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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Haymarket Books; First Printing edition (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931859418
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931859417
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #866,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In sports books, the term "left wing" typically means something very different than it does in Zirin's; a sportswriter and regular contributor to The Nation, Zirin takes a look at sports through the prisms of race, class, politics and identity, examining the mainstream sports media's charged rhetoric and challenging the industry's readily-accepted common wisdoms (especially the popular notion that professional athletes are all rich, spoiled, self-centered thugs). Each of the ten chapters deals with a different issue, from Major League Baseball's exploitation of the Dominican Republic to Olympian graft. Zirin's clear, concise arguments detail the behind-the-scenes manipulation of football star-turned-Army ranger Pat Tillman's death, point out the racism inherent in the media's coverage of Barry Bonds and explicate the global and local politics of soccer. Unfortunately, Zirin's tone is too often snide, stooping to the same depths for which he regularly lambasts right wing commentators (for instance, referring to Dodger second baseman Jeff Kent as someone who "splashes on High Karate before strutting to the free clinic"). Still, this is a unique and thought-provoking collection of politically enlightened sports writing, suitable for anyone with season tickets and a left-of-center outlook.
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About the Author

Popular sportswriter and commentator Dave Zirin is editor of The Prince George's Post (Maryland) and writes the weekly column "Edge of Sports" (edgeofsports.com). He is a senior writer at basketball.com. Zirin's writing has also appeared in The Source, Common Dreams, College Sporting News, CounterPunch, Alternet, International Socialist Review, Black Sports Network, War Times, San Francisco Bay View and Z Magazine. 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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Dave Zirin was named one of the "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World" by Utne Magazine. He writes about the politics of sports for the Nation magazine, and is their first sports writer in 150 years of existence. Zirin is also the host of Sirius XM satellite's popular weekly show, "Edge of Sports Radio," as well as a columnist for SLAM Magazine, the Progressive, and a regular op-ed writer for the Los Angeles Times. Zirin's previous books are What's My Name, Fool? Sports and Resistance in the United States; Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics, and Promise of Sports; The Muhammad Ali Handbook; and A People's History of Sports in the United States.

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Bravo to his heroes, and bravo to Dave Zirin!
Diane Fairbank
The politically charged sports book Welcome to the Terrordome by Dave Zirin.
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One of the best books on sports that i have ever read.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Chapman on June 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you're tired of reading the same type of takes on sports - the rambles full of pop culture references that pretend to stand for real commentary, the reactionary critiques of the sports villain of the week, read Welcome to the Terrordome. You'll most likely spend half your time laughing and the other half amazed that Mr. Zirin has been reading your mind.

It doesn't take much experience reading sports columnists, or listening to them talk on TV, to come away with a pretty grim view of the sports world. The profession seems to attract a sort of bitter, fatalist heckler who wants to forget that it's not just a game. Well, it isn't just a game - it's an industry, one that sometimes gets to write its own rules but more often has to live in the same world we all do - the one with pain, politics and promise.

Dave Zirin has the perspective and vision to put these pieces together, to see how the sports world meshes and collides with the real world. And when he heckles - which he does often, and with panache - it's cutting but not cruel.

There's a strong current of humanity in Dave's writing. This isn't a lunkhead screaming from the cheap seats, it's someone who wants to see excellence and fairness at all levels of sport - the field, the office, the media. With all the time and money we spend on it, that's the least we can ask.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kevin James on May 26, 2007
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If you've ever asked the question "what's the point of sports?" aside from gladiatorial competition meant to pacify and distract from the monotonous struggle that occupies the time of most people, Dave Zirin provides the answer.

Zirin does for sports what Howard Zinn does for history by placing it in the real world context in which it belongs, instead of the corporate smoke and mirrors that simultaneously make sports larger than life while divorcing it of social relevancy.

As a political hip hop artist I can appreciate Dave's work, not only because Chuck D of Public Enemy, the original political hip hop group, wrote the intro - which never hurts when you use their album title for your book - but because he stands in that independent socially conscious tradition. He's Public Enemy and Democracy Now! not Young Jeezy and CNN.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Diane Fairbank on May 23, 2007
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Here is nuance and complexity, sophistication and depth captured in magnificent similes and metaphors that will knock your socks off! Dave Zirin writes with a passion and reverence for sport and for athletes brave enough to speak out against political injustice and to incur the wrath of a coliseum culture. He invites the whole world into the sports world. Bravo to his heroes, and bravo to Dave Zirin!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T. on May 24, 2007
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Why are athletes repeatedly told, through radio shows like Mike and Mike and various other venues, to "just shut up!" about issues that directly affect themselves, their community, and country?

Sports, unfortunately, are too often cast as apolitical cultural wallpaper. Latrell Sprewell's 68-game suspension nearly a decade ago was a consequence of his uncontrollable demeanor--period. Barry Bonds (steroids or not) is just an irascible baby--period. The NBA instituted a minimum age because David Stern and company care about their players' education and maturity--period.

You can believe the press conference sound bites if you like, but there is a lot more historical and political weight surrounding these issues than the popular press often admits or cares to discuss. What would happen if the NHL or WTA implemented age minimums? Sounds ridiculous, doesn't it.

Though the media is saturated with discussions on all facets of sports, it is still not totally OK to talk in a pointed or more than passing (and often seemingly obligatory) manner about how sports reflect, reinforce, and have the ability to challenge discourses surrounding race, gender, sexuality, class, age, nationhood, etc. Indeed, doing so publicly is likely to get a "just shut up!" response. It's as if Jackie Robinson solved racism and Billie Jean King conquered gender inequities--their contributions are unyieldingly praised without a commitment to continuing their larger political projects.

For those of us who do not unquestioningly take what information we are given by the mainstream sports media industry, it's nice to know that someone like Dave Zirin is out there providing an alternative--and extremely important--perspective.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jimhb on May 23, 2007
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Dave Zirin is the best sports commentator in the US. Period. And "Welcome to the Terrordome" is another amazing example of why this is so. In this easy and fun to read collection Zirin pulls no punches while he examines the social, political and economic realities of sport.

In probably my favorite chapter, "Barry Bonds Gonna Git Your Mama: When Steroids Attack!" Zirin presents the most nuanced and historically concise explanation of steroids I have ever read. Taking on simplistic and reactionary explanations and solutions emanating from the mass media, opportunistic politicians and fans regarding steroids, Zirin states that to understand the phenomena we should not and cannot use the ever present prototypical explanation of performance enhancing drugs if we want to fully grasp why drugs exist in sports. In order to show this and counteract the singular spoon fed "analysis" of the mass media and others, Zirin gives the reader the tools for understanding the roots of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs, the harsh economic realities of sports facing players, and the drive by the sports industry to increase its bottom line.

But the book is more than just steroids. The chapter on Roberto Clemente is a must read for anyone who wants to understand and continue the legacy of Clemente. The Olympics chapter exposes what happens when the Olympics come to town. And of course, issues of race, sex and class are interwoven throughout with such intense accuracy that any reader, regardless if they love sports or hate them, will see how all of these effect and are effected by not only the world of sports, but of society in general.

This is real sports commentary. Get it now!
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