Women’s Basketball Has a Dirty Little Secret: Bullying

There are certain narratives about discrimination and prejudice in our culture that do not lend themselves to any form of deviation. Rich people mistreat poor people. White people aren’t comfortable with “people of color” moving into their neighborhoods. Straight kids bully the gay kids. These formulas become easily recognizable to those who regularly follow the … Continued

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Roger Federer is a Professional Athlete Your Kids Can Look Up To

Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal, his long-time rival, in the Australian Open final last weekend, making it his eighteenth Grand Slam title and his first Grand Slam win since Wimbledon in 2012, despite the fact that hard court tennis isn’t even his specialty; he’s the king of grass courts. Even more remarkable? He is thirty-five … Continued

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Stop Bothering Tom Brady about Donald Trump

As a Baltimore Ravens fan, I am legally required to hate Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Yet at the risk of being excommunicated from Ravens Nation, I must admit that I’ve always had a soft spot for Brady, who is by all accounts a devoted father, a terrific teammate, and a loyal friend. … Continued

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For the Williams Sisters, Sibling Rivalry Yields to Sisterly Love

For tennis fans, this past weekend’s Australian Open finals offered two dream matchups: throwback pairings between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the men’s final, and between Venus and Serena Williams in the women’s final. It was the women’s match that really captured my attention. I can’t say that I’ve ever been a hard-core tennis … Continued

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Facebook Live Claims Another Victim: Steelers’ Coach Mike Tomlin

Bill Belichick is professional football’s version of Grumpy Cat: a seemingly dour and prickly coach who was pronounced “hard to love” in a recent New York Times article about his team, the New England Patriots, which heads to the Super Bowl in two weeks. It’s a reputation that Belichick has seemed unable—or unwilling—to shake, despite … Continued

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The Exploitation of Ronda Rousey

This past Friday, the world saw popular mixed martial artist, author, and actress Ronda Rousey compete in her latest fight—if you can even call it a fight, that is. I saw it as a brazen act of exploitation. At the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 207, viewers did not see the return of a former champion … Continued

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Be like Dak Prescott: Practice Your Manners

It might seem like a small thing—picking up after yourself—but when you’re a rising NFL star, even small acts can have large effects. Consider what happened when Dak Prescott, rookie quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, was caught on camera during a game with the Ravens, doing what too few people do these days: picking up … Continued

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LeBron James’ Posse Problem

As if our recent, acrimonious presidential election wasn’t bad enough, now LeBron James and Phil Jackson are fighting, and their argument reveals a lot about what is wrong with our culture right now. This isn’t some backup quarterback taking a knee to protest racism before his terrible team plays a horrible game of football. James … Continued

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This Might Be the Happiest Man on the Planet

After the Cubs won the World Series last night, ending a 108-year-old losing streak and lifting one of the most infamous curses in baseball, social media was filled with celebrations. Even President Obama tweeted an invite to the team to come visit him in the White House: It happened: @Cubs win World Series. That’s change … Continued

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Curses, Forgiveness, and The Chicago Cubs

1908, 1945, 1969, 1984, 2003: Go ahead and cite any one of these respective years to a fan of the Chicago Cubs baseball club and get ready for an agonizing history lesson that seems too absurd to be true. The Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908. They haven’t even been to a World … Continued

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