Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics and Promise of Sports

Welcome to the Terrordome The Pain Politics and Promise of Sports Dave Zirin is the best young sportswriter in America Robert Lipsyte This much anticipated sequel to What s My Name Fool by acclaimed commentator Dave Zirin breaks new ground in sports writing lookin

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  • Title: Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics and Promise of Sports
  • Author: Dave Zirin Chuck D
  • ISBN: 9781931859417
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dave Zirin is the best young sportswriter in America Robert Lipsyte This much anticipated sequel to What s My Name, Fool by acclaimed commentator Dave Zirin breaks new ground in sports writing, looking at the controversies and trends now shaping sports in the United States and abroad Features chapters such as Barry Bonds is Gonna Git Your Mama The Last Word on Dave Zirin is the best young sportswriter in America Robert Lipsyte This much anticipated sequel to What s My Name, Fool by acclaimed commentator Dave Zirin breaks new ground in sports writing, looking at the controversies and trends now shaping sports in the United States and abroad Features chapters such as Barry Bonds is Gonna Git Your Mama The Last Word on Steroids, Pro Basketball and the Two Souls of Hip Hop, An Icon s Redemption The Great Roberto Clemente, and Beisbol How the Major Leagues Eat Their Young Zirin s commentary is always insightful, never predictable Dave Zirin is the author of the widely acclaimed book What s My Name, Fool Haymarket Books and writes the weekly column Edge of Sports edgeofsports He writes a regular column for The Nation and Slam magazine and has appeared as a sports commentator on ESPN TV and radio, CBNC, WNBC, Democracy Now , Air America, Radio Nation, and Pacifica Chuck D redefined rap music and hip hop culture as leader and co founder of the legendary rap group Public Enemy Spike Lee calls him one of the most politically and socially conscious artists of any generation He co hosts a weekly radio show on Air America.

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    1. Sports are the world's great distraction, especially in the United States. To really understand American culture, and other cultures too, you have to understand sports to get why people get so very fanatical about them. In a sense, they are a form of reality TV, except they envelope so much more. It is very easy for radicals to dismiss sports as a distraction from more important things, like changing the world, but in a sense, by dismissing sports, they also dismiss sports fans, which is a great [...]

    2. The novel that I chose to read was suggested to me by my boyfriend who is fascinated by the idea that sports in America has a much darker side to it than people believe. This novel is unconventional in that it doesn't have your average makings of a story. It’s more of an informative book that covers the corruption of sports in mainstream America. It is entitled “Welcome to the Terrordome”, written by Dave Zirin. Mr Zirin is a Sports columnist who writes for a magazine that covers culture a [...]

    3. "if we wish to reclaim sports, we must look at history, learn from the role sports play in our world, and listen to the athletic rebels of today who are so often ignored by the media."Sure, this is another book about sports, but it doesn't discuss so much the games and the stats as much as what the important players did off the field and the politics and greed that corrupt the games. As Zirin writes in the intro, the athletes that were cultural icons of their time like Ali, Jackie Robinson and B [...]

    4. This book sheds light on the realities of what goes on behind the scenes of the sports world. Athletes are set on a pedestal for us to worship and admire. Realistically though there are bad seeds everywhere and the sports world is planting them in every field. Today we hear more about domestic violence, drugs and other crimes from athletes, but even more are buried. If a player is outstanding in his sport it is almost forgivable if he/she does something that an average person would get dragged t [...]

    5. Zirin is seen by many to be the savior of sportswriting and radicalism, but the fact is that he is as smug and sanctimonious in his leftist stance as Jim Rome is on the right. Zirin's main flaw is that he is far too reverent a fan, feeling that sports can be utilized to aid progressive causes and save the world (I could say the same about another useless and overpaid group of people who have largely sold out their skills to the corporate hierarchy: artists). As a writer, his flaws are far more g [...]

    6. This book articulated many of the thoughts I've been having about US sports culture for quite some time. I have always been bothered by the Disneyfication of sports and the singularity of the sports voice, but Zirin shows that more people are speaking than we hear. There are men and women in sports fighting for more diversity and freedom in very undemocratic institutions. And Zirin's writing is enjoyable, too. He's passionate and honest and opinionated, all characteristics that don't exist in bi [...]

    7. Sports and politics can't be separated, and instead of trying to act like they can, it's important that we openly discuss the connections, support bold athletes who use their place appropriately to highlight their views, and speak up against the blind patriotism and racism that often gets spilled into the mix. Dave Zirin makes this point in these ten essays that look at the politics in basketball, baseball, soccer, and football. He's at his best when detailing important episodes that have become [...]

    8. The author exposes the golden caged slavery that exists in modern day sports world. Don't speak out - if you do - lose the contract. There has been a form of punishment going on for a long time in sports - if you dared to mix it with politics or your beliefs. There are many admirable people in this book and we find out what happend when they stood up to be counted for what they believed to be right. What are the chances of a protest of some sort in China this summer? The Terrordome is the Superd [...]

    9. Years ago, I was very skeptical when I heard claims of sports affecting politics. I thought that men hitting a ball was simply that and nothing more. But after reading Zirin's work, that illusion has been shattered. Discussing Roberto Clemente, the history of the Olympics, the NBA and rap culture, and many more, he illustrates, effortlessly I'll add, the ways in which sports figures (with their high levels of visibility and influence) can act as beacons of hope for many struggles. The writing is [...]

    10. This book should be read by all sports fans who desire a differing point of view from the bogus arguing they hear on talk radio or see on shows like PTI and Around the Horn on ESPN. Zirin pulls no punches in his critic of the corrupt and racist nature of the systems that maintain the sports landscape. Zirin's series of serious essays would never be found in mainstream newspapers, but these are things that need to be said. A great example is the rift between cementing Roberto Clemente's legacy by [...]

    11. One of the most thought-provoking books I'd ever read. I still think about this book from time to time, and I read it nearly five years ago. Dave Zirin masterfully weaves together theories of how the larger political climate at any time can shape the way we view sports. He makes the reader realize that arguably the most unifying interest in the world, sports, isn't immune to injustice. Zirin is a writer for The Nation magazine, and is based in the Washington, DC area. I've had the pleasure of me [...]

    12. I've seen Zirin on TV and read his articles, so it was great to finally read one of his booksd I was not disappointed.This not your typical rah-rah sports book; rather, it is an insightful, engrossing, and extremely well written documentation of the racial and political aspects of sports, both of which are largely ignored by the corporate sports media. This is an excellent read for anyone wishing to take a peek behind the curtain and better understand how sports is influenced by socioeconomic an [...]

    13. Zirin focuses on the friction points between sports and social justice and provides wonderful counterpoint to a particular strain of blowhard sportswriting I find so troubling. However, Terrordome is ultimately a very uneven and periodically inconsistent collection. Zirin is at his best when he tracks down overlooked stories of individual courage and at his worst when he writes like a college freshman who just heard of this awesome new band Rage Against the Machine. Still, I wouldn't mind if thi [...]

    14. An eye-opening piece of non-fiction that examines where sports and social responsibility meet. The chapter about Roberto Clemente really made me aware of how amazing of a human being he was. It also examines the injustice of public money being used to build ballparks for billionaires who could afford it on their own but still insist on taking money from the taxpayers to open a park that only benefits multi-billion dollar corporations. Essential reading for anyone who considers themselves a sport [...]

    15. A few great essays about B. Bonds, the Dominican Republic, but I was also hoping for a long piece talking about the ideological and personal tragedy of New Orleans refugees seeking shelter from their dis-invested communities in a publicly financed Superdome. Zirin is a good sports writer as well as the political and social thinker, but I got to say his figurative language doesn't match the best to found on the sports page.

    16. Worth reading for anyone who follows sports. Once you get used to his sometimes jarringly casual tone and get over the suspicion that he's so focused on class and race only because he's a young white guy who wants publicity (that's not the reason), Zirin's writing is consistently thought-provoking, and sometimes very important.

    17. This book was terrible. The author started with his personal beliefs and then instead of trying to defend them or explain why they are correct or even better than an alternative, he simply applied them to a situation that is by no means morally clear and started yelling at the reader. Couldn't even finish it.

    18. This is sort of a companion to "What's My Name, Fool?" and it takes up where that book left of: the scope of international sports. Any book that takes you from Katrina to baseball's Roberto Clemente, to mentioning Uruguay's 1950 soccer World Cup captain Obdulio Varela and quoting Uruguayan wirter Eduardo Galeano on Maradona, to explaining hip-hop and the NBA, is a good read!

    19. Dave Zirin is exactly what sports journalism needs – a fan who is politically aware, solidly on the left, and willing to challenge the corporate consensus on the things that matter. Surely there are more like him (and I'm just hanging out for the English writers who will do what he does). If you like sports but are uncomfortable with its cultures – read Zirin.

    20. While not perfect (a friend recently pointed out how little attention he pays to women's sports--though I was introduced to Zirin by his analysis of the Kobe Bryant rape case), I like Zirin's way of looking at sports in their social context. I think his economic analyses are the sharpest, but I'm glad he also brings in issues of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, and sexuality.

    21. Written post Katrina this book is really interesting and provides a superb analysis of the insection between sports and politics. Particulary good are the chapters on the Olympic games and the steriods in sports.

    22. A refreshing look at the politics and business of sports from a progressive perspective. While I didn't agree with him 100% of the time (on occasion I felt he went a little too far with a point), just the mere fact that this kind of commentary and analysis exists makes me happy.

    23. A sports book for someone oblivious to the world of sports. Meaning that Zirin belabours issues that are commonly known and discussed with presenting little new information.

    24. This was a pretty good book and I learned somethings. I know I won't think about the Olympics the same way anymore.

    25. The author provides an alternative perspective on some of the major issues in sports. A very thought provoking read.

    26. a must read. this is a highly engaging look at sports, politics, and race in the u.s. it's also quite inspirational, I know I for one walked away with at least ten new "heroes" to reflect upon.

    27. Man, I wanted to like this book. He writes about important issues, but in a voice so shrill and Berkeley I got a black eye.

    28. If you enjoyed Zirin's first book you'll definitely like this one.More inspiring and fascinating stories of the political side of sports and the courageous athletes leading the struggle.

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