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Joe Namath

My two first sports heroes, in a long and ever-expanding gallery, were oddly matched, though both wore the number twelve.
 

Roberto Clemente

I was blown away by the intensity and grace with which Roberto Clemente played the game.

Jim Thorpe

As we near the 100th anniversary of Jim Thorpe’s triumph in the 1912 Olympics, his story is worth telling again and again.

Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe stands out as an athlete who used his gift and his fame to serve larger causes.

Rube Walker

“Third-string catchers are rarely anybody's hero, but Rube Walker remains one of mine.”

Muhammad Ali

It wasn't until Magic Johnson came along that there was anyone who so completely altered our understanding of a sport and its possibilities more than Muhammad Ali.

Willie Stargel

Willie and Roberto weren't just the best; they were greatness.

Highlights from The Nation's sports reporting over the past one hundred years.

A bet on a horse in the 1949 Grand National resulted in the largest collective transfer of wealth ever to communism's stalwarts in Britain.

After an eighteen-week labor standoff, the National Football League players' union has unanimously voted to approve an agreement that promotes player health and safety.

Blogs

The Seattle Seahawks are representing a new sports/politics paradigm, one that with a Super Bowl win could be felt for a generation.

January 30, 2015

It’s time again for America’s annual concussion carnival.

January 29, 2015

The fining of Marshawn Lynch by Roger Goodell speaks to far larger hypocrisies and prejudices that emanate from the NFL's central office. 

January 27, 2015

At the heart of a silly scandal, there is a damning truth about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the billionaires he represents. 

January 26, 2015

It makes perfect sense why people care about the NFL's latest scandal more than the State of the Union address: because it’s real.

January 21, 2015

Dr. Martin Luther King and Muhammad Ali shared a bond in their commitment against war and for social justice. It wasn’t a popular bond and it deserves to be remembered. 

January 18, 2015

The success of the Palestinian national soccer team has always been about more than wins and losses. 

January 15, 2015

My sportswriting mentor and hero Mike Marqusee has died. If you don’t know his work, here is a time to learn it.

January 13, 2015

Ohio State and Oregon will play for the college football title, with little regard for the effect on their academic mission.

January 12, 2015

The USOC’s choice to propose having the 2024 Olympics to Boston should be seen as a call to protest.

January 9, 2015