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This is the grave of Jesse Owens. Arguably the greatest track star of all time and certainly the most historically important, Owens was born in 1913 to Alabama sharecroppers. In 1922, following so many other rural southern African-Americans, his family moved north, to Cleveland. Of course, his amazing speed was discovered early and by the […]

Good Move

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On February 9, 2018

This is how you act when oppressive assholes in power want to meet with you because you snapped back at them. Vice President Pence is set to arrive here soon to lead the official U.S. delegation to th

Dead Bid Walking

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On March 23, 2015

The ridiculous attempt to put the Olympics in Boston in 2024 is dying on the vine. Hosting the Olympics is a terrible idea for any city. For a old, cramped, expensive city like Boston with no room to

Hosting the Olympics

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On May 28, 2014
It’s hardly surprising that the populations of democratic nations are now resisting hosting gigantic sporting events like the 2022 Winter Olympics. It’s a tremendous waste of money that does little to help the people of a nation except satisfy the egos of politicians and corporate leaders looking to be remembered for something. Share

Sochi in History

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On February 8, 2014
I suppose there aren’t a whole lot of places in Russia where horrible things haven’t happened. But still: History has largely been kind to Alexander II, the Russian czar who freed the serfs in 1861, just two years before Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 (the two world leaders even corresponded about their […]

Comply

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On August 16, 2013

I’m not particularly comfortable with the idea of boycotting the Winter Olympics in Russia because of the nation’s anti-gay laws. Mostly, I don’t think it’s fair to athletes to

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