By Dave Zirin

ISBN-10: 1595588159

ISBN-13: 9781595588159

Sportscaster Howard Cosell dubbed it “rule #1 of the jockocracy”: activities and politics simply don’t combine. yet in Game Over, celebrated alt-sportswriter Dave Zirin proves as soon as and for all that politics has breached the fashionable activities area with a vengeance. From the NFL lockout and the function of football within the Arab Spring to the Penn nation sexual abuse scandals and Tim Tebow’s on-field genuflections, this well timed and hard-hitting new e-book from the “conscience of yankee sportswriting” (The Washington Post) unearths how our most crucial debates approximately classification, race, faith, intercourse, and the uncooked quest for political strength are performed out either off and on the field.

Game Over bargains new insights and research of headline-grabbing activities controversies, exploring the shady part of the NCAA, the explosive 2011 MLB All-Star online game, and why the Dodgers crashed and burned. It covers the interesting struggles of homosexual and lesbian athletes to realize reputation, woman athletes to be greater than intercourse symbols, and athletes all over the place to say their collective bargaining rights as union contributors. Zirin additionally illustrates the ways that athletes are once more utilizing their exalted systems to talk out and reclaim activities from the company pursuits that experience taken it hostage. In Game Over, he cheers the victories but additionally displays on how some distance we have now but to head. Combining excellent set items with a sobering review of today’s activities scene in Zirin’s take-no-prisoners kind, Game Over is a needs to learn for someone, activities fan or no longer, attracted to knowing how activities mirror and form society—and why the stakes have by no means been better.

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Within a year’s time, he’d be invited to take the reins at St. Mirren, a post he held for four years. In that span, he lifted the team from second to first division. 50 As a football manager, his reputation as a winner was growing. He was a motivator with the highest of standards. His players and teams succeeded because they met the disciplinarian challenges he set. 51 Martin Edwards, Manchester United club chairman: It was fairly unanimous early on that he was the man we really wanted. Well, really what he had achieved in Scottish football.

He had faith in their abilities. These were the same players that were part of the youth team that had won the 1992 FA Youth Cup. Ferguson knew the right amount of playing time on the first team, slotting players into the positions that suited them best, and time to jell as teammates, would only unleash their power. Ferguson: I’m convinced six or seven more will reach the very top, that’s how highly I regard them. These boys are the best crop I have had in my management career. A lot of people tell me they are the best the club has ever had.

Then the men became legends. indb 24 5/22/14 1:00 PM BECOMING A MAN UNITED FOOTBALLER Neville retired in 2011, ending his nineteen-year career having played entirely with Manchester United. The former captain won eight Premier League titles wearing United Red. The Bury, Manchester–born Neville also earned eighty-five caps playing with the England National team. 18 Butt was a midfielder and spent twelve years at Old Trafford before moving to Newcastle United in 2004. He ended his career in 2011 also, playing at a club in Hong Kong.

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