Author Archives: Wendy Parker

Sports History Files: Final resting places and lost confessions

TweetIt’s been 60 years since Jim Thorpe died, and was laid to rest, in the small eastern Pennsylvania town that now bears his name.
But surviving family members are continuing a long-sought effort to relocate his remains to Sac and Fox burial grounds in Oklahoma.
For The Guardian, Thom Loverro detailed the controversy over the weekend, timed [...]

Sports History Files: Remembering an American soccer pioneer

Tweet“The rules of soccer are very simple, basically it is this: if it moves, kick it. If it doesn’t move, kick it until it does.” — Phil Woosnam

Like a lot of Americans raised on baseball, basketball and gridiron football, I didn’t really come around to soccer until the 1994 World Cup. As a thirtysomething, I [...]

Why there is no Title IX for sports media

TweetI don’t want to rain on a parade. I really don’t, even though the local forecast does call for showers as my hometown’s annual Independence Day parade is scheduled to take place on Thursday.
The parade I’m referring to begins tonight, with the first of ESPN’s new women’s sports film series “Nine for IX,” and continues [...]

Champagne on hold amid growing Brazilian protests

TweetTo illustrate how tone-deaf FIFA has truly become in the wake of general mass protests in Brazil, consider this:
The unveiling of a special label by Taittinger, the official bubbly provider of next summer’s World Cup, and of the just-completed Confederations Cup, took place as scheduled late last week.
While The Guardian noted that “it is not [...]

Sportswriters and numbers: An oil-and-vinegar reprise

TweetI concluded yesterday’s post with an observation that old media and new media seem hopelessly divided on the subject of steroids in sports.
The same could be said, to some degree, about the subject of analytics, especially in baseball. While a number of high-profile sports journalists (Joe Posnanski, Bill Simmons) immediately come to mind as those [...]

Catching steroids ‘cheaters’ — by any means necessary

TweetAt the risk of sounding like a condescending scold — in other words, becoming like those I like to scold — I offer up a post from January written on the heels of media excuse-making about Baseball Hall of Fame voting (and in one case, the willful abstinence from casting a ballot).
The reason was the [...]

Weekend arts: An ode to a baseball poem — or two

TweetGiven a previous rant here about baseball poets — most notably those who come out of hibernation in the spring — I may not be temperamentally suited to write about the most recent commemorations of “Casey at the Bat,” which turned 125 years old this week.
(Is a centenary and a quarter even a noteworthy milestone? [...]

Sports history files: Remembering Deacon Jones

TweetThe iconic figure of the Los Angeles Rams’ magnificent Fearsome Foursome may come to symbolize more than a truly roughneck era of the contemporary National Football League.
It wasn’t long after the death of Deacon Jones this week at the age of 74 that at least one of his peers wondered aloud if the violent game [...]

Midweek books: American Pastimes and the pastime

TweetOn Wednesday I highlight a few noteworthy new sports books, with links to reviews, interviews and other information about the subject and/or author.
All this week at The Stacks, Deadspin’s new classic sportswriting blog, Alex Belth is featuring the work of Red Smith in honor of the recent release of “American Pastimes: [...]

A slow news relic passes: Pro Football Weekly, RIP

TweetWhen you click onto the Pro Football Weekly website nothing seems amiss. Scouting reports, analysis of draft picks and off-season personnel moves dominate the home page, as you might expect for the late spring/early summer months.
But if you glance to the “top stories” index at the top right of the page and click onto the [...]