On Playing

One Shining Moment: Yago’s A-Town Throwdown Edition

I was half-kidding when I told my students to make a “One Shining Moment” parody video of our Cultures of Basketball intra-class 3 on 3 tournament. They took me seriously.

That’s a Bad Prof Right There

A couple of clips from last night’s Yago’s A-Town Throwdown, the 2015 Cultures of Basketball intra-class 3 on 3 tournament, without further commentary.

The Voice of My Dad

The Voice of my Dad

I wrote most of this a few years ago. It seems much more important now (because of events I describe in my postscripts below), but […]

What is Hoops Culture Class For? Unleashing Humanity

In my research and teaching on the culture of sports, I’ve oriented the intellectual tools of my discipline toward helping my readers and students understand […]

Why We Watch: Ray Allen, A Life

In every Ray Allen jump shot, I see all of a life unfolding.

‘Money!’ A Story of a Passage Toward Greater Perfection

                             “Humility is a sadness born of the fact that a man […]

Dominator Jesus, a Reflection on the Religion of Basketball

A friend put this image on my Facebook wall the other day.  I’m pretty sure she was being ironic.  Maybe she remembered that I’d written […]

Learning the Jump Shot: A Story of Falling Away From Eden

Tony, my oldest sibling, is nine years older than I. As a boy, I idolized him completely. It wasn’t one thing in particular about him […]