First, the answer is yes: James Crumley’s new novel, The Final Country (Mysterious Press, $24.95), is the one you’ve been waiting for. Ever since he knocked our socks off with The Wrong Case (1975), then rolled out two classics in a row The Last Good Kiss (1978) and Dancing Bear (1983) Crumley has been practically without peer. Interim novels Mexican Tree Duck (1993) and Bordersnakes (1996) showed he was still one of the best at his game, but they weren’t the 6,000 pound gorillas of their predecessors.
Glenn would find Armani Whitfield when he was flushed from the pocket for a 61 yard touchdown pass when his team needed it the most, then he would strike quick after a turnover finding Jordan Crookfor another touchdown. Even with Rice heroics the Ravens were down 26 14 in the 4th quarter with six and a half minutes left home crowd was taken out of the game because it seemed the Ducks were comfortably ahead and on their way to victory. But not so fast Glenn Rice III showed the heart of a Lion orchestrating a drive over 70 yards where he showed off his escape ability with some pretty nifty moves keeping the drive alive, while later finding Jordan Crookfor the touchdown on a beautiful pass fit perfectly in a window between two linebackers.
Making the rounds on YouTube today is the latest video responding to the greatest existential question of 2010: What should LeBron James do? One of our favorite responses is on behalf of the fine citizens of Ohio who have plenty to say to the tune of 3,761,455 views on YouTube and counting. Even “South Park” got into the act, and the comparison is simply scathing. (Here’s a recap of the fuss and subsequent discussion.).
“I’ve grown up in front of this crowd from the age of 17,” Bryant said. “A lot of faces that I saw in the crowd in my very first game are still here. That’s very special. Get Sport updates directly to your inboxSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribing!Should the question not be, though, why a soggy crust full of an indeterminate substance masquerading as meat, heated to thermo nuclear temperatures, is still the only form of sustenance offered in most football grounds?Likewise the cost of an adult strip.Notwithstanding the fact that no self respecting adult should be allowed out of the house wearing a replica football kit, price is a long way from the only problem.It’s whether you can walk into your club shop when you need one for your kid’s Christmas without being told that they have nothing but XXXLs and the problem is the lead times with Puma or Nike or adidas, and that they can only order them once, back in February.The cost of season tickets? A reasonable yardstick but not the only one.The good news is most clubs now acknowledge the fact they have to be flexible with their strategies.Like Morton’s staggered pricing for young adults over the age of 16, acknowledging that most kids in their late teens are either students or working for minimum wage. Charging normally but for clubs who’ll bring fans in their hundreds or thousands.The amount of straight up gouging that’s allowed because there’s no centralised pricing policy to control clubs’ greed leads to all kinds of abuses over the course of a season.And they wonder why fans feel disenfranchised.One of the more worrying stats in the whole survey was the question they asked of 18 24 year olds across the whole UK on how they engaged with football.More than 60 per cent said through console games. Seriously.