No, Simone and Aly, Stripping Isn’t a Sign of “Strength”

How did Simone Biles and Aly Raisman go from America’s sweethearts to America’s sexpots in less than six months? It seems like just yesterday these young women—Biles is ninteen and Raisman is twenty-two—were back flipping across balance beams and swinging around uneven bars, sporting patriotic leotards and adorable hair bows. Now they’re acting in what … Continued


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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Palmer, Fernandez, and the American Dream

Over this tragic past weekend, the sports world lost two giant figures who, in different ways, represent extraordinary success stories of the American Dream. The legendary Arnold Palmer passed away at eighty-seven after an impossibly full life as one of the greatest icons in any sport, not only golf. In addition to being one of … Continued

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The Many Virtues of Golf Legend Arnold Palmer

Over the weekend, at home in his native Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, “The King” passed away at the ripe, old age of 87. Arnold Palmer had been a living legend for the previous seven decades and the professional golf community immediately began to roll out the well-deserved red carpet treatment in remembrance of the man who brought … Continued

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Hey, Colin Kaepernick: You’re No Jackie Robinson

The San Francisco 49ers used to have a really good quarterback named Colin Kaepernick. He was the versatile, up-and-coming starting QB for the team in their most recent Super Bowl appearance in 2013. Since then, Kaepernick has been a lethal combination of regularly injured and consistently not very good at the sport he is paid … Continued

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Is Johnny Manziel the Lindsay Lohan of the NFL?

Celebrity train-wreck stories get a lot of mileage in the pop culture press. When stars such as Lindsay Lohan or Britney Spears implode, it’s often years before anyone looks back and asks, “Could someone have helped her?” as The New York Times recently did with Spears. As the latest troubles plaguing former NFL football player … Continued

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Peyton Manning’s Humility

The nineteenth century American writer and poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson, left behind a great quote about being great: “A great man is always willing to be little.” On Monday, March 7th, 2016, the greatest quarterback in National Football League history announced his retirement and did so with class, humor, and a heavy dose of the … Continued

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