The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

This Sporting Life #1

Original Caption:

New York -- The most famous injured knee in football today is put on display by its sidelined owner, Joe Namath, NY Jets' quarterback. Joe tore the ligaments in his left knee on Aug 7th, while trying to stop Detroit Lions' Mike Lucci from scoring a touchdown after recovering a fumble. (1971)


Fred said...

And thus ended one of the greatest sporting careers in the history of New York sports. Joe Willy was never the same after that injury.

swac said...

And it happened on my birthday. And I thought Joe forgot!