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Strip-mining the Dominican Republic for talent, Major League Baseball
periodically plucks one lucky boy from his home and family and gives
him a dream for a better life. But what happens the other 99 left
behind in "baseball factories," still hoping?

War hero and former NFL star Pat Tillman was not the GI Joe icon
created by Pentagon spinmeisters. He was a fiercely independent thinker
convinced that the war in Iraq was illegal. Bereaved military families,
also angered at Pentagon exploitation of their loved ones, are joining
the critical chorus.

Washington Wizards power forward Etan Thomas is using
his swoosh-adorned status as a sports star to speak out on the gross
negligence of the Bush Administration.

In The Godfather, Part II, dying mob boss Hyman Roth wheezes the
obscene truth to young Don Michael Corleone.

The Jack Johnson story is about many things, but none more emphatically than the meaning of manhood to the Anglo-Saxon imagination at the turn of the century.

Toward the end of the undervalued 1979 movie adaptation of former pro football receiver Peter Gent's undervalued 1973 novel, North Dallas Forty, a beat, bent lineman, played by the late Jo

Half a century has passed since Manny Farber wrote in these pages about underground films, by which he meant the urban crime movies watched by male loiterers near the Greyhound station, in theate

If we had four or five Abbott Joseph Lieblings in Iraq and Washington, it might be a different war, one in which those hugely amiable, observant and amusable souls could bring us the news that, y

We might provoke less violent demonstrations
If we invaded slightly fewer nations.

Just as Roger Clemens can be counted on to fire heat, our national pastime inevitably waves the flag in times of national stress.

Blogs

Andy Schwarz explains why the NCAA is not only morally indefensible but economically ludicrous. 

March 27, 2015

When Chris Borland was trying to figure out his future, he spoke to an old school NFL rebel.

March 24, 2015

The decision by Chris Borland to walk away from the NFL should be viewed as a conscious act of resistance.

March 18, 2015

Why did one of the NFL’s most promising players decide to retire after just one season?

March 17, 2015

The arguments have been made but the NCAA will never change without a fight.

March 16, 2015

Two very different college towns were joined by a sense of resistance to racism.

March 13, 2015

I have seen Eagles coach Chip Kelly be brave on questions of race. But that doesn’t mean we should be afraid to talk about racism and the Eagles.

March 10, 2015

We need to listen to basketball player and mental health advocate Royce White’s thoughts on budding NBA star Larry Sanders’s decision to walk away from the game.

March 9, 2015

Players, fans and the long-term success of MLS lose in the new collective bargaining agreement. It didn’t have to end this way.

March 5, 2015

The last week has seen the deaths of three sports trailblazers who in different ways brought us all closer together.

March 2, 2015