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 competitive. Some say competition is the overriding male impulse, begun shortly after we emerge from Mom’s womb and start competing with Dad for her love. Parents who have raised both boys and girls know competitiveness is in their sons’ genes, pointing to their wrestling and roughhousing natures. Men compete in our speech, ideas, …

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