Saturday, January 20, 2007

The rancor of the near-miss

Adam Gopnik on football, Jan 8 New Yorker:
Partly what drains the joy from the inner game of pro football these days is the same as what drains the joy from much of American life: there's a lot of money to be made by a few people, and a lot less for everybody else... The unhappiness that you feel among the players in [several recent books] is hardly the misery of the oppressed, but it is something more familiar these days, the rancor of the near-miss. Why them and not us? is a radical question. Why the guy at the next locker and not me? a bitter one.