Men & Sports

Phys-ed by Joel Peckham

Joel Peckham’s “Phys-Ed” is both story and essay about masculinity, boys’ competitions on-field and off-, knocking a man down, identity, fitting in, family, sons & fathers, sex, beer, and rock ’n’ roll. He tumbles these subjects in our minds and sieves them for his truths, covering as much guy-territory as any piece in this anthology. …

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Men & Sports

Men are hyper-competitive. Some say competition is the overriding male impulse, our foremost fact of life, begun shortly after we emerge from mom’s womb and start competing with dad for her love. At very least, competition is in men’s genes. Parents who have raised both boy- and girl-children say this, pointing to boys’ rough-housing natures. …

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