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The Nation has its first sports columnist, Dave Zirin, and he has more to write about than you know!  Here's a place to discuss sports and politics at the same time (my two passions).

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Comment by Peggy Randall on April 29, 2013 at 2:03pm

Excellent piece by Dave Zirin today in The Nation.  His columns are a constant reminder of how political sports can really be:

Comment by Peggy Randall on August 1, 2012 at 11:34am

Nothing more tiresome to those of us living in the "here and now" than someone who continuously harkens back to the "good 'ol days."  And then insists on referring to me as the equally dated and condescending "Ms. Randall" and not addressing me directly instead of in the 3rd person (something it looks like "Mr Harris" has done with other women on this network; could it be because we're girls?).  Or demeaning me because I recount a personal story.  Nothing like that kind of personal snarkery to stop a conversation dead.

Comment by Peggy Randall on July 31, 2012 at 11:37am

Hard to know how to counter such deep cynicism about our culture, sports, kids.  Although corporate culture and money has invaded all sports, I can easily look past all of that and still get tremendous enjoyment out of watching a great match or game.  I know it's my inherent competitiveness.  I'd stop and watch a good horseshoe game if I came upon one!  And I get special joy out of watching my 16 year old play a mean forward on his Club Soccer team which is SO much more than just kids running up and down a field only to have a ball accidentally make it into the net.  And there are no communities like FAN communities!  A way to connect with your fellow human beings around a common cause!  Sorry, I love that part of sports.

Comment by Peggy Randall on July 30, 2012 at 7:14pm

Bill, not sure what The Nation has to do with your comments.  Just to clarify:  when I post here I post on behalf of myself, not The Nation.  And unlike you, I'm a huge fan of large-scale spectacles (like the Olympics) and spectator sports (ice hockey and baseball are my favorites) but I also don't turn a blind eye to the politics of all of this and actually find it fascinating because it is such an important part of American culture.  Which is why I love the fact that we have Dave Zirin at The Nation and why I started this group.  So what about The Nation's coverage of Penn State, etc., makes you want to drop us for the NYRB?

Comment by Peggy Randall on July 30, 2012 at 2:51pm

Seems the problem is less lack of interest than too many seats allocated to international federations and dignitaries who just didn't show up.  The good news is that the Olympic authorities are now putting those unpopulated seats on sale to the general public and they're being snatched up as quickly as they're being released.  Good news!

Comment by Lamonte Johnson on July 24, 2012 at 4:12pm
Comment by Peggy Randall on July 24, 2012 at 2:37pm

More good news on the bring-down-the-enablers front today.  Msr. Lynn's conviction in Philadelphia for enabling a pedophile and "looking the other way," just as Paterno did, sure is welcome news.  Wonder if this could lead to criminal prosecutions of some of the leadership at Penn State.  This is the first time someone in a leadership position who "looked the other way" has received a prison sentence.  If that isn't a deterrent to these cowards, I don't know what is!

Comment by Lew A. Welge on July 23, 2012 at 4:22pm

Must Shirley (Povich), now be the biggest asterisk in the annals of gridiron chronicling. Yuck, yuck.

Comment by Peggy Randall on July 23, 2012 at 3:43pm

My favorite sanctions are the removal of that statute and the fact that Paterno is no longer the winningest coach in college football history.  Also, happy to see that the $60 million fine will not go the NCAA but instead to the prevention of abuse of children.  And if I played in their football program, I'd transfer TOMORROW.  If you were good enough to play for Penn State I'm sure there are lots of spots open for players of this caliber.  As someone said, I don't know why anyone would want to play for that football program.

Comment by Lamonte Johnson on July 23, 2012 at 3:40pm

Penn State now has a record that may never be surpassed. They have 112 losses in a row.


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