Should High-School Athletes Compete in their Underwear?

When the late, great George Sheehan took up running in the 1960s, his children were mortified when neighbors would ask, “Why is your father running around town in his underwear?” He wasn’t, but in those days, few people ran on public streets unless they were being chased by police, and so any man running publicly … Continued

Parenting

Should Video Game-Playing Be an Olympic Sport?

I’m pretty much a one sport guy. I watch tennis, I play tennis, I read about tennis. It’s my sport and I follow professional tennis and analyze it with the same obsessive fervor as Fantasy Football nuts—speaking of, I am, honest to God, in a fantasy tennis league. Yes, they do exist. Despite my monogamous … Continued

Culture

Why Athletes and Social Media Don’t Always Mix

Athletes and Instagram seem to go hand in hand these days – especially among elite athletes and those hoping to reach the professional (and even semi-professional) level. It’s hardly surprising: social media accounts are a measure of popularity and potential sponsors like to see a large number of followers. But smartphones aren’t problem-free, especially for … Continued

Parenting


What David Beckham Could Learn from Tim Tebow About Humility

Sports reveal character, it’s often said, but sometimes an athlete’s off-the-field actions can be even more revealing—and not always for the better. Last weekend, the Tim Tebow Foundation put on its annual Night to Shine prom experience for a whopping 75,000 people at 350 churches in fifty states and eleven countries. The event is for … Continued

Celebrities

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

Celebrities, Sports

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

Politics, Sports

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

Celebrities, Sports

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

Celebrities

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

Celebrities, Sports