Sports Illustrated’s ‘Racist’ Swimsuit Issue
16 Feb 2013 6:37 pm Warner Todd Huston
Everything is racist these days. Even the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, apparently. At least that is the latest tempest in a teapot being stirred by our busy race merchants.
The website Jezebel is the latest to stir the pot claiming that because SI used locations on all seven continents and featured people in native garb as a back drop for its swimsuit models, why the magazine must be racist.
The photos shot in Spain featured matadors. In China the model was photographed surrounded by young girls in traditional Chinese garb. In another …
A Defiant Dance of Power AND Sex
12 Feb 2013 8:36 pm Anna Maria Hoffman
by Andrew Collins
What did you see onstage at the Super Bowl halftime show? According to Patheos.com blogger David Henson, if you saw “a singer wearing too little clothes,” or “a singer selling sex to the masses in a skimpy outfit,” or “an offensive, inappropriate hypersexual display of legs and barely covered unmentionables,” then you didn’t see what was really happening onstage.
The lead-in is provocative and effective, and it helped his article rack up more than 60,000 Facebook hits in just a few days. Clearly he tapped into something that resonated with people, yet he …
The Rest of the Story
5 Feb 2013 6:52 pm Anna Maria Hoffman
by Tyler O’Neil
Even after the lights went out at the Super Bowl, a commercial stole the show. In a few short minutes, Ram took the hearts of spectators by featuring Paul Harvey’s “God made a farmer.” Soon, both #PaulHarvey and #GodMadeAFarmer were trending on twitter, with thousands of people taking their admiration to social media.
Praise for Harvey comes from unlikely places. It was my liberal grandfather, Tyler Kaus, who listened to Paul Harvey and told me I should look into Hillsdale College. Having grown there – in ways that I could never have …
So God Made a Farmer…
5 Feb 2013 6:25 pm Anna Maria Hoffman
by Caleb Parke
Among the majority of Super Bowl commercials with fast-paced, carefree humor, one ad made everyone stop and listen. No, it wasn’t Beyonce’s voice — it was the nostalgic voice of Paul Harvey.
The commercial features captivating images of farmers, highlighting the hard work they do before the sun rises until after the sun goes down in rough elements and tough times.
I am reminded of all the stories my grandpa told me growing up and listening to Paul Harvey give “The Rest of the Story.”
This ad lit up Twitter and …
“The Gold Standard”
30 Dec 2012 6:39 am Craig Newmark
These are the 32 players who were elected first ballot with at least 86 percent of the vote.*
“Study reveals secrets to Sir Alex Ferguson’s success”
15 Dec 2012 6:10 am Craig Newmark
Sir Alex gets a Harvard Business School case study.
Bonus: one of the all-time great goals by a Man U. player.
Dennis Bergkamp scores a famous goal in the 1998 World Cup . . .
1 Dec 2012 6:31 am Craig Newmark
. . . and a Dutch announcer totally, completely loses his mind.
“Five Reasons The Clippers Will Shock The World This Season”
24 Nov 2012 6:46 am Craig Newmark
I do like CP30. But we’ll see.
“NFL broadcasting cliches will come back to haunt you”
18 Nov 2012 6:06 am Craig Newmark
Norman Chad comments on some of the worst of announcer-speak. Two examples:
“He is able to walk off the field under his own power.” How else do you walk off the field? Heck, you never hear about somebody “walking away from a meeting under his own power” or “walking away from a marriage under his own power.”
“He’s deceptively quick.” How can you tell?
“The 10 Trends That Are Changing The Face Of The NFL As We Know It”
3 Nov 2012 6:29 am Craig Newmark
One of them is “The no huddle is about to take over the league.”
14 Oct 2012 6:35 am Craig Newmark
Christopher Beam in GQ:
On my first day at Shichahai Sports School, the elite athletic academy in Beijing, Coach Chang introduces me to his ping-pong class. “We have a new American student,” he says, peering out from behind the prescription sunglasses he wears indoors. As all eyes turn toward me, I feel a rush of nerves. It’s like day one of kindergarten again, only this time I have chest hair. “He claims he’s been playing for more than ten years,” Chang goes on, “but from what I’ve seen, it looks more …
Olympian Lolo Jones Scolds NYTimes for Not Supporting Our U.S. Olympic Athletes
10 Aug 2012 8:33 pm Warner Todd Huston
U.S. Olympic Hurdler Lolo Jones was slammed by The New York Times as a woman of little accomplishment, a flimsy girl not sufficiently woman’s libby enough, one that is all show and no go and during an August 8 appearance on NBC’s Today, the hurdler broke down in tears wondering why the U.S. media was so ready to tear competitors down instead of supporting our U.S. Olympians?
For the Times, longtime sports writer Jere Longman seemed to think that Lolo Jones’ image of beauty and grace was a strike against women’s …
“How 21-Year-Old Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen Became Such A Badass”
28 Jul 2012 6:16 am Craig Newmark
Imagine how good he’ll be when he stops being “lazy”.
“Call of Booty”
28 Jul 2012 5:57 am Craig Newmark
“Want to know the real key to being a superstar athlete? You’re sitting on it.”
“9 Of The Most Infuriating Blown Calls In Sports History”
14 Jul 2012 6:25 am Craig Newmark
The ’72 Olympics was by far the worst (though not so much “blown” as political). The Hand of God goal was pretty bad, too.
“The 11 Biggest Upsets In Sports History”
1 Jul 2012 6:23 am Craig Newmark
USA 4, USSR 3 and ten others.
30 Jun 2012 6:11 am Craig Newmark
If you’re a baseball fan–particularly if you’re a Yankee lover or hater–this fake Derek Jeter diary is pretty funny.
“My Daughter’s Favorite Sport”
17 Jun 2012 6:34 am Craig Newmark
Joe Posnanski’s oldest daughter, after showing little interest in sports, is now a rabid NASCAR fan. A charming story.
“The 25 Biggest Tantrums in Sports”
16 Jun 2012 6:08 am Craig Newmark
Most with video. I’d have voted Serena #1 with Dennis Green and Johnny Mac close behind.
“The Beautiful Triangles of FC Barcelona”
9 Jun 2012 6:25 am Craig Newmark
Neat little video giving the basics of how Barca does what it does.