Dave Zirin, The Nation’s sports correspondent, is the author, most recently, of Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down. Named one of UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World,” Zirin is a frequent guest on MSNBC, ESPN and Democracy Now! He also hosts his own weekly Sirius XM show, Edge of Sports Radio. His other books include What's My Name Fool? (Haymarket Books), A People's History of Sports in the United States (the New Press), Bad Sports: How Owners Are Ruining the Games We Love (Scribner) and, with John Wesley Carlos, The John Carlos Story. You can find all his work at www.edgeofsports.com.
The embattled NBA Hall of Famer is perhaps the only figure who can expose "America's Toughest Sheriff" as the abusive bigot he is.
This is not about steroids, or an arrogant athlete getting his comeuppance--it's about the mess Bush made of the Justice Department.
The case against Barry Bonds has begun to resemble the big marlin in Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. In the end, all that may be left are the bones.
When it comes to steroids, no one, as A-Rod's alleged paramour Madonna might say, is like a virgin.
In America's first hard-times Super Bowl, superb athletes and a thrillingly played game rose to the challenge. Maybe the country can, too.
The notoriously apolitical Tiger Woods's presence at Barack Obama's pre-inauguration concert could have been momentous. But it wasn't.
A sports arena and a basketball team recently have become the unlikely setting and target of protests against Israel's attacks on Gaza.
In 2008, the wall between sports and politics, which we are told is as immutable as Gibraltar, was not only challenged, it was
The path to the White House shouldn't be easier than the path to coach college football at Oregon State.
His NFL career shot to pieces because of a stupid stunt with a gun, Plaxico Burress now becomes the latest athlete everyone loves to hate.