Sportswriters are premature annunciators. We want to be the first to have the last word, the final say. Some reasons for that are good. The best is the immediacy and the depth of our response to sports. We hunger for words to express that response and we often turn to sportswriters to give them to […]
Night Brooded Over Jordan-Hare: An Auburn philosophy professor goes deep on The Miracle
Night brooded over Jordan-Hare. Darkness had fallen. The giant lights of the stadium shined in the darkness, but the darkness ignored them. It was fourth down and a football field to go. Auburn had squandered three quarters of football, maybe its best football of the year, given the opponent and the stakes. But the fourth […]
Just Trees (After the felling of the Toomer’s Oaks)
Just Trees (After the felling of the Toomer’s Oaks) Aren’t they just trees? Yes, they are—they were. And weren’t they dying anyway? Yes, they were—and I am—and you are too. Dying. But someone killed them. (Yes, you can kill something that is already dying. If you doubt that, shoot someone with a terminal illness, then […]
Where There’s Smoke, There’s Smoke
A philosophy professor dissects the “Where There’s Smoke” logic of the Cam’s accusers.
The Harvey Inside
No trees are safe; no chimes secure; no statues inviolable. We have all lost our minds.