Bacary Sagna

I’ve been re-reading one of my favorite books, probably the reason that I’ve become obsessed with the English football team Arsenal: Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby. Instead of being organized by chapters like a normal book, it’s organized almost like a blog – each entry a beautiful piece of writing revolving around a particular game. One particular passage in the book, about why Hornby loves the game so much, really caught my eye:

“…there’s the athleticism… and the way that strength and intelligence have to combine. It allows players to look beautiful and balletic in a way that some sports do not: a perfectly-timed diving header, or a perfectly-struck volley, allow the body to achieve a poise and grace that some sportsmen can never exhibit.”

(I would add to that list the last-second clearing of the ball off the line, an amazing feat that Bacary Sagna performed in yesterday’s game – a clip of which can be viewed here.)

Fever Pitch is, however, very un-bloglike in that it’s incredibly accessible, even for someone not so interested in soccer (like most Americans). In stark contrast, I don’t think any casual reader could make heads or tails of Arseblog or Gunnerblog. I think this speaks volumes about the value of both old (book) and new (blog) media and how both can coexist.


Posted on December 28, 2008, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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