Archive for the ‘dave zirin’ Category

TIGER’S FALL FROM GRACE

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

So here is Tiger Woods in 2010: no tour, a busted marriage, and alone with nothing but his sweatshops to keep him warm. By sports commentator Dave Zirin. Tiger Woods's self-imposed exile from golf is the most stunning - and stunningly rapid - fall from grace in the history of sports. ...

MESSAGE TO OBAMA: YOU CAN’T HAVE MUHAMMAD ALI

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

President Barack Obama praises war resister Muhammad Ali and then two weeks later, he okays 30,000 more troops into Afghanistan. As sports commentator Dave Zirin says, it's time to stop warmongers from using Ali's image to sell a war that will create more orphans than peace. On November 19, President Barack ...

CASTER SEMENYA AND THE IDIOCY OF SEX TESTING

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

'Male' or 'not entirely female' - it's time we all break free from the notion that you are either "one or the other." Sex testing is antiquated, stigmatizing and says far more about those doing the testing than about the athletes tested. By Dave Zirin and Sherry Wolf. World-class South African ...

BOXING’S MONTH FROM HELL

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

In July eight prominent boxers died. In any other sports, that would have been a great scandal. As former light heavyweight champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad said, "Every professional sport has a union. They have a pension, they have a medical plan, they have a chance at a life. In boxing, ...

SEXISM ON CENTRE COURT

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

When it comes to court assignments, easy-on-the-eye unknowns have appeared in Wimbledon's prime arena while the top women's seeds have been relegated to lesser courts. As sportswriter Dave Zirin notes, it's tiring but once again, women athletes are  seen as objects first and athletes second. On July 4, 2009, at Wimbledon's ...

TILLMAN FAMILY IS McCHRYSTAL-CLEAR

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Ranger Pat Tillman died under 'friendly fire' in Iraq. Five years later questions still linger about how Tillman died and why it was covered up. Now, Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the man who greased the chain of command that orchestrated this great deception is prepared to assume total control of ...

‘LIKE WE WERE DOGS’: THE STORY OF RYAN MOATS

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

The DWB (driving while black) syndrome strikes again as NFL player Ryan Moats gets a gun pulled on him when police stop him for beating a traffic light as he's rushing to see a dying relative. Sportswriter Dave Zirin explains. The first time Ryan Moats touched a football in an NFL ...

ALL HAIL THE RECESSION BOWL

Friday, February 6th, 2009

This year, in the face of hard times, it is American football, and not crass commercialism, that had to take center stage in the Superbowl Final. As sportswriter Dave Zirin says, "football rose to the challenge. Maybe the country can, too." In the most jaw-dropping, gut-twisting, Super Bowl ever played, the ...

SUBTERRANEAN ROT

Friday, September 5th, 2008

The mainstream media made a choice the moment they stepped on China's soil for the Olympics. They chose not to ask and re-ask the question of why the games were in Beijing in the first place, in spite of promises that the Olympics would come alongside significant improvements in human ...

WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS: THE BIG MAC OF THE BEIJING GAMES

Sunday, August 17th, 2008

When it comes to women's gymnastics at the Olympics, there is the remarkable, CGI-like athleticism by all the young women involved. On the other hand, there is the knowledge that the competitors have had their bodies and health manipulated and warped so they can execute on the springboard. Dave Zirin ...