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Qatar and the World Cup – Questions and Answers

Joel Abdelmoez , May 24th, 2022


A while ago, a Swedish reporter asked me to answer a few questions about Qatar and the World Cup. The segment eventually got cut, but since I had…


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Athletics, IQ, Health: Three Myths of Race

Alan Goodman and Joseph L. Graves Jr. , April 14th, 2022


Our recent book, Racism, Not Race, tackles a big lie: The idea that human beings have biological races. Biological races do not exist in humans. Why, then, do…


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Surfing in Color

Traben Pleasant , November 12th, 2021


“Surfing in Color” is part of the collection Lead Me to Life: Voices of the African Diaspora. Read the introduction to the collection here. Floating, my gaze and…


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Brotherhood and Anti-Blackness in College Football

Tracie Canada , August 25th, 2021


Clemson Tigers teammates celebrate a successful play against the Boston College Eagles in 2020. David Grooms/TigerNet.com/Flickr This article was originally published at Black Perspective…


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Five Ways Humans Evolved to be Athletes

Anna Goldfield , July 21st, 2021


The coming Olympics will showcase some of the most extraordinary human feats of strength, speed, and agility. As an archaeologist who focuses on the development of the human…


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The Evolution of Throwing

Marta Zaraska , July 15th, 2021


United States Olympic athlete Kara Winger competes in the women’s javelin throw in 2019. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images With the Tokyo Olympics on the horizon, Kara Winger is trainin…


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Sexism Still Winning at the Olympic Games

Cara Ocobock , July 13th, 2021


New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is, this year, the first openly trans athlete to be picked for an Olympic team. Alex Pantling/Getty Images I loved the Olympics growing…


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Sex in Sport: Men Don’t Always Have the Advantage

Cara Ocobock , June 10th, 2021


Many sporting events, like the Paris Marathon, have separate categories for men and women. Michel Stoupak/NurPhoto/Getty Images As the Summer Olympics gear up to kick off in Tokyo,…


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Why Losing Bonds Sports Fans

Martha Newson , February 1st, 2021


Football fans respond to their team during a match. Motortion Films/Shutterstock This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been republished under Creative Commons. …


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Tackling Care and Capitalism in College Football

Tracie Canada , December 14th, 2020


Despite the health risks, many college football teams, such as the Stanford Cardinal (pictured here), have continued playing throughout the fall season. Bob Drebin/Getty Images A few mont…


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What’s Behind Humanity’s Love-Hate Relationship With Exercise?

Marina Krakovsky , September 3rd, 2020


Many people have a strong desire for physical rest despite the fact that health experts advise them to exercise more. Heart rules/Pexels At the start of the COVID-19…


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What Does Baseball’s Bilingualism Reveal?

Brendan H. O'Connor , July 24th, 2020


Dominican-born Yordano Ventura, Kansas City Royals’ starting pitcher, holds up a Dominican flag following the team’s World Series victory in 2015. (Ventura died tragically in 2017.) Shane Key…


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Why Are Sports Fans So Bereft Without Live Games?

Frances Sutton and Jeffrey H. Cohen , May 27th, 2020


The Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, sat empty in March following the cancellation of the Southeastern Conference’s basketball tournament amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Andy Lyons/Gett…


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Sweating Through a Gym’s Gender Barriers

Cara Ocobock , October 1st, 2019


For women, powerlifting gyms can be hostile territories. Westend61/Getty Images As I walk into the gym, my nostrils flare at the smell of sweat and old iron. My…


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How Skirts Are Changing Bolivian Wrestling

Nell Haynes , July 18th, 2019


Martha La Alteña (right) and Susana La Bonita (left) wrestle in El Alto, Bolivia. Aizar Raldes/Getty Images This article was originally published at The Conversation and has been republis…


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Would Our Early Ancestors Have Watched the Super Bowl?

Christopher D. Lynn , January 31st, 2019


[no-caption] Nigel Renny/Flickr “It’s not your fault you watch football all day—man has always been captivated by watching stuff,” states a Coke Zero commercial that aired during the…


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Power Players: US Football and French Rugby

Daniel Salas , October 23rd, 2018


[no-caption] David Williams/SAPIENS Some athletes seem larger than life. They are revered and imitated—and they seemingly hold a lot of power. But whether they feel empowered in their…


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Hooligans, Aggression, and the FIFA World Cup: How Football Reflects upon Race/Class/Gender/Power

Uzma , June 8th, 2018


The 2018 FIFA World Cup starts on June 14, 2018. This year it is being hosted by Russia. And in case you haven’t heard: we have a Russian ‘hooligan’…


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More on racist mascots

Rhiannon Mosher , June 1st, 2017


In my house, we are already two months into baseball season — which also means the resurgence of critical blogs, news articles and discussions about racist mascots. We…


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More on racist mascots

Rhiannon Mosher , June 1st, 2017


In my house, we are already two months into baseball season — which also means the resurgence of critical blogs, news articles and discussions about racist mascots. We…


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Wrestling With the Culture of Drug Testing in Sports

Mark Hann , March 23rd, 2017


Lutte avec frappe, or “wrestling with punches,” the most popular sport in Senegal, adopted international anti-doping rules in 2015. Mark Hann On May 31, 2015, the combat between…


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Spirit-Monsters and the Curse of the Chicago Cubs

Stephen E. Nash , September 29th, 2016


Superstition is a funny thing. As an anthropologist, I’m not terribly superstitious. I try to be a scientist, after all. But science is fallible, and supposedly rational behavior…


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The Untold Story Behind Fiji’s Astonishing Gold Medal

Niko Besnier and Susan Brownell , August 19th, 2016


A teary-eyed member of Fiji’s women’s rugby team raised the Fijian flag after the men’s rugby team won the Olympic gold medal. Viewers watched on a big-screen TV…


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Memes Brazilians are sharing about the Olympics

Juliano Andrade Spyer , August 16th, 2016


One of the stars of the Olympic games in Rio have been the crowd. It has attracted the attention of the foreign press (NYTimes, BBC), and particularly of…


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