Proud to be an Emory Eagle

We may not have a football team, but we’ve got a mighty fine business school, med school, law school, and the coolest unofficial mascot and university spirit: Lord James W. Dooley (he shook my hand once during a Rathskellar show a few years ago).

There may not be any touchdowns, field goals, interceptions, roughing the passer penalties, chop-blocks, horse-collar calls, or two-minute warnings on school grounds, but my alma mater is as invested in competitive sports and the legacy of athletic achievement as any other great institution for higher learning.   Baseball anyone (felicitations, Mr. Andrew Cohn, you awesome infielder, you)?

The Spring 2010 issue of Emory Magazine came in the mail today and what should be on the cover but the backside of a male swimmer–hands on hips too.  Check out the stance:

It’s not just the cover; the entire issue includes feature articles on what Emory alum are doing in the healing, sharing, and bolstering of recreational and professional sports.

Click here for an excerpt.

Click here for a glimpse of the facing page.  An excerpt from the article:

Rosenzweig also is one of the senior executives heading up NBA Entertainment, a sprawling division with six hundred employees that has grown into one of the world’s largest TV and internet sports production companies.  The unit generates a wide range of products and services for both the NBA and the WNBA, producing weekly shows including NBA Inside Stuff, NBA Access with Ahmad Rashad, and NBA Jam.  It develops content for the league’s TV channel, NBA TV;; and other sports outlets that are sent to 215 countries around the world.  With more than three million still photos and decades’ worth of game videos in its archives, it’s an official repository of league history.  The division has shrewdly exploited this asset, licensing copyrighted materials to publishers, filmmakers, TV production companies, and other media companies.

An excerpt:

Find out more about Emory swimming here.

To visit this museum, I might just be motivated enough to hop on a plane.

Ben Shpigel writes about the Yankees for the New York Times.

Another reason to love Emory’s place in sports history: Bobby Jones.

Click here for more information on the collection.


The episode of Frontline that aired Tuesday night makes want to help, somehow.  Donating money to the right organizations, sure, I could do that, but I’d rather offer some of my time and what I deem to be one of my talents: lending a non-judgmental ear.   Non-PTSD friends and strangers alike tell me I get them to think about things they never have before…couldn’t there be some kind of benefit in having someone who, precisely because they cannot comprehend what it feels like to have seen, heard, smelled, and felt what 21st century war vets have, won’t be confined by preconceived notions?  The Wounded Platoon.

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