MIKE, AND THE NEW GOLDEN AGE OF SPORT

JORDAN AGAIN REMINDS US OF HIS GREATNESS AND OF HOW LUCKY WE ARE

I used to envy Grantland Rice. Part of my jealousy had to do with the desire to write phrases like "Outlined against the blue-gray October sky..." But what I really coveted was the athletes Rice covered in the 1920s and '30s, the so-called Golden Age of Sports: Ty Cobb, Jim Thorpe, Bobby Jones, Bill Tilden, Babe Ruth, Babe Didrikson, Red Grange, the Brown Bomber, the Four Horsemen and the Four Musketeers.

No longer. Whether or not we know it, and I suspect most of us don't, this is another Golden Age, a harmonic convergence of some of the greatest athletes in...

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