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So where then might South Bend, Indiana’s premier gladiators turn to for guidance and uplift in trying times? Why, where else but the best of modernist Irish literature, “fighting” in its own right the post-potato famine blues and literal centuries of further grievance? Herein, five passages from great Irish writers as applied to those who tanked a truly miserable game of football, in the hopes that these works might soothe the hearts of minds of ND staff and fans alike, in this most frigid, chapped, and weary of Januarys.
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"The strangest pitchers – as with all of life’s strangest people – rarely view themselves as odd, often trying to mask or suppress their eccentricity to no avail.
"And so as an avid reader who also loves sports, I am always looking for the Homeric hitters and gridiron Gatsbys. The gymnasts with Didion’s grit and Grace Paley’s ability to turn on a dime. The Barry Hannah Barbarians, if you will."
(via Poetry in Motion: Jim Bouton, Mrs. Doubtfire, and the Athletics of Self-Awareness | Vol. 1 Brooklyn)

"The strangest pitchers – as with all of life’s strangest people – rarely view themselves as odd, often trying to mask or suppress their eccentricity to no avail.

"And so as an avid reader who also loves sports, I am always looking for the Homeric hitters and gridiron Gatsbys. The gymnasts with Didion’s grit and Grace Paley’s ability to turn on a dime. The Barry Hannah Barbarians, if you will."

(via Poetry in Motion: Jim Bouton, Mrs. Doubtfire, and the Athletics of Self-Awareness | Vol. 1 Brooklyn)