Power Forward

At The Intersection of Sports and Culture

Podcasts, Interviews, and Writing

About a month ago, I appeared on POPSspot Sports Radio. The topic was “Sports & Violence Against Women.” It was a wide-ranging discussion on this topic and I really enjoyed being on the show. (I can’t figure out how to embed the audio on my site so just click over and listen to it where POPSspot has it available). That same week, I did a podcast episode with Josh Katzowitz. He has a series called “Mightier Than The Sword” where he talks with writers “about writers, about their backgrounds and about the charcoal-to-bark, pen-to-paper, digits-to-keyboard, fingers-to-smartphone-screen world in which I love to live.” The interview covers what it’s like to write

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Quick Thoughts On NFL’s New Domestic Violence Policy

Today, NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, dropped a lengthy letter in which he admitted that he messed up when he only gave Ray Rice a 2-game suspension for domestic violence and he outlined 6 new policies that the NFL will implement regarding domestic violence and sexual assault. My quick thoughts: Everyone should read the entire letter before forming opinions about it. Good job, public and sports media who got really angry that Ray Rice only got a two-game suspension for beating his fiancee unconscious. The outcry following that punishment is most definitely the ONLY reason this letter exists today. 5 of those 6 policies are proactive. This is important. The 6th

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Why Sports Are Great: Jackie Robinson West

Today, my friend Dan Solomon texted me: “Did you watch that little league game yesterday? It was basically Exhibit A in the case for “Why Sports Are Great.”” I hadn’t watched it because I was busy doing family things with my family so I asked Dan, “And why are sports great?”. The following is his answer: Because those kids! The Chicago team [Jackie Robinson West] was just totally outplayed. They hung with [the South Korean team] okay — they managed to sneak a run in — but they only had 2 hits for the first 5 (of 6) innings. Korea, meanwhile, was up 4-1 going into the 6th, then just

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Shame On Bob Stoops

Bob Stoops is the head coach of the Oklahoma Sooners football team. Stoops’ team has worked very hard this off season to transfer Dorial Green-Beckham, a former wide receiver from Missouri, to their school to play this season (they found out on Friday that there efforts were for naught). Green-Beckham was kicked off of Missouri’s team for alleging pushing a friend of his girlfriend’s down some stairs. Gary Pinkel, G-B’s former coach at Missouri, has recently said it was because of that incident and “other information” he knew about his WR (G-B has a history of off-field incidents). The news about G-B broke in April at the same time that Missouri was still

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Chip Sarafin: First Active D-I College Football Player To Publicly Come Out

From ESPN yesterday: Arizona State offensive lineman Edward “Chip” Sarafin told Compete Magazine that he is gay, becoming the first active Division I college football player to come out publicly. Like former Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam, Sarafin came out to his team before going public. “It was really personal to me and it benefited my peace of mind greatly,” Sarafin told Compete Magazine — a Tempe, Arizona-based LGBT sports publication — of revealing his sexual orientation to teammates this past spring. So, like Sam, the team didn’t fall to pieces once they knew there was a gay player amongst them. Amazing. Yes, it will be a nice day when players being honest in public about

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Tomorrow: Watch Mo’Ne Davis Play Ball

You should know who Mo’Ne Davis is. In case you don’t… From Travis Waldron at ThinkProgress: Mo’Ne Davis struck out six batters and allowed just three hits Sunday in leading Philadelphia’s Taney Youth Baseball Association to a berth in the Little League World Series. But the reason Davis is such a big story coming into this week’s World Series is only partially explained by the batters who keep swinging and missing. The other reason Davis stands out among the crowd of young ballplayers who will descend on Williamsport, Pennsylvania in the next few days? She’s a girl. Davis, a 5-foot-4 eighth grader, boasts a 70 mile-per-hour fastball and induced a game-ending double-play

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