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While millions of Americans face months of utter misery and health crises without electric power or reliable supplies of fresh water, President Trump focuses his (and the media’s) attention on what’s really important: African-American professional athletes who kneel in protest during the National Anthem. Speaking Friday at a rally for a candidate for US Senate […]

Remembering Muhammad Ali

“I am the greatest. I am the king of the world.” “Float like a butterfly. Sting like a bee.” “Rope-a-dope.” (The strategy of leaning back in the ropes and letting your opponent wear himself out before going in for the knockout.) “The Ali Shuffle will make you hustle.” (My brother used to say this a […]

Mr Personality

For Index on Censorship, Padraig Reidy argues the following: “Insisting the heavyweight be silenced accomplishes nothing. It’s unfair to force a sportsperson into the position of role model and punishing Tyson Fury for his views won’t improve boxing or the lives of LGBT people.” Padraig is right that there is no need to silence him. […]

Baseball caps and gangster rappers

After the photo appeared of Mohammed Emwazi (aka “Jihadi John”) wearing a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball cap, the team felt compelled to issue a statement calling it “sickening.” Which surely it is, especially to to the team’s players and fans. But I’m wondering about this caption in The Daily Mail: Is everyone in the UK who […]

Whose side are you on, you fools?

Cross-posted from Potkin Azarmehr at For a democratic secular Iran 13th September, 2014. The Iranian national volleyball team is playing in Poland. Amongst the crowds, there is one female Iranian fan, who has not succumbed to the suppression of her national symbols by the Islamic Republic occupiers of Iran. Darya Safaei, as in all the […]

Why I’m rooting for the New England Patriots

Guest post by Andrew Murphy Several years ago, when the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl, Gene posted about how the Packers were the only “socialist” National Football League team. They are owned by the fans of the team, not by a wealthy businessman. Usually the only “socialism” in professional sports occurs when taxpayers […]

Speed Sisters

Guest post JS Rafaeli Speed Sisters is a film telling the story of the Middle East’s first all-female motor racing team. Through sheer grit and skill, these five Palestinian women have excelled in a male-dominated sport, in the midst of a male-dominated society and a fraught political backdrop. Despite restrictions on movement, the Palestinian Motor […]

This is nice

Michael Sam and his boyfriend react to the news that Sam is the first openly-gay player to be drafted by a National Football League team. Update: Is anyone shocked to learn that it is possible to be both a Muslim-hater and a homophobe?

The suspiciously socialist Newt Gingrich

Following the uproar over racist comments by Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, the often bizarre and sometimes surprising Newt Gingrich, Republican former speaker of the House of Representatives, advocates public ownership of professional sports teams. The right answer to the Clippers ownership challenge is to sell it to the people […]

Sochi

Are any of our readers going to Sochi, Russia, for the Winter Olympics? Do any of our readers know anyone who is going to Sochi, Russia, for the Winter Olympics? Can any of our readers imagine knowing anyone who is going to Sochi, Russia, for the Winter Olympics? Aside from the security and corruption angles, […]