Culture

May 24, 2018

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

posted by billsaysthis to culture at 12:32 PM - 3 comments

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.”

posted by rumple to culture at 03:19 PM - 7 comments

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."

posted by rumple to culture at 03:55 PM - 2 comments

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.

posted by rumple to culture at 10:27 AM - 7 comments

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

posted by NoMich to culture at 11:41 PM - 7 comments

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."

posted by owlhouse to culture at 04:38 AM - 3 comments

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.

posted by billsaysthis to culture at 01:39 PM - 2 comments

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.

posted by rumple to culture at 04:10 PM - 4 comments

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.

posted by billsaysthis to culture at 04:30 PM - 1 comment

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, ESPN.com's former ombudsman on the situation.

posted by yerfatma to culture at 03:34 PM - 6 comments

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.

posted by Ufez Jones to culture at 12:27 AM - 9 comments

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.

posted by Ufez Jones to culture at 01:40 PM - 4 comments

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.

posted by owlhouse to culture at 05:11 AM - 4 comments

April 15, 2015

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

posted by billsaysthis to culture at 10:59 AM - 2 comments

March 19, 2015

Can popularity ruin a sport?: Rafa Honigstein on how success has changed the Budesliga.

"That rise to all-conquering prominence has attracted the countrys brightest minds and developed into a highly professional, productive industry. But footballs heightened social relevance is also reflected in the sort of insufferably grim, po-faced seriousness that used to be confined to political struggles or actual tribal conflicts.

posted by yerfatma to culture at 09:06 AM - 12 comments

February 04, 2015

People Who Like Sport Remember Their Lives Better Than People Who Don't.: A long rambling look through 2005. Life, death, divorce. And cricket.

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December 17, 2014

Served up on a platter for SportsFilter: the question of which is the superior sport, cricket or baseball?

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December 04, 2014

Requiem for Phillip Hughes: "So rest in peace my little brother. I'll see you out in the middle."

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December 02, 2014

MLB umpire Dale Scott comes out as gay in quietest way possible.: (Scott) has worked three World Series, three All-Star Games, two no-hitters and numerous playoff games. He is gay and married to his partner of 28 years. That last fact is just part of who Dale Scott is and has had no impact on his abilities as an umpire for the past 29 seasons. Yet it is understandably the one that most people will notice, because Scott is the first Major League Baseball umpire to publicly say he is gay while active (and the first out active male official in the NBA, NHL, NFL or MLB).

posted by Ufez Jones to culture at 03:46 PM - 5 comments

November 28, 2014

ESPN Gets Ready to Launch Its First Web Video Subscription Service For Crickets World Cup: ESPN's efforts to sell streaming video subscriptions for some sports programming without requiring viewers to pay for cable TV could start early next year.
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People familiar with ESPN's plans say that Russell Wolff, who heads up the company's international group, is spearheading the plan to sell online access in the U.S. Earlier this year, Wolff pegged cricket's U.S. fan base at 30 million.


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November 21, 2014

The Rise and Fall of The Great Kamala: how James Harris from Mississippi became a Ugandan giant.

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November 19, 2014

Lisa Saxon, the woman who helped change sports writing forever.: A profile well worth a read from Vice Sports.

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November 07, 2014

The End of Daisy Buchanan's: a Boston institution "where anything can happen".

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October 02, 2014

Another NCAA member covers itself in glory: in women's basketball. While Kansas State finally relented in the case of Leticia Romero, the University of Alabama is not being so kind to a player who

  • already graduated
  • wants to get an MBA but did not get into Alabama's business school
  • has a brother with end-stage renal disease and requires kidney dialysis several times per week
All while benefiting from the same situation with a grad student from FSU who's competing for the starting QB job.

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July 29, 2014

The NBPA Makes History With The Hiring Of A Female Executive Director: Receiving 32 of 36 possible votes, Michele Roberts takes over the position left vacant after Billy Hunter was fired amid accusations of shady business practices. Roberts becomes the first woman elected to lead a union representing male professional athletes.

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April 25, 2014

RIP Earl: and Tito.

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April 21, 2014

"That makes two of us, doesnt it Steve?": Mike Vaccaro on New York sports teams, Steve Philllips and Lupica.

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April 15, 2014

"The unofficial king of sports paperbacks", Zander Hollander,: died at 91.

Before televised sports were pervasive and the Internet a nonstop gusher of sports trivia, Mr. Hollander found a niche in the market by annually providing statistics, team rosters, records, schedules and predictions for the coming season in the form of brick-size tomes he titled "Complete Handbooks."

posted by yerfatma to culture at 09:48 AM - 1 comment

March 02, 2014

In Fake Classes Scandal, UNC Fails Its Athletesand Whistle-Blower: Beginning in the 1990s and continuing at least through 2011, UNCs Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies offered more than 200 lecture courses that never met. The department also sponsored hundreds of independent study classes of equally dubious value. Internal reviews have identified forged faculty signatures and more than 500 grades changed without authorization. The students affected were disproportionately football and basketball players. Behind the cover of this week's edition.

posted by NoMich to culture at 09:46 AM - 14 comments

October 16, 2013

The most valuable "brands" in sports:
A Forbes click-through-the-pictures list of the 40 most valuable brands in sports. It's divided into 4 categories (top 10 in each): businesses, teams, events, and athletes.

posted by grum@work to culture at 08:48 AM - 4 comments

September 24, 2013

How the NFL Fleeces Taxpayers: Easterbrook lights into the NFL and politicians.

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July 17, 2013

R&A will look at gender issue after British Open: TL;DR: Ain't no big thang, chums.

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