What's My Name, Fool?: Sports and Resistance in the United States

What's My Name, Fool?: Sports and Resistance in the United States

by Dave Zirin
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What's My Name, Fool?: Sports and Resistance in the United States

“Zirin is America’s best sportswriter.”—Lee Ballinger, Rock and Rap Confidential

“Zirin is one of the brightest, most audacious voices I can remember on the sportswriting scene, and my memory goes back to the 1920s.”—Lester Rodney, N.Y. Daily Worker sports editor, 1936–1958

“Zirin has an amazing talent for covering the sports and politics beat. Ranging like a great shortstop, he scoops up everything! He profiles the courageous and inspiring athletes who are standing up for peace and civil liberties in this repressive age. A must read!”—Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive

“This is cutting-edge analysis delivered with wit and compassion.”—Mike Marqusee, author, Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties

Here Edgeofsports.com sportswriter Dave Zirin shows how sports express the worst, as well as the most creative and exciting, features of American society.

Zirin explores how Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl flash-time show exposed more than a breast, why the labor movement has everything to learn from sports unions and why a new generation of athletes is no longer content to “play one game at a time” and is starting to get political.

What’s My Name, Fool! draws on original interviews with former heavyweight champ George Foreman, Olympian and black power saluter John Carlos, NBA basketball player and anti-death penalty activist Etan Thomas, antiwar women’s college hoopster Toni Smith, Olympic Project for Human Rights leader Lee Evans and many others.

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 .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781931859202
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Publication date: 07/01/2005
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 807,228
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.59(d)
Lexile: 1180L (what's this?)

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What's My Name, Fool?: Sports and Resistance in the United States 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Zirin probably pays his supporters for positive reviews, but if you read his works and aren't already just another partisan like him, you'd see he doesn't understand most of these athletes, nor does he even really try to. Not even Ali.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
You don't have to be a major sports fan to get excited about this book.It's about so much more than sports !Zirin really brings sports into front and center as a reflection of our values and our culture.Hoorah.Read it!A friend recommended it to me and I recommend it to all of you...
Guest More than 1 year ago
David Zirin has arrived just in time. The moralists of sports talk radio and ESPN have met their match with a completly unique and invaluable analysis of sports and politics, and why both need each other. As a craven sports fan and also someone who couldn't stomach voting for either of the two candidates last year, who hates the war in Iraq, and wants crazy things like national healthcare, this book saved my soul. Yes, Joan Osborne, David Zirin saved my soul, not the other guy.
Nelson Beard More than 1 year ago
This is a great book, read for a Sociology class and loved it. This book makes you realize what really goes in the sports industry, past and present.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I receive the Dave Zirin weekly newsletter, so I am familiar with his reporting. When I began reading the book What's My Name, Fool? I was challenged to think in a larger context, in a historical manner. From the chapters on sportswriting, effects of Unions on Sport, major events such as Ali, Carlos/Evans, the Texas Western victory over Kentucky (and reading that account was one of the more exciting moments of my sports reading ever!), and then current events I became energized and thrilled about Sport in a way that I have not felt for many years. Showing the 'clear thread that is sometimes so clear that it can barely be seen', Zirin's at times lyrical writing allows for no head-hanging, the motif of don't complain, organize passes beyond Sport into everyday life. Sport is meaningful when it reaches into your soul and allows you to exercize the right to play games and achieve your potential as a human being. This book shows the past, the present, and motivates me for the future. I believe this book will soon be mandatory reading for anyone who attempts to understand our Society. I recommend it with my highest recommendation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dave Zirin makes you believe that we can not only take back our country but that it's also worth our while to do it. He is a brilliant reporter of sports history and a powerful voice for social justice. Angry, irreverent, and downright sidesplitting funny, he's written a fantastic book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Each piece in David Zirin's new book delivers an 'ahh-hah!' revelation that stings like an Ali jab. Zirin is able to connect the dots that reveal corruption, racism, sexism and greed in pro and college sports. Anyone interested in the role sports plays in American society should read this book twice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Zirin tells it like it is. He has an amazing ability to combine love of the game with hard-hitting commentary. Racism, corporate greed, moral hypocrites, and two-bit hustlers (err, politicians), Zirin takes them all on, sparing no punches. And he does it with a wit that will keep you rolling (even his acknowledgements page cracked me up. I hope someday we can see the deleted erotic references to Dick Cheney). Zirin tells the forgotten history of sports: of Lester Rodney's campaign to desegregate pro sports (in the 1930s!), the history behind John Carlos and Tommy Smith's raised fists at the 1968 Olympic Games (did you know the white athlete standing next to them ran into the stands to grab a Black Solidarity pin when he saw what was happening?), and brings it up to the present with stories of althetes standing up for justice today. Zirin reminds us that athletes should be respected for their heads as much as their hearts. In the process, he rekindled a love sports I haven't felt since I was a teenager watching the 6th game of the '86 series. Can't give better recommendation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard Dave Zirin on the radio with Chuck D and ran out to buy his book. It has exceeded every expectation. What's My Name Fool is like no other sports book I've ever read: new, fresh, at turns funny and angry - and all imbued with both a love of sports and social justice. His interviews with George Foreman and 1930's sportswriting legend Lester 'Red' Rodney are absolute classics. I just couldn't recommend this book more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dave Zirin may save sports yet! He cuts through the hype, corporatism, and racism to tell stories of inspiration, resistance, and humanity that we'll never hear from ESPN. This is Dave's first book -- but it definately won't be his last. This young lion of the sports writing scene will be a dominant figure in the coming years. Read this book. Buy it for your friends. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an enjoyable, quick, fresh perspective both to the world of sports and politics. So rarely are politics and sports realms brought together and when they are, it's when sports are used as right-wing propaganda (like Pat Tillman). I definitely recommend this book for anyone interested in either politics or sports. To plagiarize Howard Zinn, it's like reading a people's perspective on sports, and like Zinn's Peoples History of the US, this is nothing short of revolutionary. The book ranges from biting wit to real admiration. One of the best things about this book, is that there is no mistake as to where the writer stands on the issue. What I think Zirin does particularly well is bring out some of the best instances of resistance (I hadn't heard about women's basketball player Toni Smith's courageous stand against the flag and occupation of iraq) as well as look back at some of the history you may or may not know.