Tag Archives: olympics

Midweek books: Rich boys, poor boys and their boats

TweetOn Wednesday I highlight noteworthy new sports books, with links to reviews, interviews and other information about the subject and/or author.
When the first words one reads about a new book are that it’s “the kind of nonfiction book that reads like a novel,” I hold my breath and prepare my skeptic’s brain.
It’s an easy copy-and-paste [...]

Best sports reads and links, Sept. 15

TweetRounding up some of the most intriguing reads I’ve come across this week, posted on Sports Biblio, my experimental Tumblr companion to this site, or that I have Tweeted and collected elsewhere:

Pigskin Progessivism — George Will’s war on football, American-style, now seems to blame the political movement popularized by (an unnamed) Teddy Roosevelt for the [...]

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 [...]

The missing eye of the Olympics

TweetThe Olympics have just started, and I can’t wait for them to end.
That’s what I have thought over the years watching the Opening Ceremonies and first few days of the Games.
But not for the reason you may imagine.
I’ve always wanted the Olympics to hurry up and get over so Bud Greenspan could complete his amazing [...]

Symbolism and female Saudi athletes

TweetInternational pressure on Saudi Arabia to send women athletes to the London Olympics has paid off. But some working to improve the plight of females in sports and life in that country are skeptical it has more than symbolic value. Says Saudi sports website editor Ahmed al-Marzooqi:
“We are still disappointed here. I should be happy [...]

Hope Solo and the selling of women’s sports

TweetHope Solo is once again in the news for some of the wrong reasons –¬†being warned for a positive test for a substance she takes for pre-menstrual purposes and discussing athletes’ debauchery at the 2008 Olympics.
The U.S. women’s national soccer team goalkeeper is either a breath of fresh air or hot air, depending on your [...]

Skirting the issue on boxing attire

TweetThe Amateur International Boxing Association is now saying skirts are optional for competitors in the first women’s Olympic boxing tournament in London.
Another first-world crisis has been averted.
This optional position is probably the best, given the mixed opinions from the boxers. Some were incensed about what might have become compulsory; others were not.
In free Western societies [...]

Bud Greenspan, equal opportunity Olympic documentarian

TweetThe Christmas Day death of Bud Greenspan, the official documentarian of the Olympics since 1984, is generating the typical fond remembrance pieces from the likes of Alan Abrahamson and Richard Sandomir, among others.
What I found most striking about some of Greenspan’s “official” work is how he didn’t make distinctions between male and female athletes in [...]

Reading list: The importance of the Rome Olympics

TweetNot long after I scarfed up a copy of David Maraniss’ “Rome 1960,” sports business and politics writer Henry Fetter recalls just how low¬†certain sports rated in the American athletic imagination, and how these deficiencies dovetailed perfectly into a certain candidate’s Cold War electoral message:
“By the time the Rome games ended, American fortunes in men’s [...]