Introduction: Obsessed with sport -- Essays. A boy's favorite author ; This sporting life ; Confessions of a low-roller ; Balls-up ; Ep, the Bulls are six-point dogs ; The thrill of defeat ; Open another can of quarterback ; The old ball game ; Wrigley Field ; Red Smith -- Jocks. Joe DiMaggio: where'd he go? ; Michael Jordan: he flies through the air ; Hank Greenberg: designated mensch ; Bob Love: the unknown superstar -- Stories. The Goldin boys ; Danny Montoya ; Out of action -- Short takes. Hats off ; A sartorial double fault ; The running of the bulls ; Best seat in the house ; A super (yawn) Sunday ; A secret vice ; Sport magazine ; The agony of da feet -- Opinionations. The sports Leninist ; Aren't we grand? ; Bored with baseball? ; March sanity ; The joy of not being there ; Leave the kids alone ; Don't hide your eyes, unionize -- Summing up. Trivial pursuits ; Still hooked.