In an attempt to post more regularly here, I have decided to post a synopsis and link to the best article(s), book or piece of journalism I read each week this year.
So, kicking off the week before Spring 2019 semester begins, I give you a phenomenal sports profile from Sports Illustrated's Mike Rosenberg about former quarterback phenom Todd Marinovich.
People my age remember Marinovich as a cautionary tale. We remember that he never ate fast food as a child. His father groomed him to be a quarterback from before he was even born. Marinovich thrived as a prodigy, ascending to the starting position at USC, a first-round draft pick (ahead of Brett Favre!) in 1991... then, he collapsed into a life of drug addiction and the crime that so often comes with it.
It seems as if every few years a Marinovich profile comes along. (Google him... you'll see!) But, Rosenberg's feature sizzles unlike any of the others. It burns with truth, disappointment, fury and sadness. Quite simply, it is beautiful.
2019 FIFA Women's World Cup: Media, Fandom, and Soccer's Biggest Stage is available online from Palgrave Macmillan. (Hardback available in September 2021.)
Molly Yanity, Ph.D.