Archive

01/06/15 - Stuart Scott Was My Strength

When I was diagnosed with cancer in July, I felt like a loser. I get how illogical, infantile and insulting such a statement appears. It insults not only myself but everyone who gets the diagnosis that they have “the Big C.” I felt like a loser partly out of self-pity and partly because I was convinced that I must have done something to bring this on myself: my diet, my stress, my cellphone, my personal habits and petty addictions.

01/06/15 - A Reality of Their Own: Jameis Winston, Rape and Seminole Fandom at Florida State

Before every Florida State Seminoles home game, mascot Chief Osceola rides out on his horse and throws a flaming spear, to the delight of fans. Never mind that the real Chief Osceola did not ride a horse into battle (leading the second Seminole war in the swampy Everglades was not an equestrian pursuit). But in Tallahassee, when it comes to the football program, reality is what you say it is to keep the trains stuffed with cash running on time.

01/06/15 - Why 2014 Will Be Remembered as the Year the Sports World Turned Upside Down

This will be remembered as the year when a bomb that had been ticking for several years exploded. The accelerant has been the power of athlete- and fan-generated social media to launch news cycles, spread video and audio at light speed and mushroom controversies that otherwise would not have existed.

01/06/15 - Athlete-Activists Can’t Be Scared Silent After the Murder of Two NYPD Officers

01/06/15 - Interview With Ariyana Smith: The First Athlete Activist of #BlackLivesMatter

12/23/14 - The Cleveland Browns’ Andrew Hawkins, #BlackLivesMatter and the Accidental Activist

12/23/14 - In the Spirit of Wyomia Tyus, Women Athletes Say #BlackLivesMatter

12/23/14 - The Power of Political Athletes to Puncture Privilege

12/10/14 - The Enduring Importance of the Activist Athlete

12/10/14 - #BlackLivesMatter Takes the Field: A Weekend of Athletes Speaking Out

12/09/14 - From Rams to Ariyana Smith, Athletes Honor Michael Brown

12/03/14 - St. Louis Rams Players Tell the World That #BlackLivesMatter

12/01/14 - Do #BlackLivesMatter to White Athletes? Let’s Ask Them

11/21/14 - Dave Zirin on the Dan Patrick Show: Roger Goodell & Adrian Peterson

11/21/14 - Beyond the Drug Raids: Why the Feds Are Fed Up With the NFL

11/21/14 - New NBA Union Chief Michele Roberts Slams the League’s Old Labor Practices

11/14/14 - Boston Is Already Saying ‘Hell No’ to the 2024 Olympics

11/14/14 - Kurt Busch, Ray Rice and How Sports Disseminates the Burdens of Racism

11/07/14 - A-Rod and Ray Rice: If They Go Down, Let Them Not Be Alone

11/07/14 - Why the Movement Against Washington Football’s Racial Slur Is ‘Idle No More’

11/07/14 - FIFA Denies Women’s World Cup Players an Equal Playing Field—Literally

11/02/14 - The Bridge: A Political Appreciation of Steve Nash

10/22/14 - They Need Him, So Why Was Michael Sam Cut From the Dallas Cowboys?

10/22/14 - Stop Surgical Violence Against Women Athletes—and Let Dutee Run!

10/13/14 - ‘Raiders Night’ Comes to Sayreville

10/08/14 - The NBA’s 21st-Century Vampires

09/30/14 - ‘The Facts Themselves Speak Truth to Power’: An Interview With NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith

09/30/14 - Are Head Injuries the Bridge Between the NFL Playing Field and Domestic Violence?

09/21/14 - No Justice, No Football: Ferguson Demonstrators Bring Struggle to NFL Sunday

09/21/14 - The 2014 NFL: Where Racketeers Condemn Child Abusers

09/21/14 - Why NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Must Go and Who Should Replace Him

09/12/14 - ‘Erase the Tapes!’: The Beginning of the End for Roger Goodell

09/12/14 - The Revictimizing of Janay Rice

09/12/14 - Dave Zirin

09/12/14 - You Can’t Unsee It: Washington Football Name and Quiet Acts of Resistance

09/12/14 - UPDATED: Michael Sam: Out of the Closet, Out of the NFL?

09/01/14 - Yes, I ‘Question the NFL's Commitment’ to Being a Force Against Domestic Violence

09/01/14 - The Assassinating of Native American Voices by the Cowards Palin, Ditka and Snyder

09/01/14 - On the Little League World Series, Jackie Robinson West and Michael Brown

09/01/14 - The Wrong Question: ‘Where Are the Athletes on Ferguson?’

09/01/14 - The Major Problem With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Powerful Essay on Ferguson

09/01/14 - INTERVIEW: Why Pro Wrestler ‘MVP’ Made the Trip to Ferguson

09/01/14 - Robin Williams and a Moment of Magic

08/09/14 - Why Has It Taken This Long for a Men’s Pro-Sports Team to Hire a Female Coach?

08/09/14 - His Name Was Ahed Zaqout: Former Palestinian Soccer Star Killed in Gaza

08/09/14 - At Least My Hospital Isn’t Being Bombed

08/09/14 - Here’s What Happens When an NFL Player Beats His Fiancée Unconscious

07/25/14 - Four Little Boys and the Price of Play in Gaza

07/13/14 - The Preordained: Why LeBron James Was Always Coming Back to Cleveland

07/06/14 - ‘Exporting Gaza’: The Arming of Brazil’s World Cup Security

07/01/14 - Luis Suárez May Bite, but FIFA Sucks Blood

06/18/14 - Dispatches From Brazil’s World Cup: Real Estate Frenzy Provokes ‘Psychological Attack’ to Oust Favela Residents

06/16/14 - Dispatches From Brazil’s World Cup: ‘Don’t Tear Gas the Tourists!’

06/15/14 - Dispatches From Brazil’s World Cup: ‘No One Lives Here Anymore’

06/05/14 - John Carlos Stands Up to an NFL Slur

06/05/14 - A Historic Goal for Palestine

05/29/14 - Pure Poison: The UCSB Shooting, Ray Rice and a Culture of Violence Against Women

05/24/14 - Pelé Said What?

05/19/14 - ‘There Will Be No World Cup’: Brazil on the Brink

05/13/14 - Donald Sterling and Anderson Cooper: Meet the Wolf of Crenshaw

05/11/14 - Michael Sam Gets Drafted, and the NFL Has Issues

05/05/14 - No Sympathy for Shelly Sterling

05/03/14 - Whitewash: How The NY Times Just Rewrote The History of Sports

04/30/14 - What Helped Bring Donald Sterling Down? A Threatened Strike Against Racism

04/29/14 - The Sterling Ban: 10 Takeaways From Adam Silver’s and Kevin Johnson’s Press Conferences

04/25/14 - Breaking the Law? Northwestern Football Coach Pressures Players Not to Unionize

04/25/14 - Brazil’s World Cup Will Kick the Environment in the Teeth

04/25/14 - Ten Years Later: Questions Still Surround Pat Tillman’s Death

04/25/14 - On the Death and Life’s Work of the Unconquerable Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter

04/25/14 - Bigots Will Learn: You’re Not Going to Scare Henry Aaron

04/25/14 - Pat Tillman, the Boston Marathon and the Tale of Two Anniversaries

04/14/14 - Why Is Northwestern Football Coach Pat Fitzgerald Playing the Union Buster?

04/14/14 - The UConn Huskies Win ‘NCAA Hunger Games Bingo’

04/10/14 - Men on the Edge of Panic: Boomer Esiason, Mike Francesa and Toxic Masculinity

04/03/14 - Richard Sherman Defends His Dirt

03/30/14 - The Northwestern University Football Union and the NCAA’s Death Spiral

03/25/14 - It’s the Racism, Stupid: Meet the Press’s Epic NCAA Fail

03/14/14 - Disrespect in Dodgers Blue: Why Number 11 Should Be Worn Only by Manny Mota

03/08/14 - Major League Soccer to Start Season With Scab Refs

03/08/14 - My Years of Magical Thinking: Thoughts on the 1980s Showtime Lakers

02/28/14 - After Darren Sharper, the NFL Must Address Violence Against Women

02/26/14 - At Long Last, Jason Collins Is the First

02/24/14 - After the Press Conference: Michael Sam and "The Man Box"

02/14/14 - The Miami Dolphins, Richie Incognito, and the Rot in the National Football League

02/11/14 - All-American Michael Sam Comes Out and the NFL Is On the Clock

02/11/14 - Michael Sam Owns His Truth. Will NFL Owners Join Him?

02/10/14 - Ten Points about College Hoops All-American Marcus Smart Pushing A "Fan"

02/10/14 - It Begins: 4 LGBT Activists Arrested in Russia for Quoting the Olympic Charter

02/06/14 - Democracy Now Appearances

02/05/14 - The 2014 Sochi Olympics: Something For Everyone!

01/31/14 - Not a Broncos Fan? Then This Super Bowl, Root for Russell Wilson

01/27/14 - Richard Sherman’s Latest and his Refusal to Be a Brand

01/27/14 - Richard Sherman, Racial Coding and Bombastic Brainiacs