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A Tocquevillian Appraisal of American Sports

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In response to Walter Mitty Owners

My friend Jay Nordlinger has written a very fun column about what he would do if he owned a sports team. Like many of you, I imagine, I find the temptations of his hypothetical too alluring to resist penning a reply. I’d like to take a slightly different approach to the question, however. 

As one of our resident Atlanticists here at NR, I have the benefit of looking at America at something of a distance, against the contrasting background of the rest of the world. If there’s any advantage to this foreign perspective, it’s that of an increased sensitivity to America’s


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