MEDIA WATCH

Spirituality ... in the sports section?

There is good news for syndicated columnist Ellen Goodman right in her literary backyard. In one of her columns Ms. Goodman lamented women's lack of access to the peculiar and mainly male language of sports talk ("Why I'm feeling unPatriotic" Boston Globe, January 9, 1997). The hopeful sign was published on the same day just a few pages away in, of all places, the newspaper's sports section.

It was a story about the spiritual life of a football team. Now, it's probably fair to say that an Internet word search on the combined terms spirituality and football would turn up precious few, um, hits. Sports fans have grown accustomed to seeing male and female athletes openly crying over wins and losses, and men hugging one another; however the sight of athletes openly praying is a more recent phenomenon. Journalists, and television sports-casters in particular, often don't know what to say when an athlete credits God for his or her performance. Time to go back to the anchor desk!

September 22, 1997
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