Not Saussure

September 26, 2006

Sports and disability

Filed under: Blogroll, Books, scams — notsaussure @ 12:49 am

Mr Eugenides and Tim Worstall have both been having some justified fun with the news that ‘SCOTTISH sports clubs have been told to recruit disabled players and guarantee them a weekly game under a controversial equality drive ordered by ministers;’ Tim notes that ‘An unrelated news items tells us that Rangers have resigned Gazza’, while JuliaM asks, in Tim’s comments

What if your sport is so obscure & niche, there are no disabled people who want to play it? Do you cripple one of your existing players?

You can, of course, take the idea one stage further; Donald James’s excellent thriller, Vadim (which is good on its own, but even better read after the previous two novels, Monstrum and The Fortune Teller) has a brilliant Russian mafia boss and football-club owner (Murmansk Dynamo) who arranges ‘car accidents’ that cripple his expensive foreign players who don’t perform as well as expected, thus enabling hm to collect on the insurance and try his luck with another signing. This is actually quite reasonable, he argues, since the players collect on their insurance, too, so they can retire from the game — which they’d clearly need to do soon, anyway — well-provided-for, and he could just as easily have them suffer fatal accidents; all the same to him.

Vadim is, of course, a work of fiction.

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2 Comments »

  1. One that I’ve actually read too. A very fun book

    Comment by Tim Worstall — September 26, 2006 @ 6:13 am

  2. I like and play all sorts of mafia games myself, they are very fun to play. There are so many different types on the net. I am more into fast paced games, then the slower based mafia games myself. I like mafia games that have a lot of players in them that makes them a lot more fun!

    Comment by Mafia Game — July 6, 2007 @ 11:39 pm


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