viously" a site of masculine display and definition; but research into the historical origins and development of these traditions of display (and how they have been utilized over time) emphasizes the simple truth that these traditions did not spring fully formed from some godly cranium. They are the result of specific historical confluences of power negotiations between objects and exhibitors. Understanding these images as a sphere of contestation reminds us of the need to more fully interrogate the arena of sporting culture in our study of American culture. The recording of history is always a competition: A variety of discursive steeds challenge each other in a race against time, and at the finish line some are established as thoroughbreds, and others dispatched to the glue factory. There is more work to be done, and there are more races to be run. At the very least, we must broaden the field.