Alrighty kids, I'm heading off this week to attend the annual convention of the North American Society for Sport History. Now I'm not crashing this shindig because I get my kicks from listening to academics drone on about esoteric subjects at length, I'm delivering one of the papers.
"Walk-On: The Forgotten Pioneers of the Integration of the Alabama Crimson Tide Football Program" is a look at the five black athletes who tried to make the team in the 1967 Spring practice. I've been told I shouldn't wear my 2011 BCS National Championship shirt when I give the talk as it's seen as bad form. Party poopers.
Now since I am at this thing, I might as well check out the other offerings and digging through the program there are a number of talks I plan to peek in on and possibly post about down the road.
- "Goofy – Animation’s Greatest Sportsman?"
- "The Reporter-Athlete Relationship: From the ‘Golden Age of Sports’ to the Age of Twitter"
- "The Truth About Historical Sport Films"
- "The Right Man for the Job: Race, Manhood, and Oklahoma Football in the Mid-1960s"
- "La Importancia Del Foot-Ball’: Rollins College, Cuba, and College Football"
- "The Golden Years’ or Wide Right: Success or Failure for the Buffalo Bills in History and Memory"
- "A Continuum of Violence: The Myth of Sex Trafficking During the Olympic Games"
And then there are these two. For the first one, I plan to be in the front row giggling like a schoolgirl and I will DEFINITELY be wearing my BCS National Champions shirt to the second.
- "General Robert Neyland, a Football Slush Fund, and a Tennessee Cover-Up"
- "The Impact of Huey P. Long on the Evolution of Tiger Stadium and Louisiana State University Football"