Sports and the Iron Fist of Myth
This chapter discusses how the stories presented in this book invoke the iron fist of myth. These are not simple, tragic tales. They are myths of admonishment and disapprobation. They sanction and scourge. They punish and cast out. Myth was never made simply to teach or entertain. Myth has one main purpose—the construction, maintenance, and surveillance of social order.
Keywords: sports figures, athletes, myths, social order