Monthly Archives: March 2013

Review: Jeff Benedict’s ‘Out of Bounds’

Call it happenstance, call it morbid synchronicity, but I came across Jeff Benedict’s Out of Bounds – a book that bills itself as a “searing indictment” of the NBA and its alleged culture of misogyny and sexual misconduct run rampant … Continue reading

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Burning Questions: what to do about the culture of excess in professional sports

It’s a familiar story, but the numbers are no less mindboggling. Approximately 60% of NBA players are broke within five years after retirement, according to a 2009 Sports Illustrated article, and that number is astonishingly higher among NFL players. Just … Continue reading

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Addendum to ‘Where Swearing Happens’

Coaches, by nature, don’t tolerate a lot of nonsense. It’s part of the job description. After all, they spend the bulk of their time cultivating a standard of professionalism among their players that will theoretically translate into game-time success. This … Continue reading

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Church is Now in Session: Glory Be to God Shammgod

A player’s legacy is not always defined by championships, longevity, or even individual accolades. Every so often, someone comes along who revolutionizes a certain aspect of the game and influences an entire generation of players. During the late ’90s and … Continue reading

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Review: ‘Black is the New White’

Most people know Paul Mooney from his unforgettable appearances on Chappelle’s Show (“Ask a Black Dude, “Negrodamus,” “Mooney on Movies,” et al.), but the veteran writer/comedian has enjoyed a significantly more storied career that for decades ran parallel to his … Continue reading

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