Topic: People

April 30, 2013

During an appearance on Outside the Lines, ESPN's own Chris Broussard called homosexuality an "open rebellion" on God during a "debate" with out sportswriter (and more importantly, a person with feelings and dignity) LZ Granderson. It's not the first time we've heard this, and we'll hear much more of it in the coming days, weeks and  months. But that's not why it matters. 

September 5, 2012

Guillermo Rigondeaux was one of Cuba's very best fighters before he finally succeeded in defecting in 2009. He has also been one of its saddest, and an emblem of a wise but thwarted and incurably sports-mad society that's quietly at war with itself, and losing.

August 31, 2012

Sports, particularly baseball, have helped to grease the wheels of the status quo through tales of triumphant underdogs to the point where a seventy-five-year old Cubs fan could believe from the stands at Wrigley that this, irrespective of the last hundred, was the year his Cubbies were finally going to put it all together. This mindset, “quasi-pathological” at a minimum, is quintessentially American.