Topic: Politics

June 11, 2012

Fandom requires a certain amount of surrender to contingency, given that we're not the ones playing the game. But, in his column advocating a politically motivated approach to picking a favorite in the NBA Finals, Dave Zirin takes engagement a step too far.

May 16, 2012

David Brooks, New York Times op-ed columnist and America's Most Reasonable Unreasonable Person™, is much better at making up names for different types of people than he is at anything else, which probably explains how he came up with "ESPN Man" as a way to describe President Obama. But the problem of bad sports metaphors in political writing is bigger than just one doofus.

April 23, 2012

Cash-strapped communities routinely pay through the nose to keep a pro-sports franchise in town. The justification has always been that a pro team brings other business and economic development. Studies have shown that this argument is false. Places like Newark want a professional sports team because it offers them a source of civic pride.  But can Newark afford sports?

April 11, 2012

As manager of the Miami Marlins, Ozzie Guillen should have known that bringing up Fidel Castro would get him in trouble locally. But the national outrage seems intent on humiliating him for more than bad judgement without examining what may have been behind his comments. 

March 26, 2012

The horror of Trayvon Martin's murder in Sanford, Florida is a lot to take, for a lot of very good reasons. But for all the horror and ugliness that the case revealed and has continued to reveal, the response to this injustice has also contained a fragile sort of hope. That the NBA Players Association, the Miami Heat, and LeBron James (of all people) have been a part of that is surprising, and inspiring in its own right.

March 13, 2012

Connie Mack IV, the great grandson of the Hall of Fame manager, hasn't had a terribly distinguished career as a Congressman. But he is the only Republican Senate candidate in Florida to have punched former Braves slugger Ron Gant in the crotch.

February 9, 2012

Former Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger, like many people who played golf often, is very concerned about how much free stuff poor people...pardon, "non-working Americans" receive. What makes him a champion is getting on Twitter and making a difference.

January 27, 2012

The Timberwolves forward tried to make thing easy. He ended up a lightning rod.

January 25, 2012

There will be no return trip to the Super Bowl; this frozen football mecca should be licking its wounds and sobbing. But the city this team made famous has other problems on its mind. 

January 18, 2012

The thing with infringements on freedom anywhere is that they're also infringements on freedom everywhere. If that sounds overcooked in re: watching goofy YouTube highlight videos, it's only because of how much we take internet openness for granted. That's what SOPA puts at risk.