1. Krzyzewski and Summitt: SI Misses the Boat by Saluting Coach K

    In a decision that speaks to the worst impulses of a proud magazine, Sports Illustrated has chosen the two active legends of College Basketball coaching, Mike Krzyzewski and Pat Summitt, as their Sportspersons of the Year...

    Dave Zirin Written by Dave Zirin about almost 3 years ago 1,301 reads 12 comments

  2. Donovan McNabb, Eagles Give Vick Second Chance—Will Philly Fans?

    When a high school football star named Michael Vick visited Syracuse University, he was hosted by the big man on campus, quarterback Donovan McNabb...

    Dave Zirin Written by Dave Zirin about 5 years ago 365 reads 0 comments

  3. Life Imitates Sports: Kobe/Cheney Vs. Melo/Obama

    Competition becomes riveting when opponents complement each other’s strengths and flaws. Two imperfect adversaries can match up and forge something memorable. Ali vs. Frazier...

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  4. Not So Easy: The Super Bowl Returns to New Orleans

    Only in New Orleans could this be classified as "a return to normalcy." The Crescent City, torn asunder by Hurricane Katrina, stamped by federal neglect and Louisiana Governor Bobby ...

    Dave Zirin Written by Dave Zirin about over 5 years ago 58 reads 1 comments

  5. Home Runs and Hypocrisy: The Shaming of Manny Ramirez

    You would think that Manny Ramirez was caught fighting pit bulls alongside Martha Stewart. ESPN's Bill Simmons says that he is "confronting my worst nightmare." Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports believes that it is time to talk about "lifetime bans...

    Dave Zirin Written by Dave Zirin about over 5 years ago 223 reads 4 comments

  6. The Kentucky Derby: Seabiscuit Meets Syriana

    Some folks think the Kentucky Derby is one of the sports world's signature events, where horses are athletes to be appreciated for their power and beauty...

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  7. A Pinstriped Patriot Act

    One fine day last August, Bradley Campeau-Laurion just wanted to leave his seat and use the bathroom at the old Yankee Stadium...

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  8. Geno and Gender: Huskies and the Perils of Perfection

    Let's talk about the power of perfection. The University of Connecticut Huskies just won the NCAA women's basketball title, capping a season where they went 39-0. No men's team has finished a season undefeated since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers...

    Dave Zirin Written by Dave Zirin about over 5 years ago 655 reads 5 comments

  9. The Meaning of Michigan State's Tournament Run

    Monday night, in front of nearly 73 thousand at Detroit's Ford Field, the North Carolina Tar Heels fulfilled almost every preseason prognosis and became the NCAA men's basketball champs...

    Dave Zirin Written by Dave Zirin about over 5 years ago 302 reads 6 comments

  10. “Like We Were Dogs”: The Story of Ryan Moats

    The first time Ryan Moats touched a football in an NFL game he ran it 40-yards for a touchdown. That was part of an 11-carry 114-yard debut for the Philadelphia Eagles rookie. This would seem to be a charmed life...

    Dave Zirin Written by Dave Zirin about over 5 years ago 73 reads 1 comments

  11. "Branded": Myles Brand and the Madness of March

    There is nothing like March Madness. In your typical American workplace, no event unites sports fans with non-sports fans quite like it...

    Dave Zirin Written by Dave Zirin about over 5 years ago 84 reads 3 comments

  12. Charles Barkley and the Fight for Immigrant Rights

    If you tuned into CNN last weekend, you may have seen a press conference with NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley and a plump, hatchet-faced lawman who calls himself "the toughest sheriff in America," Joe Arpaio...

    Dave Zirin Written by Dave Zirin about over 5 years ago 97 reads 1 comments

  13. Barry Bonds in Context

    As he has done with countless pitchers over the last quarter-century, Barry Bonds made the Justice Department sweat, cower and blink...

    Dave Zirin Written by Dave Zirin about over 5 years ago 57 reads 0 comments

  14. The United States v. Barry Bonds

    This is a story about garbage. There's the actual garbage overzealous federal investigators examined in their efforts to prosecute a surly sports celebrity...

    Dave Zirin Written by Dave Zirin about over 5 years ago 92 reads 3 comments

  15. Barack Obama's Unfortunate Hoop Dreams

    "I think we are putting together the best basketball-playing Cabinet in American history." So said Barack Obama upon naming Arne Duncan his nominee for Secretary of Education. There is no doubt that when it comes to hoops, Duncan has game...

    Dave Zirin Written by Dave Zirin about over 5 years ago 63 reads 0 comments

  16. A-Rod and More Anabolic Agonistes

    However, the list of frauds and history defamers extends far beyond the Yankee third baseman. Before we gather the torches and pitchforks, let us round up some of the real villains...

    Dave Zirin Written by Dave Zirin about over 5 years ago 31 reads 0 comments

  17. All Hail the Recession Bowl

    In the most jaw-dropping, gut-twisting Super Bowl ever played, the Pittsburgh Steelers escaped by the skin of their gold and black unis, winning 27-23 over the Arizona Cardinals with two lead changes in the last 2 minutes and 30 seconds...

    Dave Zirin Written by Dave Zirin about over 5 years ago 109 reads 1 comments

  18. When Tiger Woods Came to Washington

    Among the many quirky, independent movie stars and suave entertainment icons appearing at the pre-inaugural Lincoln Memorial concert for Barack Obama, Tiger Woods stood out like George Will in the West Village...

    Dave Zirin Written by Dave Zirin about over 5 years ago 131 reads 2 comments

  19. Politics on the Pitch: When Gaza and Sports Collide

    In January 2008, Egyptian soccer star Mohamed Aboutreika followed a goal by raising his shirt to reveal the slogan "Sympathise with Gaza...

    Dave Zirin Written by Dave Zirin about over 5 years ago 99 reads 7 comments

  20. Alonzo Mourning: The Edge of Sports Interview

    Retired NBA All Star Alonzo Mourning was renowned for the ferocious glare he wore on the court. He is one of the few players—Kevin Garnett is another—who has been chided for perhaps being too intense...

    Dave Zirin Written by Dave Zirin about over 5 years ago 391 reads 2 comments

  21. No Justice, No Play? Gaza Anger Overwhelms Hoops Contest

    We have officially entered uncharted waters. Never before in my years of reporting has a sports team been forced to abandon the field of play due to political protest from fans...

    Dave Zirin Written by Dave Zirin about almost 6 years ago 93 reads 1 comments

  22. Breaking New Ground: Politics and Sports in 2008

    There will be more than a few articles proclaiming 2008 the greatest "sports year" in decades, if not ever. If the definition of sports is confined to professional sports played by men, then this hyperbolic statement could have a ring of truth...

    Dave Zirin Written by Dave Zirin about almost 6 years ago 344 reads 0 comments

  23. Latter Day Protest? Proposition 8 and Sports

    As supporters of gay marriage have discovered, it's never easy to be on the Mormon Church's enemies list. The Church of Latter Day Saints backed the anti-Gay Marriage Proposition 8 in California ...

    Dave Zirin Written by Dave Zirin about almost 6 years ago 1,403 reads 24 comments

  24. Burress and The Bloomberg

    Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week: all Plaxico, all the time. There's nothing like an NFL player shooting a hole in his own leg in a packed nightclub to become our latest walking, talking weapon of mass distraction...

    Dave Zirin Written by Dave Zirin about almost 6 years ago 152 reads 10 comments

  25. Mark Cuban Libre

    It's amazing how an eight-minute phone call can cloud a charmed life. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, like Martha Stewart before him, is officially in hot water with the SEC. They allege that Cuban sold 600,000 shares in the search engine Mamma...

    Dave Zirin Written by Dave Zirin about almost 6 years ago 519 reads 2 comments