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Sports has a rich tradition of resistance politics. 

From Jackie Robinson and the first integrated sports teams to Pat Tillman and our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, sports is woven into the fabric of our nation.

 There was a time—not too long ago—when black players were not allowed to play on "white" teams.

Jocks vs. Pukes

Jock Culture is a distortion of sports.

Atlantic Yards construction site

Numerous cities are littered with “downtown catalysts” that failed to catalyze.

Rollerderby

Roller Derby marries an underground vibe with the fun of athletic competition.

Make no mistake about it: the owners lost.

Blogs

On "Black Monday" some firings just mask the rotting stench from the owner’s box.

December 30, 2013

The Obama administation has made a welcome and provocative choice to represent the United States in Sochi.

December 18, 2013

Following some terrific feedback from readers, I now have three more people to add to my list of Sportspeople of the Year. 

December 17, 2013

Choosing Peyton Manning as its Sportsperson of the Year was a resoundingly establishment choice by Sports Illustrated that serves to obscure the rumbling resistance to the status quo throughout the sports world.

December 16, 2013

Has a Native American named Jay Winter Nightwolf put a curse on this team? It seems hardly worth the effort.

December 13, 2013

Last year it was Gabrielle Douglas. Who is The Nation magazine sports editor’s Sportsperson of the Year for 2013?

December 11, 2013

Nelson Mandela’s history with the sports world is both more complicated and more challenging than meets the eye.

December 9, 2013

The now-dismissed sexual assault charges against star quarterback Jameis Winston reveal so much more than meets the eye.

December 5, 2013

Saturday’s game between Alabama and Auburn had more going on than just the action on the field.

December 2, 2013

Last night was a shameful display by Dan Snyder to hide behind World War II veterans and excuse the fact that he won’t change his own team’s racist name.

November 26, 2013