Woke Athletes: Muhammad Ali, Colin Kapernick, and Marginalization

December 6, 2016

The past year has been a weird one for sports fans. With the declining ratings of Monday night football and the evolution of small ball in the NBA, there’s a lot changing. The biggest change fans will be facing however; will be the collision of the exciting melodrama of the escapist sports world and the politics of the real world.

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Sports Fans Anonymous: What’s the point?

December 6, 2016

As a sports fan, I love my teams to death. I have sat down in front of a screen for almost 10 years and watched my teams (Knicks, Jets, Hillary Clinton) lose consistently but that never stopped me from taking multiple hours out of my week to watch the same narratives unfold: blowouts, the fake comebacks, and the upset that serves you false hope until you look at the standings…

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Why We’re Fans

December 6, 2016

Embed from Getty Images Before one becomes a sports writer, they usually start out as fans. And that’s why we’re going back to our roots, discussing our lives as fans. Whether it’s how stars interact with fans or the concept of fandom itself, we’re writing about what fandom means to us. From legacy fans to fans of teams from out-of-state, it’s important to look at the role of fans in…

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Be Your Own #1 Fan

December 6, 2016

If I realized one thing this year, through a class which analyzes sports culture to a pulp, it’s that sports are merely an idea, nevertheless, an idea American as apple pie. Sports are a democratic function, every single one of them runs itself and only itself. From grassroots to glass roofs, nobody is forcing you to play sports, even that overly passionate high school wrestling coach can’t force you into…

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The Family of Fandom

December 4, 2016

For many Americans, sports fandom is a family tradition, passed down like an old antique. You’re not sure who bought it, and even if it’s outdated or simply awful, it better be in your home or you know you’re going to get crap from dad at Thanksgiving. In football, a team in the league is like its own dysfunctional family and a big part of that identity are the fans,…

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Fandom Across State Lines

December 3, 2016

I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. I will always be a big Chicago guy, because it’s home. It’s my city. I was born and bred in the cold weather, in the wind, in the middle of dynasties and the love of multiple teams. Because of this, I am first and foremost a Chicago Blackhawks fan. A Chicago White Sox fan. Embed from Getty Images But I also support…

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The Impact Of Legacy Fandom

December 3, 2016

A legacy is the child of a graduate- whether that is a high school, college, Greek Chapter or sport. If your parents did it before you, you’re a legacy. In most cases, if you’re the legacy of a college grad it might be a factor helping you get into your parents’ Alma Mater- especially if they are making annual donations or had an impact on the school in some way-…

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