It must seem sheer legend to the new generation of Resurgence readers, those heady days when the Didymus campaign to establish a sports section in the magazine was on the brink of success. The editor had already surrendered a two-page spread to a fine (I would say deathless) piece on the metaphysics of sport; and people were noticing the spring in his step following England’s trouncing by the young Indian demi-god Sachin Tendulkar.

So what caused this campaign to falter? I’ll tell you. I grew sick of the business. The value of winning was suddenly no longer defined by the nobility of the loser; ...


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