As Cohan perceptively notes, fans tend to consider their sporting loyalties as matters of “nonfiction,” rooted in actual people and real action. In fact, our fandom consists of interpretative storytelling. We consume the tales generated by sports competition, and we refashion them to suit our personal needs.
Aram Goudsouzian is a Professor of History at the University of Memphis. He is the author of five books, including King of the Court: Bill Russell and the Basketball Revolution and The Men and the Moment: The Election of 1968 and the Rise of Partisan Politics in America.
Posts by Aram Goudsouzian
The story of Delyte Morris and the Southern Illinois University he created is what Robert A. Harper calls “a story of unlikely success and a tragic end.” It does read like an American tragedy, somehow, based in a rustic start, ambition, ingenuity, and the fallibility of good intentions.