Monthly Archives: September 2014

Why sports isn’t about ‘respecting’ you

TweetLast week I wrote for The Cauldron, a new sports vertical on the Medium platform, about Hope Solo, gender and domestic violence and the excuse-making that has surrounded the discussion of a female athlete being charged with physical aggression. Here’s what I wrote about the counterreaction that is as disappointing as it was predictable: “The […]

A sports site for ‘nerdy jocks and jockish nerds’

TweetGlad to see The Allrounder, a new site devoted to examining deeper issues in sports, finally go live last week. The creator is Bruce Berglund, the host of the excellent New Books in Sports podcast and a history professor at Calvin College in Michigan. The contributors are mostly academics, journalists and authors from the United […]

Sports Gods and antiheroes we think we know

Tweet“Try as we will to weigh him down with meaning, the athlete remains one step ahead of us.” — Stephen Amidon, “Something Like the Gods” * * * * * * * * Has the contemporary sports star finally been caught in the grasp of social media mobs who scrutinize, judge and presume guilty with […]

If the news from the gridiron has you down

TweetThe Ray Rice story and the continuing angst by many Americans about the National Football League and the game of football is snowballing into a truly disturbing heap, and this probably will not stop anytime soon. It’s too soon to know if these events reflect some kind of tipping point in our reverence for football […]

It’s hard to call it labor when it doesn’t feel like work

TweetLabor Day in the United States is being observed today, and I thought I’d use the occasion to select some blog posts that I truly enjoyed putting together. What I discovered wasn’t surprising: The posts that were the most fun to write and ponder were those that best exemplified the intersection of sports and creativity […]