Dave Zirin

Sports Editor

@EdgeofSports

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.

The Year in Political Sports The Year in Political Sports

In 2008, the wall between sports and politics, which we are told is as immutable as Gibraltar, was not only challenged, it was thoroughly breached.

Dec 31, 2008 / Column / Dave Zirin

Where Have All the Black Coaches Gone? Where Have All the Black Coaches Gone?

The path to the White House shouldn't be easier than the path to coach college football at Oregon State.

Dec 17, 2008 / Column / Dave Zirin

Burress Shooting: Cue the Hypocrites Burress Shooting: Cue the Hypocrites

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.

Dec 5, 2008 / Column / Dave Zirin

Mark Cuban Libre Mark Cuban Libre

Billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been accused of insider trading. Is he guilty or just a target because of his larger-than-life persona and populist appeal?

Nov 20, 2008 / Column / Dave Zirin

No Obamamania for Brandon Marshall No Obamamania for Brandon Marshall

All the Denver Broncos wideout l wanted to do was celebrate Obama's victory--but his teammates censored him and the media ridiculed him. Why?

Nov 7, 2008 / Column / Dave Zirin

Merrittocracy Merrittocracy

Merritt Paulson, son of Henry Paulson, asks the city of Portland to fund his new sports stadiums even though he can afford it.

Oct 22, 2008 / Column / Dave Zirin

Palin Drops the Puck Palin Drops the Puck

The best-known hockey mom in the country gets booed at a game in Philadelphia's Wachovia Center. Failing candidate, failed bank, failed stunt: you can't make this stuff up.

Oct 13, 2008 / Column / Dave Zirin and Daniel Denvir

Sarah Palin’s Extreme Sports Sarah Palin’s Extreme Sports

Polititians routinely manipulate Americans' fixation with sports. But Sarah Palin plays an extreme--and disingenuous--version of the game.

Oct 7, 2008 / Column / Dave Zirin

Remembering the Bear Remembering the Bear

Don Haskins made his mark on college basketball and on America, as he fought to make the hardwood a level playing field for all.

Sep 12, 2008 / Column / Dave Zirin

Q&A with Jim Brown Q&A with Jim Brown

The Hall of Fame football legend discusses his experiences working with gangs in the black community and why the death penalty just doesn't work.

Sep 5, 2008 / Column / Dave Zirin

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