Human societies are built on stories, and there are few domains of public life as ripe with storytelling potential as sports. Oftentimes, the stories we tell around sports involve heroes, conquest, getting to the mountaintop and seeing the promised land. It’s much rarer to tell stories about striving mightily before accepting defeat, and learning to live with and grow from failure.
So that’s why Ari brought on Sports Illustrated’s Chris Herring to talk about one of the most famous teams ever… that didn’t make it: the 1990s New York Knicks. Along the way they talk about resilience, the spiritual value of sports fandom, the importance of tradition, Chris’s own spiritual journey, the reason why NBA players seem so disproportionately faith-inclined, the trajectory of hip hop in Chicago, and much more!
Hear the episode now:
You can order a copy of Chris’s new book today: Blood in the Garden: The Flagrant History of the 1990s New York Knicks
About Good Faith Effort: The Hebrew Bible is every bit America’s moral founding document as the Constitution is our political founding document. Every week, Rabbi Dr. Ari Lamm speaks with thinkers, writers, artists, and faith leaders to explore how the Bible continues to inform our lives today, from politics to psychology to pop culture, bringing Americans of different traditions and persuasions closer together as so much else threatens to pull us apart.