Read of the Day: Within the Context of No Context

How do we know if a player is great? If Messi’s greatness depends on his winning a World Cup, how much of that quality relies on him playing for a team with a chance to win the Cup? How much of his greatness is contextual? How much what we’re told about him? “I want there to be great players, and I think I’ve seen them play. If nothing else, though, it’s scary how flimsy some of the narratives we build on the game (and care about, and invest hopes in) turn out to look when you think about them for a second.” (Brian Phillips/The Run of Play)

(Image credit: Antonio Jordana/Flickr through a Creative Commons license.)

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