MICHAEL BUMA

Michael Buma was faculty member in English and kinesiology at Redeemer University College and Western University. He is author of Refereeing Identity: The Cultural Work of Canadian Hockey Novels

Posts by Michael Buma

The Snake Defanged: Athletes, Ads, and the Disappointments of Adulthood
The Snake Defanged: Athletes, Ads, and the Disappointments of Adulthood
The end of a great sporting career is difficult not only for the athletes but also for the fans. We admire competitors of skill and intensity, but are they still our heroes when they start peddling goods in cheesy TV ads?
The Symbol of Dutch Football – for Better or Worse
The Symbol of Dutch Football – for Better or Worse
As the Netherlands won third place in the 2014 World Cup, winger Dirk Kuyt earned praise for his hard work, selflessness, and humble manner. But what does celebrating a player's throwback virtues say about fans' views of the present?
SPORTOLOGICALLY SPEAKING
"Games, like art, achieve their impact in the way they reflect and symbolise life outside the frame, the stage, the arena. Of all games, cricket embodies life's passions most richly. It can, too, be unspeakably boring, as drab and futile as a pointless journey." –Mike Brearley
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