Dave Zirin is the sports editor at The Nation. He is the author of 11 books on the politics of sports. He is also the coproducer and writer of the new documentary Behind the Shield: The Power and Politics of the NFL. Named one of UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World,” Zirin is a frequent guest on ESPN, MSNBC, and Democracy Now! He also hosts The Nation’s Edge of Sports podcast.
The World Cup opens in 90 days. But the crackdown and the protests have already begun.
On Thursday, I was proud to take part in a student walkout and talk some sports…..
Can ESPN please declare a company-wide moratorium on comparing current athletes to Muhammad Ali?
Who would have thought that it is easier to be gay in the world of college lacrosse than in men’s figure skating?
Today’s Tiger Woods press conference was an exercise in painful self-abasement that will achieve the opposite of its intended effect. I haven’t seen anything this painfully scripted since the Phantom Menace.
Nuance is the mortal enemy of essayist Christopher Hitchens.
News Flash: Winter Olympic officials in tropical Vancouver have been forced to import snow – on the public dime – to make sure that the 2010 games proceed as planned. This use of tax-dollars is just the icing on the cake for increasingly angry Vancouver residents. And unlike the snow, the anger shows no signs of abating.
First let me put my cards on the table. I consider Jemele Hill, sports columnist for ESPN.com to be as incisive and interesting as they come. She has been a frequent and fearless guest on my radio show and is always aces on the air. That’s why I’m so gobsmacked by Jemele’s latest column, subtly titled, Laud the Courage in Tim Tebow’s Stand.