Monthly Archives: August 2012

The triumph of American anti-doping zealotry

TweetIsn’t anyone in the establishment sports media the least bit uncomfortable that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that has brought Lance Armstrong to his knees gets a good bit of its funding through a grant from the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy?
Taxpayer money this is, yours and mine.
The agency that brought us the futile, [...]

American female exceptionalism at the Olympics

TweetKeeping tabs on which country is “winning” the Olympics — and we know which country this is — is one of the most jingoistic activities of an already jingoistic event, at least what is presented to American viewers.
Much has been made about the success of U.S. women athletes at the London Olympics, and there is [...]

What they wrote about USA-Canada

TweetSince I can’t come up with anything terribly profound to say after Monday’s women’s Olympic soccer epic between the U.S. and Canada, I’ll link here this morning to those who were there and had the daunting duty of putting together words to describe it.
After last year’s comeback victory by the Americans over Brazil in the [...]

A different kind of sexist male sportswriting

TweetThe reaction to Jeré Longman’s story on American Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones in The New York Times Sunday was as swift and harsh as his piece that slammed her for waging “a sad and cynical marketing campaign” around her sex appeal, in lieu of what he claims are any significant athletic accomplishments:
“Women have struggled for decades [...]