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.
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2019 FIFA Women's World Cup: Media, Fandom, and Soccer's Biggest Stage is available online and in hardback from Palgrave Macmillan.
Molly Yanity, Ph.D.