The Claremont Review of Books–one of my favorite publications–has a long essay on football by Michael Nelson in its just-published Winter 2013/14 issue. Nelson covers nearly a dozen books, including–wait for it, wait for it–The Big Scrum! He calls it “sparkling,” and you’ll just have to take my word for it: There’s no link to the piece available yet. I read it the old-fashioned way, on the printed page.
When you’re not enjoying the Winter Olympics in Sochi, listen to my NRO podcast with Mark Lawrence Schrad on how vodka is the curse of Russian life. He is the author of Vodka Politics: Alcohol, Autocracy, and the Secret History of the Russian State.