Remembering George Steinbrenner

Do we really have to say nice things about George Steinbrenner just because he’s…you know…dead? Really? OK, here goes: About a dozen years ago or so, maybe more, Sen. Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat, was talking with Steinbrenner and happened to...
Dave Zirin on ‘Bad Sports’

Dave Zirin on ‘Bad Sports’

“I’d like to thank Dan Snyder for inspiring this book,” Dave Zirin began. His DC audience, apparently dotted with disgruntled Skins fans, loudly protested this inauspicious introduction. Snyder, I later learned, was just one of many team owners who...

Remembering John Wooden

John Wooden was a legend. That’s a word that’s thrown around a lot these days, particularly in the realm of sports. Most sports legends aren’t. But he was. Wooden died at the age of 99 in June, 35 years after retiring as the most successful (and many...

Baseball Boycott

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), the nation’s only Latino senator, is calling on the Major League Baseball Players Association to boycott baseball’s 2011 all-star game in Phoenix. “The Arizona law is offensive to Hispanics and all Americans because it...
Exploiting Athletes

Exploiting Athletes

The NCAA is mulling the expansion of the men’s college basketball tournament, an inevitability that will mean young athletes will rake in millions more dollars for their schools. Marc Morial’s recent OtherWords op-ed, College Basketball Graduation Rate...
College Basketball Graduation Rate Insanity

College Basketball Graduation Rate Insanity

Colleges prepare all year for the lucrative chance to send a team to the basketball championship tournament commonly known as “March Madness.” But, when it comes to making sure that student-athletes are academically prepared for the game of life, madness...

Blood Sport

In the Mayan game of pitz, the first team sport in human history, two sets of players squared off in a ball court that could stretch as long as a football field. The object of the game was to use hips and elbows to keep the ball in the air and, if possible, get it...
Postcard From…Cape Town

Postcard From…Cape Town

The 2010 FIFA World Cup is coming to Cape Town, the first to be held in Africa. But the anger of many South Africans is brewing. The righteous wrath stems from the continuing social rifts that divide this “rainbow nation” along racial lines. Sadly,...

Don’t Apologize if You’re Sorry about Getting Caught

There’s an apology epidemic. If it’s not a corporate executive (Akiro Toyoda) then it’s an athlete (Tiger Woods, Mark McGuire) or a politician (Mark Sanford, John Edwards). People seem to require it; I don’t know why. It reminds me of A...

Our National Pastime Is Too Brutal

Football is our national pastime. It used to be baseball—no longer. It’s hard to believe but there was a time when there was hardly a town or village that didn’t support some sort of baseball team, be it minor league, semi-professional or amateur....