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Something I have found strange and fascinating are the half-hour
documentaries that used to proliferate on television (now banished to ESPN?)
portraying the struggle and triumph of one football team or coach.  They
consist of grainy color film of historic games with the footage almost always
run in slo-mo, giving the behemoth players a strange sort of balletic
movement even as they crash and heave into each other.  The footage is
usually accompanied by a pulsing rock score or some pretentious variant on
Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" and the narration is always intensely
serious or breathlessly dramatic, as though the fate of the world rested on
the outcome of these matches.
 
Leslie Z.
 
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