What's My Name, Fool?: Sports and Resistance in the United States

Haymarket Books, 1 2005 - 296

Zirin is Americas best sportswriter.Lee Ballinger, Rock and Rap Confidential

Zirin is one of the brightest, most audacious voices I can remember on the sportswriting scene, and my memory goes back to the 1920s.Lester Rodney, N.Y. Daily Worker sports editor, 19361958

Zirin has an amazing talent for covering the sports and politics beat. Ranging like a great shortstop, he scoops up everything! He profiles the courageous and inspiring athletes who are standing up for peace and civil liberties in this repressive age. A must read!Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive

This is cutting-edge analysis delivered with wit and compassion.Mike Marqusee, author, Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties

Here Edgeofsports.com sportswriter Dave Zirin shows how sports express the worst, as well as the most creative and exciting, features of American society.

Zirin explores how Janet Jacksons Super Bowl flash-time show exposed more than a breast, why the labor movement has everything to learn from sports unions and why a new generation of athletes is no longer content to play one game at a time and is starting to get political.

Whats My Name, Fool! draws on original interviews with former heavyweight champ George Foreman, Olympian and black power saluter John Carlos, NBA basketball player and anti-death penalty activist Etan Thomas, antiwar womens college hoopster Toni Smith, Olympic Project for Human Rights leader Lee Evans and many others.

Popular sportswriter and commentator Dave Zirin is editor of The Prince Georges Post (Maryland) and writes the weekly column Edge of Sports (edgeofsports.com). He is a senior writer at basketball.com. Zirins writing has also appeared in The Source, Common Dreams, College Sporting News, CounterPunch, Alternet, International Socialist Review, Black Sports Network, War Times, San Francisco Bay View and Z Magazine.

 

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LibraryThing Review

  - spoko - LibraryThing

Basically this is a collection of entries from Dave Zirin's The Edge of Sports column. Which, for those of you who (like myself) had never heard of it, is apparently a sports column with a progressive ...

LibraryThing Review

  - beau.p.laurence - LibraryThing

I've always moved to the hard left, and (like many of my fellow activists) thought pro sports were bastions of bulk and bunk, not brains and social justice bravery. But this book opened my eyes beyond ...

Acknowledgements
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SportsAn Offer We Cant Refuse
19
Jackie Robinson and the Politics
37
Muhammad
53
The 1968 Olympics Raise the Bar
73
Sports War
129
Sports Race
147
Sports Sexism
185
Games That Bosses Play
219
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Popular sportswriter and commentator Dave Zirin is editor of The Prince George's Post (Maryland) and writes the weekly column "Edge of Sports" (edgeofsports.com). He is a senior writer at basketball.com. Zirin's writing has also appeared in The Source, Common Dreams, College Sporting News, CounterPunch, Alternet, International Socialist Review, Black Sports Network, War Times, San Francisco Bay View and Z Magazine.