Archive

06/18/15 - Charleston’s ‘Mother Emanuel Church’ Has Stared Down Racist Violence for 200 Years

The more you read about Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, otherwise known as “Mother Emanuel,” the more awe you feel for its historic resilience amidst white-supremacist terror.

06/16/15 - Soccer’s Enduring Sexism and the Magnificence of Marta

This is a column about the sexism plaguing Brazilian soccer, but I want to be clear that this is not a South American issue, or an “over there” issue: It’s a global issue. Women’s soccer is not only the story of a sport. It’s the story of a fight for access and opportunity and respect, often against the very people who are supposed to be developing the game. Perhaps nowhere is that reality more evocative than in Brazil.

06/12/15 - The Irresistible Realness of Dusty Rhodes

Tributes are pouring in for the late Virgil Runnels Jr. the influential pro wrestling impresario who passed away on Thursday at the age of 69. This is not a tribute to Mr. Runnels. This is a tribute to his alter ego, the man who “dined with Kings and Queens and slept in alleys eating Pork ’n’ Beans” otherwise known as “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes.

06/10/15 - Two Roads: The Politics of David Blatt and the Passion of Steve Kerr’s Father

06/08/15 - The People of Oakland Need to Occupy Their Sports Teams

06/02/15 - Sepp Blatter’s Shocking End

05/29/15 - Sepp Blatter Re-Elected Just In Time for the Women’s World Cup

05/28/15 - Will the FIFA Raids Scuttle the Vote to Suspend Israeli Soccer?

05/28/15 - Montreal: Adopted Home of Jackie Robinson, John Carlos, and Now Michael Sam

05/26/15 - An NBA Player Is Missing the Playoffs Because the NYPD Broke His Leg—Why the Sports-Media Silence?

05/19/15 - Having a Wedding? A Sweet 16? Consider One of Brazil’s World Cup Stadiums!

05/15/15 - It’s Not Tom Brady We Should Be Worried About—It’s Roger Goodell

05/13/15 - Why Are We Paying the NFL to Help the Pentagon Recruit Troops?

05/11/15 - Israel and Palestine Agree: Keep Politics Out of Soccer

05/06/15 - James Dolan’s Epic WNBA Fail

05/04/15 - ‘The Game Done Changed’: Reconsidering ‘The Wire’ Amidst the Baltimore Uprising

05/01/15 - Makayla Gilliam-Price and Baltimore’s Debt to a Remarkable Family

04/30/15 - Baltimore Oriole Adam Jones and the Power of Seeing Pain

04/30/15 - Apartheid Games: Baltimore, Urban America, and Camden Yards

04/27/15 - Camden Yards and the Baltimore Protests for Freddie Gray

04/23/15 - Now That the Justice Department Has Struck Out, It’s Time to Put Barry Bonds in the Hall of Fame

04/21/15 - Cornel West Is Not Mike Tyson

04/21/15 - A Police Story Unravels: How Did the NYPD Break an NBA Player’s Leg?

04/21/15 - The Debt Owed to Eduardo Galeano

04/14/15 - So... the NYPD Just Broke an NBA Player’s Leg

04/09/15 - The Wisconsin Badgers Deserve Better Than Scott Walker

04/02/15 - Duke University Coach Mike Krzyzewski Is a Profile in Cowardice

03/31/15 - Moving the Final Four Out of Indiana Would Be One Hell of a Political Statement

03/31/15 - Why the NCAA Should Move the Final Four Out of Indiana

03/27/15 - An Economist Explains Why College Athletes Should Be Paid

03/27/15 - ‘You’re Not a Commodity, You’re a Person.’ How Chris Borland Has Reframed the Football Debate

03/27/15 - Ashley Judd's noble fight to confront social media sexism: After trolls batter the Kentucky superfan on Twitter, she fights back

03/27/15 - Chris Borland and the Revenge of History

03/16/15 - Why Not Even the Mighty John Oliver Can Shame the NCAA

03/16/15 - ‘Are We Still Thugs When You Pay to Watch Us Play Sports?’

03/11/15 - Chip Kelly, John Carlos and the ‘R-Word’

03/11/15 - Royce White on Larry Sanders, Mental Wellness and the NBA

03/06/15 - Defeat: Major League Soccer Players Union Scores an Own Goal

03/06/15 - The Passing of Three Interconnected Icons: Earl Lloyd, Minnie Minoso and Anthony Mason

03/06/15 - Can Players Win a Strike Against Major League Soccer?

02/24/15 - The #BlackLivesMatter Surveillance Special at Michael Jordan's Steakhouse

02/24/15 - It Matters: Steph Curry Honors Victim of Chapel Hill Murders

02/12/15 - Gentrification Is the Real Scandal Surrounding Jackie Robinson West

02/10/15 - Dean Smith: On the Passing of a Death Penalty Abolitionist

02/10/15 - Serena Williams, Indian Wells and Rewriting the Future

02/10/15 - Following Up on the Conspiracy Theory Surrounding the Super Bowl’s Final Moments

02/10/15 - Open Letter to Roger Goodell: It’s Time to Resign

02/02/15 - The Conspiracy Theory Surrounding The Seahawks’ Last Play

01/28/15 - Marshawn Lynch and Roger Goodell: A Compare And Contrast

01/28/15 - Patriots Balls and Christopher Hitchens

01/28/15 - Deflated Balls for Some, Miniature American Flags for Others!

01/28/15 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali and What Their Secret Friendship Teaches Us Today

01/28/15 - After 86 Years the Palestinian National Soccer Team Finally Arrives

01/28/15 - On the Death of the Irreplaceable Mike Marqusee

01/28/15 - On Naked Emperors and College Football’s Championship

01/28/15 - Dear Boston: Say Hell No to the Olympic Games

01/06/15 - Why All Opponents of Gentrification and Police Militarization Should Oppose the DC 2024 Olympic Bid

01/06/15 - Stuart Scott Was My Strength

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

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

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