|two years later/ high-school/indoors basketball court|
Good God and Virgin Marry, together!; Mr President!; Michael Jordan!; Jordan!; J!;... I should have cleaned my shoes.... I left all 5 of the other team plus mine 4 in the back. They are now in the weak half. The wrong half of the basketball court, and I am alone. Alone with the ball! And they don't move. It would be pointless. I am unstoppable. This is my chance! Cristina and the empty basket! But the basket is higher, it seems... And smaller....And I think it moves... What happened?! A little drop of sweat on my forehead. All these pairs of eyes looking. Hoping. "Go! Go!", they scream. Dad! Mom! Oh, if my dad were here! Look at me: perfect breakaway - perfect catch, nobody out there, dribbling, running with long steps. Jumper or Long Bomb? The ball feels hot. I strongly hold it between my palms. Two giant jumps. Raising. Aiming. Releasing. Arrrhhh! Good God, Mary, and Jordan, why did you do this to me?! I am so happy my dad is NOT here today...
Well, that was it. The gymnasium basketball competition was a
Obviously, I had no idea that James Naismith invented basketball for his physical education class, to keep kids “out of trouble” between football and baseball seasons. That the game immediately spread like wildfire and attracted both men and women – in fact, the first tournament was a women’s tournament that was held only a few months after Naismith came up with the basics of the game. Unfortunately, there were soon many controversies started around women playing basketball, as it was not considered “lady-like”, especially with the way they dressed for the games (shorts and uniforms). There were 9 women for each team because they were consider to not be fit/not attracted to running. the field was broke down into 3 parts, and the women/players had determined positions from which they passed the ball, without having to move a lot. Actually, in the beginning, there was no dribbling involved. And I did not know about this book:
LaFeber's Michael Jordan and the New Global Capitalism is not about basketball, per se, but about building the American cultural empire through sports and advertising. Early in the book, LaFeber notes that it is only recently that advances in technology have created the ''power to spread information and culture'' to become ''more decentralized.'' (Indeed, in the past, culture was dictated by elites.) Corporations like Nike, by having Jordan wearing their shoes , use the ''seductiveness'' of United States culture ''to influence the language, eating habits, clothes and television watching of peoples around the earth.'' The issue that the author sees is the resentment it (can) generate/s. While the spread of basketball via Jordan has helped to produce a global era of ''Americanization,'' that very process has strengthened ''anti-Americanism'' globally (think McDonald and other US signature brands) As a result, this American onslaught must be tempered, or else it will ''produce conflict that will have explosive results for U.S. politics and security.''
The book is a trill for anybody who is interested in corporate spreading of culture, but wants the chatty framework of a beach read. It has a lot of basketball facts, from its invention (I never think that sports were somebody's invention), touching upon issues like sexism, segregation, corporate power, by looking at the intersection between US culture, Nike, Jordan, and ultimately globalization.