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

For most of this week I’ve resisted delivering a steaming hot take about this “deflategate” story because I could not force myself to give even the slightest of fucks. It’s been difficult to care about the bereaved and aggrieved Patriots nation of fans who are in full froth over their Super Bowl–winning team being branded as cheaters. I also wasn’t overly concerned with the tarnishing of quarterback Tom Brady’s legacy. If anything, this story only mattered to me insofar as I truly wondered—since the NFL believes that the Patriots swindled their way through the playoffs—why they didn’t have to just give up their precious Lombardi Trophy. After all, forfeiting the championship was the brutal judgment delivered unto the USA Little League ChampionsJackie Robinson West.

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

All-star first baseman Carlos Delgado was not a fan of the numerous military appreciation events taking place at the ballpark a decade ago. These were staged to bolster support for the Iraq war and doubled as recruitment stations, using sports to increase the ranks of the armed forces, which had thinned dramatically after George W. Bush decided to call for a permanent era of armed conflict. As Delgado said, “I won’t stand for this war.… It’s a very terrible thing that happened on September 11. It’s [also] a terrible thing that happened in Afghanistan and Iraq. I just feel so sad for the families that lost relatives and loved ones in the war. But I think it’s the stupidest war ever.”

Now we can not only see that these events were politically transparent propaganda for a flagging war effort.

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

We have before us a point of agreement between Netanyahu’s Israel and the militarily vivisected area of land at times referred to as the Palestinian territories: the idea that sports and politics should not mix. Tragically—not unlike words such as “life,” “liberty,” and that whole “pursuing happiness” thing—the phrase means far less as it journeys from abstraction to reality. Israeli Football Association Chairman Ofer Eini and Chief Executive Rotem Kamer traveled to Zurich, Switzerland, last week to meet with reptilian FIFA chief (and self-described women’s soccer “godfather”) Sepp Blatter. Their mission? To change a meeting agenda item.

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

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?