Zirin Call

Edge of Sports' Dave Zirin, writing last week on the firing of Don Imus, offers this salient point:

"But why did this comment, in a career of ugly statements, finally break the camel's back? I would argue the answer partly lies in how we are taught to understand sports. … We are relentlessly sold the idea that our games are safe space from this kind of political swill. We are also told that sports are a 'field of dreams', a true meritocracy where hard work always meets rewards. But when the playing field is shown to be unlevel, it stings. This sporting reality can wake people up and reveal the hidden inequities in our society that otherwise go unnoticed."

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