Tag: Sports

  • Fifty Years in the Game: A Meditation on Tennis

    By Daniel A. Kaufman ___ Anyone who knows me knows that I am a tennis player and enthusiast of long standing. [I have been playing the game since around 1974.] You will also know that I think tennis is in decline, despite the efforts of the contemporary ATP and sports media [and fandom] to convince…

  • Our Sporting Heroines (and Heroes)

    by Miroslav Imbrisevic ____ Watching the Tokyo Olympics made me think about what we want from our sporting heroines (and heroes). What can we expect from them, and can we make demands on them? Texas Deputy Attorney General Aaron Reitz called the Olympic champion Simone Biles a “national embarrassment” after she withdrew from competing for…

  • The Spirit of the Game

    by Mark English ____ Though I was not a natural sportsman, forces associated with school and family pushed me into various sporting activities which (as I see even more clearly in retrospect than I did at the time) I endured rather than enjoyed. Back then I pooh-poohed the idea that sports, especially team sports, were…

  • Sex and Sports

    by Daniel A. Kaufman ___ The politics swirling around the question of gender identity are developing so quickly and furiously both in the US and the UK that it is difficult to keep track, but my interest here is the current brouhaha over Rachel McKinnon’s gold medal win in the UCI Masters Track World Championship…