Comments for Bread and Circus
The fifth story in the February issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine is called "Bread and Circus" and is written by Steven Popkes.
Bread and circus refers in this case to the choice Mike must make between paying attention to coaching during the championship game or helping his wife chose a color for the room she's remodeling.
The game versus home theme is a fairly common one and by itself not one that shouts either fantasy or science fiction. It's the game itself that sets this story apart; it is soccer played with miniature dinosaurs.
The concept of DinoBall sounds silly but Steven Popkes sells it. His characters are so firmly grounded in their world and their careers that the story works.