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

ISBN-10: 1931859205
ISBN-13: 9781931859202
Edition: 2005
Authors: Dave Zirin, Chuck D.
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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Publication date: 7/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 5.30" wide x 7.90" long x 0.60" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

"Zirin is America's 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, 1936__1958 "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 Jackson's 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. What's 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 women's 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 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.

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 and writes for The Source.

Acknowledgements
Foreword
Introduction: Sports-An Offer We Can't Refuse
It All Starts With Lester Rodney
Jackie Robinson and the Politics of Stealing Home
Rumble, Young Man, Rumble: Muhammad Ali and the 1960s
The 1968 Olympics Raise the Bar
"We Just Really Hate to Lose": Unions and Sports
In the Shadow of Ali: Sports, War, and Resistance Today
Gone With the Wind?: Sports, Race, and the Modern Athlete
Taking Care of T.C.B.: Sports, Sexism, and Gay Bashing
Games That Bosses Play
Stir of Echoes: A New Sporting Resistance?
Afterword: We Are the Greatest

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