If you read this blog with any regularity, you may have figured out that I'm not a huge sports fan. Very recently, however, several sports related events have occurred that overlap with some of the topics that interest me, topics like equity and development. First, let me congratulate the Lynx on their third championship in the past five years. Here's some background on how that compares:
- Minnesota Twins Season Histories
- Minnesota Vikings Season Histories
- Minnesota Wild Season Histories
- Minnesota Timberwolves Season Histories
- Minnesota Lynx Season Histories
- Twins: two (1991, 1987)
- Vikings: zero for four
- Wild: zero for one
- Timberwolves: zero for one
- Lynx: three out of five
New Stadium / Arena
Minneapolis, home to the Twins, Vikings, Timberwolves and Lynx
Photo by J. Harrington
Title IX needs to be expanded to cover public financing / subsidies for stadia and arenas. [UPDATE: we should be able to do better than this for our only real winners!]
Tao in the Yankee Stadium Bleachers
Distance brings proportion. From herethe populated tiersas much as players seem part of the show:a constructed stage beast, three folds of Dante’s rose,or a Chinese military hatcunningly chased with bodies.“Falling from his chariot, a drunk man is unhurtbecause his soul is intact. Not knowing his fall,he is unastonished, he is invulnerable.”So, too, the “pure man”—“pure”in the sense of undisturbed water.
“It is not necessary to seek outa wasteland, swamp, or thicket.”The opposing pitcher’s pertinent hesitations,the sky, this meadow, Mantle’s thick baked neck,the old men who in the changing rosters seea personal mutability,green slats, wet stone are all to meas when an emperor commandsa performance with a gesture of his eyes.
“No king on his throne has the joy of the dead,”the skull told Chuang-tzu.The thought of death is peppermint to youwhen games begin with patriotic songand a democratic sun beats broadly down.The Inner Journey seems unjudgeably longwhen small boys purchase cups of iceand, distant as a paradise,experts, passionate and deft,hold motionless while Berra flies to left.
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