Monthly Archives: December 2011

Best of 2011: The sports moment of the year

TweetThis is no attempt at objectivity. I know that others will point to the ugliness — in particular the Penn State tragedy — as the biggest sports story of 2011, at least in the United States. In Canada, it well may be the deaths of professional hockey players and a long concussion-related layoff to Sidney […]

Best of 2011: Issues in women’s sports

TweetThis week I’m bringing back some of my favorite posts from the year, and especially those that generated some good conversation. Issue pieces in sports always seem to do the trick, and these were no different. In June I posted a 10-part series I called “Women’s Sports Without Illusions,” a critical examination of the movement […]

Best of 2011: Sportswriters for the ages

TweetThis week I’m reposting some of my favorite posts from this year, and one of the subjects I’ve been focusing on is the dizzying, ever-changing world of sports media. The trick is not to do too much navel-gazing, one of the hazards of the profession. Sports media is the subject of amazingly constant attention, and […]

Best of 2011: Not just for little girls any more

TweetThis week I’m reposting some of my entries from this year that not only are my favorites but that I thought really resonated as well. The U.S. women’ s soccer team captivated the nation for a few days last summer with its run to the Women’s World Cup finals. But unlike the 1999 team, this […]

Best of 2011: Pushing the Title IX hot button

TweetThis week I’m linking to some of my favorite blog posts from this year, and especially ones that drew some vigorous, and even heated, discussion. As you’ll see, most of them pertain to women’s sports but there are some other subjects I’ll revisit here. The first installment is my post from April 27 entitled “The […]

Among the rest of us doing Festivus

TweetI lost my Christian faith a long time ago, and detest the holiday shopping frenzy that turns many decent, intelligent Americans into Pavlovian dogs. But I try not to take all this too seriously as the day that secular humanists like me dread the most. I’m not an “avid atheist,” just a doubter trying to […]

But a handshake will make it go away

TweetAn eight-game suspension and $63,000 fine handed Liverpool star Luis Suarez for the¬†racial abuse of another player this week had barely set in when similar allegations — criminal charges, in fact — were leveled against Chelsea’s John Terry, who also happens to be the captain of the England national team. Suarez is being

I think it was something I ate

TweetRoss Tucker at The Science of Sport blog says there have been many villains in the world of sports science this year, but the¬†ongoing, dragged-out doping case of 2010 Tour de France champion Alberto Contador is the clear and easy winner, and virtually everyone involved is to blame: “As for what happens next, I’d bet […]

When hot stoves boil over

TweetJeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports was first with the news on Monday night that the Texas Rangers won the rights to negotiate with Japanese pitching sensation Yu Darvish. The defending American League champions bid a record $51.7 million and have 30 days to sign Darvish. If they don’t Darvish stays with the Nippon Ham Fighters […]

Messi: Too marvelous for words

TweetAs great as Lionel Messi’s two goals were in Barcelona’s 4-0 thrashing of Santos in the FIFA World Club Cup on Sunday, it was how he set up a third goal, shown on this highlight video, that embodies his brilliance. He’s only 24, and a multiple winner of the world player of the year award. […]