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Tom Brady – His Own Worst Enemy


The sports media were among the most surprised by the recent news that a four-game suspension was back on for the football star. But given Brady’s and the Patriots’ history, it really shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone.

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Does ESPN Have Room for Free Speech and ‘Monday Night Football’?


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Popular sports commentator Bill Simmons was suspended by ESPN for violating editorial standards—or was it because he criticized the NFL, which happens to have a $15 billion contract with the network?

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The People’s Game Part Two: Brazil Rejects Neo-Liberal Soccer


AP/Andre Penner

What FIFA has imposed on Brazil is a kind of soccer that is nearly unrecognizable, and thus heretical, to the people who have, over the course of more than a century, made the sport into a national religion.

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The People’s Game Part One: When Soccer Conquered the World


AP/Channi Anand

The first in a three-part series examines the history of international soccer as it informs the World Cup, which begins Thursday.

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Why Not End College Athletics Altogether?


AP/Paul Beaty

An effort to form a players union in college isn’t about money—yet. Nevertheless, it’s naive to think that giving the athletes a tiny percentage of the proceeds will clean up so corrupt a system.

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Missing: The L.A. Times’ Provocateur Extraordinaire


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No, I don’t know what’s going on with the Los Angeles Times’ love-him-or-hate-him T.J. Simers, whose sports column has disappeared from the paper since June 2, when he staged a free throw shooting contest between his grown daughter, Kelly Nielsen, and NBA star Dwight Howard.

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Baseball’s Biggest Problem


In the bad news for baseball, drugs aren’t the problem.

Posted on Aug 11, 2013 READ MORE

Lessons of JoePa, in Case the Next Witch We Hunt Doesn’t Drop Dead


AP / Gene J. Puskar

Unfortunately, most people will insist they were the ones insisting this was a witch hunt all along, and believe it.

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Joe Paterno Gets Due Process of Us


AP / Matt Rourke

These days you don’t get due process of the law until long after you have gotten due process of us ... and the “us” isn’t our rational side, but our bloodthirsty one, as presented by media.

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