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.

Blind to Bolt in Beijing Blind to Bolt in Beijing

  The ultimate Olympic event is the 100-meter dash. From the greatness of Jesse Owens and Carl Lewis, to the ignominy of Ben Johnson--it has in many ways come to define the ...

Aug 16, 2008 / The Notion / Dave Zirin

No Free Press at Beijing Olympics No Free Press at Beijing Olympics

 "Are you arresting me? I am a journalist," said John Ray, of London-based ITV News, as he was arrested by the Chinese police. The pernicious crime perpetrated by Jo...

Aug 15, 2008 / The Notion / Dave Zirin

Spain’s Basketball Team Sullies the Olympics Spain’s Basketball Team Sullies the Olympics

  There are some athletes who can't be bought. Some athletes who refuse tobecome commodities, valuing their humanity more than their wallets. Thenthere is the Spanish nationa...

Aug 14, 2008 / The Notion / Dave Zirin

Women’s Gymnastics: The Big Mac of the Beijing Games Women’s Gymnastics: The Big Mac of the Beijing Games

  If you have been reading this blog, you know that I am somewhatconflicted about the Olympics. There is the beauty of the games, and anugly pervasive undercurrent that can l...

Aug 13, 2008 / The Notion / Dave Zirin

Beijing Olympics: Dolphin Kicks Obscure Biased Coverage Beijing Olympics: Dolphin Kicks Obscure Biased Coverage

  "It's like he was part fish." That's what a friend of mine from theMaryland suburbs said about the young Michael Phelps. He was in a swimclub with the multiple go...

Aug 12, 2008 / The Notion / Dave Zirin

Beijing Basketball Watched By Billions Beijing Basketball Watched By Billions

  The most laudable part of the Summer Olympics is that it is one of the few times when the stifling sporting atmosphere in the United States actually opens up its window and...

Aug 11, 2008 / The Notion / Dave Zirin

Bush & Kissinger Invade Beijing Bush & Kissinger Invade Beijing

  Remember Nero fiddling while the world burns? Nero's got nothing onGeorge W Bush. Hell, at least Nero was displaying a demonstrative skill.No, while Russia shells the Georg...

Aug 10, 2008 / The Notion / Dave Zirin

Beijing Opening: Show Goes On Without Spielberg Beijing Opening: Show Goes On Without Spielberg

  On this morning, the day after the spectacular, pyrotechnic launchof the Olympic games, lets take a second to recall who wasexcluded from the party. No not George W. Bush o...

Aug 9, 2008 / The Notion / Dave Zirin

In Defense of Team Darfur In Defense of Team Darfur

    I never thought I've live to see the day I'd agree with Mitt Romney on anything. But this time, the man with the Ken doll hair got it exactly right. Romneywas raisi...

Aug 8, 2008 / The Notion / Dave Zirin

China Won’t Turn the Other Cheek China Won’t Turn the Other Cheek

  Joey Cheek is someone who actually believes in the Olympic ideal, thequaint notion that sports could be used as a force for good, to raiseawareness, understanding and even ...

Aug 7, 2008 / The Notion / Dave Zirin

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