On Playing

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Troubleshooting the Sports Machine (Global Sports Cultures, 1st Lecture)

Yesterday, I invited my global sports cultures students to view sports as a machine, to consider that it could be running better, and to approach the class as a workshop for learning how to troubleshoot and fix it. They responded well. You can hear the lecture yourself here.


Bad Prof’s Top Basketball Books – Honorable Mention

Perhaps by now you’ve seen my First Team, Second Team, and Third Team All-Bad Prof Basketball Book List selections. They were the fifteen books, grouped […]

26th September 1938:  Steeplejacks removing the spiked crown from the head of the Statue of Liberty, New York, for renovation work before the World's Fair.  (Photo by Horace Abrahams/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

America’s Game

How basketball may be, for better and for worse, America’s game.


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.

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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

Here’s what I see when I walk into Cultures of Basketball on the first day. I’m not proud of this, nor am I proud of […]


Why We Watch: Ray Allen, A Life

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