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 #23

pele kicking
Pele confounding the opposition.


Wellwynder said...

What a treat to see him included here. His contribution to Brazil's victory in the 1970 World Cup was unforgettable - graceful and magnificent. Great goalscorer, unselfish goalmaker and a sportsman of genuine integrity. Those are the times when this really did deserve to be called The Beautiful Game.

Kreisler said...

Pele was great in 1970 but he's turned in to a bit of a snide commentator re Maradona. Can I suggest Garrincha as a more worthy Brazilian entry for This Sporting Life.

Fred said...

I was too young to watch the '70 World Cup, and had to settle on watching a long-in-tooth Pele make some bucks trying to get Americans interested in futbol with the Cosmos.