stories. Some are real and some are not, but we attach meaning to all of them.""
Friday, September 16, 2016
StarTribune - "Stadiums, cathedrals: Marks of their eras"
By Peter Geisendorfer-Lindgren
"Buildings matter. For a thousand years, cities in the Western world built cathedrals to bring glory to God and civic pride to their communities. At the dawn of the third millennium, we build stadiums.
One hundred years ago, there was a building boom of cathedral churches in the Twin Cities: St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (1910), the Basilica of St. Mary (1914), the St. Paul Cathedral (1915) and Hennepin Avenue United Methodist (1916). Almost exactly a century later, the Twin Cities have seen the addition of TCF Bank Stadium (2009), Target Field (2010), CHS Field (2015) and U.S. Bank Stadium (2016)."
"Sports and religion have switched places in American culture. And so we build stadiums and not churches. Is there anything wrong with that? Not by itself. I am glad that we are not a cold Omaha, and I will be there on Sept. 18 for the first regular-season home game. Football is fun.
But Christianity and the cathedrals it inspired have meant something to American life that we forget at our peril. The NFL has very little to teach us about forgiveness, empathy, compassion and humility, much less the Apostle Paul’s triple option of faith, hope and love. Even a billion-dollar Viking ship won’t make us forget the Al and Alma’s party boat scandal. Where do we learn our values if not in our churches and synagogues and mosques?
U.S. Bank Stadium is the new cathedral in town. Zygi Wilf is sitting in the Bishop’s Seat. The ship has sailed. Is that OK?"