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March 2013 in Black Lamb

Volume 11, Number 3 — March 2013

March 1st, 2013

The All-Sports Issue

In our March All-Sports Issue, Rod Ferrandino remembers his early baseball days in Among the elite. In Academic farm teams, Terry Ross attacks the use of colleges and universities as youth leagues for professional sports. Jim Patton, a lifelong sports fan, says he now has the subject In perspective. In Indian gift, Toby Tompkins salutes the sport of lacrosse. Dan Peterson, for years a professional basketball coach and now a TV pundit, examines doping and game-fixing in Dirty tricks. In Sink or swim, Elizabeth Fournier describes the value of surrendering yourself to jiu jitsu. Ed Goldberg's interest in sports has cooled now that he recognizes it’s Only a game. In The playing fields of Eton, John M. Daniel makes an argument for the non-competitive life.

Two more personages from the world of literature are ushered into our pantheon of Honorary Black Lambs and The Ultimate Literary Calendar: Colombian novelist Gabria García Márquez and English novelist and travel writer Sybille Bedford. Bridge columnist Trixie Barkis gives an example of when it is correct to Ace your partner’s trump. Our delicious monthly lamb recipe is for Lamb Shepher’s Pie. Advice columnist Millicent Marshall answers readers’ questions about sports. And Professor Avram Khan gives us yet another challenging Black Lamb Word Puzzle.

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In perspective

March 1st, 2013

BY JIM PATTON

Sports? Where do I even start? Me and sports have been an item since I was six years old, maybe earlier; I know for sure that my birthday presents when I turned seven were a blue batting helmet and a new mitt, so that’s well over fifty years. Like most relationships, we’ve had ups and downs, fits and starts, more and less passion. The nature of the thing changes, but we’re still on, and I figure there’s a good chance that as I lie on my deathbed, half-deranged, I’ll be muttering stuff like “Mickey Mantle came from a speck on the map called Commerce, Okla., and he always deadpanned that it was just before Resume Speed. His dad was called Mutt.” I’ll babble useless facts that have been etched in my brain forever: Babe Ruth 714 (home runs), Ty Cobb .367 (lifetime batting average), Bill Russell 11 (NBA championships). Heck, I usually can’t remember what I had for dinner last night, but I can give you stats on guys most people have never heard of. And the visual images in my head: I see not just the incandescent Russell, Koufax, Sayers, Jim Brown, Ali, Bird, Magic, Mays, but also most of the guys they played with.

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