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One Year Ago on The Run of Play

I Had Some Problems with Among the Thugs
Post-Truman Capote, post-Norman Mailer New Yorker-style participatory journalism in which the random clatter of real life somehow helpfully falls into place within the outlines of an interpretive theory.

Fabio Capello and the Identity of England
Fabio Capello takes the England job, and I wonder in a post for Pitch Invasion whether he’ll be able to give the team a personality.

Avram Grant Does the Michigan Rag
Avram Grant signs a four-year contract with Chelsea (year two is going well), and I finally realize who he reminds me of.

Portrait of John Terry
That weatherbeaten old-pine endurance and Waterloo-winning Major Dobbin lip.

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One Year Ago on The Run of Play

by Brian Phillips · December 19, 2008

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