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The Changing Room

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

New York Times Magazine (February 3, 2008)

The first time I walked into an N.F.L. locker room — the locker room of the New York Giants, as it happens — I was shocked by how little effort went into making me feel as if I didn’t belong. I’d grown used to baseball locker rooms, where the players’ edginess made outsiders feel instantly unwelcome and rendered useful human interaction all but impossible. In their private sanctums, baseball players behave as if someone might walk in at any moment and ask them to leave; they’re a bit like starving dogs who have just stumbled upon a slab of raw meat. Not all of them, of course — the effect is atmospheric, produced by the sum of the personalities. Give 25 professional baseball players a place to call their own and they give it a forbidding name: clubhouse. If you aren’t a member, you don’t belong.

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The Eli Experiment

Sunday, December 19th, 2004

New York Times Magazine (December 19, 2004)

When Eli was a star quarterback at the University of Mississippi, Montgomery recalls, Archie would drive up from his home in New Orleans to see his son play at the school where he once filled the same role himself. Ole Miss fans still speak of these visits as a Roman Catholic might speak of a trip by the pope. There are streets in Oxford, Miss., named for Archie Manning, halls devoted to his memory, ballads written and actually sung to commemorate Archie Manning. The speed limit on the Ole Miss campus is Archie’s old number, 18. Archie played games in the late 1960’s that they still talk about.

Yet so far as anyone could tell, Eli hadn’t read his Scripture — hadn’t even bothered to skim the Cliff Notes. Archie can recall Eli wanting to discuss his legendary performances only once: ”When he called me after he got to Ole Miss and said he came across my stats in the media guide, and that they weren’t very good.”

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