Dave Zirin

Dave Zirin

Dave Zirin is the sports editor at The Nation, and author of Welcome to the Terrordome: the Pain Politics and Promise of Sports (Haymarket) and A People's History of Sports in the United States (The New Press). His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, SportsIllustrated.com, New York Newsday, and The Progressive. He is the host of XM Radio's Edge of Sports Radio. Contact him at edgeofsports@gmail.com.

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Friday, January 24, 2014
Sochi Games Are Apt Venue for Athlete Activism
The United States has a long, inglorious tradition of attacking political athletes who push for progressive social change in their prime, only to praise them decades later. Recently U.S.
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Saturday, January 04, 2014
Is it Getting Better? Chris Kluwe, Aaron Rodgers and LGBT Rights in Sports
In terms of football stature, it is difficult to imagine two more different players than former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and Green Bay Packers All-World quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
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Sunday, August 25, 2013
'New Jim Crow' Placards Seized by Police & More From the March on Washington
I spent eight hours today amongst thousands at the March on Washington, and the people present were some of the most remarkable, resilient people I have ever had the privilege to be around.
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Monday, June 24, 2013
Brazil: Yes, Blame the Damn World Cup
Sepp Blatter, the all-powerful don of FIFA; Dilma Rousseff, the president of Brazil; and Pelé, the legendary soccer star; are three extremely different people.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Mass World Cup Protests Rock Brazil
I traveled to Brazil last September to investigate the preparations for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. It was painfully evident that the social disruption of hosting two mega-events in rapid succession would be profound.
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Rahm Emanuel’s Zombie Pigs vs. Chicago’s Angry Birds
My kids are into Angry Birds, a game they love for the same reason I once obsessively played Super Mario Brothers: its appeal is incomprehensible to the adults around them.
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Jason Collins: The Substance of Change
Hearing the news made me feel like I’d accidentally walked into a wind tunnel. For as long as I had written about this issue and as many times as I had said in recent years that “this will happen in a matter of months if not weeks,” it still hit me like a triple-shot of espresso cut with a teaspoon of Adderall.
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Sunday, April 21, 2013
Why We Must Protect Next Year’s Boston Marathon from Ourselves
If emerging victorious after being down 3-0 to the Yankees in the 2004 playoffs should have taught us anything, it’s that the people of Boston are tough as hell and never lose faith. After Monday’s bombing of the Boston Marathon and the following days under lockdown, we are already seeing that resilience emerge.
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The Boston Marathon: All My Tears, All My Love
“If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.” – Kathrine Switzer
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Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Why Would Anyone Celebrate the Death of Margaret Thatcher? Ask a Chilean
Never have I witnessed a gap between the mainstream media and the public, quite like the last 24 hours since the death of Margaret Thatcher. While both the press and President Obama were uttering tearful remembrances, thousands took to the streets of the UK and beyond to celebrate.
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