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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Monday, June 14, 2010
Glenn Beck's Blues: Why the Far Right Hates Soccer
Every World Cup, it arrives like clockwork. As sure as the ultimate soccer spectacle brings guaranteed adrenaline and agony to fans across the United States, it also drives the right-wing noise machine utterly insane.
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Pressure Builds on Bud Selig to Move 2011 All-Star Game
A steady thrum is increasing in volume outside Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig's door to move the 2011 All Star Game out of Phoenix. Recent laws passed in Arizona-from banning ethnic studies in the Tucson public schools to mandating that the police demand the papers of "suspicious" immigrants-have mobilized people to take the Boycott Arizona campaign to Selig's door.
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Thursday, May 06, 2010
'Los Suns' Set Against Arizona's Immigration Law
A battle has been joined for the very soul of Arizona . On one side, there are the Minutemen, the craven state Republican lawmakers, Governor Jan Brewer, and the utterly unprincipled John McCain , all supporting SB 1070, a law that codifies racial profiling of immigrants in the state.
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Friday, March 05, 2010
How Sports Attacks Public Education
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." - Frederick Douglass
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Thursday, January 28, 2010
Howard Zinn: The Historian Who Made History
Howard Zinn, my hero, teacher, and friend died of a heart attack on Wednesday at the age of 87. With his death, we lose a man who did nothing less than rewrite the narrative of the United States. We lose a historian who also made history.
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009
More than a Sportswriter: Lester 'Red' Rodney: 1911-2009
It didn’t make SportsCenter, but one of history’s most influential sportswriters died this week at the age of 98. His name was Lester Rodney. Lester was one of the first people to write about a young Negro League prospect named Jackie Robinson. He was the last living journalist to cover the famous 1938 fight at Yankee Stadium between “The Brown Bomber” Joe Louis and Hitler favorite, Max Schmeling. He crusaded against baseball’s color line when almost every other journalist pretended it didn’t exist.
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Wednesday, December 09, 2009
The People Speak: When Television Makes History
On December 13th, a date I’ve basically had tattooed on my arm like the guy from Memento, The People Speak finally makes its debut on the History Channel. This is more than just must-see-TV. It is nothing less than the life's work of “people’s historian” Howard Zinn brought to life by some of the most talented actors, musicians, and poets in the country.
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Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Obama's Olympic Error
President Barack Obama is now en route to Copenhagen in an effort to sell Chicago as the site of the 2016 Summer Olympics. In the process, he may be selling Chicago down the river. Obama is joined arm-in-arm with his wife Michelle on one side and Mayor Richard Daley's Chicago political machine on the other. Michelle Obama says, "My father was disabled, and I think what it would have meant for him to see someone in his shoes compete.
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Thursday, September 03, 2009
Michael Steele: Meet Amanda Duzak
Tuesday night at Howard University, RNC chair Michael Steele did an impression of the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz: he was absolutely heartless. Not everyday do we see the head of a major political party insult a 23 year old whose mother just died of cancer. But first let's set the scene:
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Tuesday, August 04, 2009
The Paulsons' Edifice Complex
For Henry Paulson and his son Merritt, the taxpayers of Portland, Oregon, must look like geese with an infinite supply of golden eggs. The Paulsons own the Portland Timbers, a second-division soccer club that was recently allocated a much-coveted slot as an expansion team in Major League Soccer (MLS). Merritt, the 36-year-old son of the former treasury secretary, owns 80 percent of the team, while his father owns the other 20 percent .
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