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“Proud to Be”: the devastating ad that challenges the racist Washington football mascot. [video]

This TV spot, paid for by the National Congress of American Indians, is going to air during the NBA playoffs. It is one of the most moving–and devastating–video spots I’ve … Continue reading

June 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

A moment in time: Kristi Yamaguchi at the 1992 Winter Olympics.

The 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi are almost over. I have not been watching them for a number of reasons, but as this blog is mostly about the past, I’ve … Continue reading

February 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

What happens when your country disintegrates right before the Olympics? This.

Right now the eyes of the world–excluding, in the United States at least, the eyes in the head of anyone who can’t get NBC–are focused on the Winter Olympics in … Continue reading

February 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

The weirdest football game of all time: the 1916 Georgia Tech/Cumberland blow-out.

I teach and study at the University of Oregon, which has a great football team. I can’t remember the last time our Ducks lost, and we usually outscore the other … Continue reading

October 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

8-8-88: Lights on at Wrigley Field! [cool retro video]

Okay, this is a very unique post for me–I don’t think I’ve ever done an article specifically about sports before (although I did blog about the “Curse of the Colonel” … Continue reading

August 8, 2013 · Leave a comment
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