June 04, 2024

The One Downside of Gender Equality in Sports: The WNBA’s newfound popularity has triggered a boom in commentary from men who have no idea what they’re talking about.

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May 24, 2024

NCAA signs off on deal that would pay student-athletes: A tentative agreement announced Thursday by the NCAA and the country’s five biggest conferences to a series of antitrust lawsuits could direct millions of dollars directly to athletes as soon as fall 2025.

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NBA great Dwyane Wade launches Translatable: NBA great Dwyane Wade has launched Translatable, a nonprofit online community dedicated to supporting transgender youth.

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April 29, 2024

For five decades, Bob Cole was Canada's hockey soundtrack: What made him famous? It was his voice, sure, but also his cadence. Every Canadian of a certain age is assuredly friends with someone who was once supremely confident in their Bob Cole impression, either in the goal call (a high, pinched “scores!”) or in pacing, which … can go … a little something … like this. At his best, Cole worked in both science and art. His catchphrases were repeated in street hockey games across the country. (In 2015, with the help of a long-time producer at CBC, Cole launched an app filled with his own recitations.) “How about that?” “Hold onto your hats” “Oh, baby.” There were more, but none so famous as that last one.

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March 16, 2024

VP Aaron Rodgers?: Noted Sandy Hook truther and former NFL MVP now being considered as a running mate to Robert Kennedy, Jr. Former rassler Jesse Ventura, however, may piledrive his way onto the ticket instead.

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December 06, 2022

Mississippi revises demands on Favre in welfare lawsuit: The department dropped its demand of $1.1 million against Favre, acknowledging he has already repaid that money for an unfulfilled pledge of public speeches. But it made a new demand of up to $5 million against Favre and a university sports foundation, saying money from an anti-poverty program was improperly used to pay for a volleyball arena at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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October 09, 2022

Defendants Subpoena Phil Bryant For Info on Brett Favre-Linked Drug Company: “In late December of 2018, Defendant Brett Favre was the largest individual outside investor and holder of corporate stock in Defendant Prevacus, Inc., a private, for-profit biotechnology corporation in which Favre had individually invested over $250,000,” the May 2022 complaint said. “Also in late December of 2018, Defendant Brett Favre urged Defendant Jacob W. (“Jake”) VanLandingham, the Chief Executive Officer of Prevacus, to solicit Nancy New to use MDHS grant proceeds to invest in the stock of Prevacus, informing VanLandingham that Nancy New had previously provided substantial grant funds on his behalf.” This shit getting worse by the day it seems. This time, WWE legend, the Million Dollar Man, is also implicated. Now we know how he got his rassler name.

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October 01, 2022

Mississippi Welfare Scandal Timeline: Brett Favre And The Volleyball Stadium: Between 2016 and 2019, the Mississippi Department of Human Services and nonprofits associated with it allegedly misspent more than tens of millions of dollars in federal Temporary Assistance For Needy Families funds that should have gone to the poorest families in the poorest state. More than $5 million of those funds went toward a volleyball-stadium project at the University of Southern Mississippi favored by retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre and $1.1 million went to Favre himself.

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July 11, 2022

March 24, 2022

First known transgender athlete to win Division I national championship: Some folks are none too pleased with Lia Thomas being allowed to compete to begin with. Two Republican governors weigh in with their own opinion or action. Former competitive swimmer, Kelsie Vaughn gets the last word on her Facebook page (posted as a comment below)

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January 28, 2022

Ricky Williams is on a Different Plane: As in, the astral one.

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October 13, 2020

Reggie Cannon: "FC Dallas wanted apology for responding to fans": "Every post saying, Let's teach this boy Reggie Cannon a lesson about what true terror is.' All this BS. So, now they're taking added security measures."

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June 05, 2020

NFL says it was wrong in handling of protests over racial injustice, encourages players to do so peacefully: “We, the National Football League condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people,” Goodell said in a video released by the NFL. “We, the National Football League admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier, and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the National Football League believe black lives matter.”

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May 22, 2020

The same people who put Trump in office run the NFL. No wonder it's not diverse : "Only once in nearly two decades has a club been penalized for non-compliance: [with the Rooney Rule] when the Detroit Lions couldn’t keep it in their pants long enough to at least do the dance before hiring Steve Mariucci, earning them a $200,000 fine in 2003."

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November 13, 2019

He told a kid to slide. Then he got sued.: Losing might spell the end of organized youth sports...

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October 16, 2019

March 08, 2019

US women's national team take legal action over discrimination: After their 2016 complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission went exactly nowhere, all 28 members of the USWNT put their names down to ask for equal pay for equal work. Or better work, given their results relative to the USMNT.

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February 16, 2019

High Flying Bird shows athletes are more powerless and powerful than they know: Steven Soderbergh's latest looks straight into the NBA owner/player racial divide. Streaming on Netflix, shot on iPhones.

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May 24, 2018

Abby Wambach, Remarks as Delivered: Stunning commencement address to Barnard College.

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December 16, 2017

Why don't we care about the biggest sex abuse scandal in sports history?: “The case of Larry Nassar, certainly the largest [sports sexual abuse] scandal in scale, has generated a fraction of the mainstream media coverage that was devoted to the Sandusky and Baylor stories. Why that is is worthy of inspection.”

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November 19, 2017

What to Read when It's Time for Sports:: "Here is a list of books that tackle the complexities of sports in America, from nonfiction to poetry to fiction. ... And just a “heads up” (as they say in the sports world): this isn’t your average sports list."

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June 28, 2017

With words and a strong grip, an MLB umpire pulls a woman back from the brink in Pittsburgh : As a Major League Baseball umpire, John Tumpane often has to diffuse tense situations at the ballpark. None compared to the scene he came upon Wednesday as he walked across the Roberto Clemente Bridge around 3 p.m. on his way back from a run and lunch: A few hundred yards from PNC Park, he saw a woman climb over a railing and look toward the Allegheny River below.

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April 20, 2017

Former Bull Craig Hodges on Jordan, Kaepernick, and dissent:: "Jordan didn't speak out because he didn't know what to say". He was one of the NBA's finest sharpshooters and a two-time champion alongside Michael Jordan, but was run out of the league for his outspoken views. A quarter of a century on, Craig Hodges is still fighting the good fight.

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March 18, 2017

Heres Why the US Womens National Hockey Team Is Going on Strike: Team captain Meghan Duggan:  We are asking for a living wage and for USA Hockey to fully support its programs for women and girls and stop treating us like an afterthought. We have represented our country with dignity and deserve to be treated with fairness and respect. Hashtag: #BeBoldForChange CNN: Pay fight between USA Hockey and women's players intensifies

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September 20, 2016

Mud and Glory: "Of a wet and thunderous sodden Saturday they couldnt put on any lights fifty-two years ago, there werent any to put on. It grew much darker and blacker in vilest intensity with coagulated punch-ups going oddly unnoticed due to the annoying and most profound darkness that at least cost nothing. The dark has always been on the house I think youll find. Dark and mud sponsored the game of life back then before the new artificial grass authorities put the kybosh on free thinking."

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September 12, 2016

NCAA pulls championship events from North Carolina over HB2: Having warned the state of North Carolina at the Final Four that it risked losing NCAA events over House Bill 2, the NCAA showed Monday night just how serious it was. Bonus opinion piece by local sports writer, Luke DeCock.

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August 22, 2016

The Great Sports Myth: the widespread assumption that sport is, inherently, a force of gooddespite the fact that it can both empower and humiliate, build bonds and destroy them, blur boundaries and marginalize.

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June 02, 2016

The Ringer: Bill Simmons' spiritual successor to Grantland, is open for business.

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May 26, 2016

Baylor fires Art Briles over criminal coverups: Details are still a bit thin but apparently Coach Briles protected multiple players on his Baylor football team from sexual assault cases. Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr is now just Chancellor, athletic director Ian McCaw has been sanctioned and placed on probation but Briles' assistant coaches all remain in place, at least for now, including Kendall Briles. The details are nauseating so I'll leave them out of the post.

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May 11, 2016

Grosse Ile H.S. lacrosse team accused of killing animal before game: Members of the Grosse Ile High School lacrosse team are under investigation by police and the school district after allegations surfaced Monday that some of the teens killed an animal prior to a game.

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April 23, 2016

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's career was propelled by wrestling: which also allowed him to abuse, and get away with abusing, boys for many years. "When calls for his removal from office reverberated through the capital a decade ago, Speaker J. Dennis Hastert struggled to explain why he had not aggressively investigated allegations that a Florida lawmaker had sent flirtatious messages to a teenage boy who had served as a House page. At that perilous moment, an impassioned group of supporters stepped forward to speak up on Mr. Hastert’s behalf: wrestling coaches."

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December 14, 2015

It's Who We Are?: Its really not surprising that, on December 10, 2015, the school board of McLoud, Oklahoma voted to maintain their racist mascot. All of the usual arguments were made, in support of keeping the R word: Its an honor, tearful pleas of Weve been the R** for generations, and, my favorite, Its who we are. The latter is by far the most accurate and telling. Put simply, the events during the McLoud meeting was not only a by-product of American history, but an indictment of it.

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November 09, 2015

Athletics doping: Wada commission wants Russia ban: The report says London 2012 was "sabotaged" by "widespread inaction" against athletes with suspicious doping profiles. Russia was also accused of running a "state-supported" doping program.

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November 05, 2015

"Shuttering of Grantland Hints at Corroding ESPN Culture, Competency, and Gumption": Awful Announcing's finance director on why he thinks ESPN's cancelling of Grantland is, "the networks dumbest decision in the five years I have professionally been involved in tracking the company". Linked from there,'s former ombudsman on the situation.

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October 30, 2015

Grantland is dead: "Grantland distinguished itself with quality writing, smart ideas, original thinking and fun. So we're junking it."

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September 23, 2015

Craig Finn's guide to the best ever sports music: Hate to have to break it to him about Ragnar.

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September 10, 2015

James Blake reportedly thrown to the ground, cuffed and detained by several NYPD officers.: Blake, retired for the past two years, is in NYC to appear at US Open related events. NYPD officers say they mistook him for a suspect in a fraudulent credit card operation. James, who has cuts and bruises as a result of the event stated "To me its as simple as unnecessary police force, no matter what my race is. In my mind theres probably a race factor involved, but no matter what, theres no reason for anybody to do that to anybody. I was just standing there. I wasnt running. Its blatantly unnecessary. You would think at some point they would get the memo that this isnt O.K., but it seems that theres no stopping it.

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May 07, 2015

The Cleveland Cavaliers catch heat for in-game promotional video.: The video features a couple re-enacting the final performance scene from Dirty Dancing; however after the male catches his girlfriend he proceeds to slam her into the ground when it's revealed she's wearing a Bulls t-shirt.

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Yes, But Is It A Sport?: A landmark court case in Britain to judge whether Bridge is a sport or not. Significant lottery funding is at stake.

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April 15, 2015

Aaron Hernandez convicted of 1st-degree murder: Unsurprising but still a tragic disappointment. Maybe they can room Hernandez and Phillips together...

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