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If there were medals for trash-talking, the United States would not only sweep but set world records in the 2016 Summer Olympics. Talking trash is encoded in American sports’ DNA. Not just in the a…
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That between Degrasse and Bolt was benign.  As to other forms of t-talking, lower forms, Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee,  would have been very disappointed by this phenomenon. 
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BOOK REVIEWERS NEEDED: IRSSThe International Review for the Sociology of Sport is looking for reviewers for several books. Please email David J. Leonard (djl@wsu.edu) if you are interested Nation at Play: A History of Sports in India (Columbia University Press) - http://cup.columbia.edu/book/nation-at-play/9780231164900
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If he were Black, people would be calling Brady a criminal and saying his behavior reflected some innate values. They would blame hip-hop, single mothers, and the culture of poverty: if a Black player, the conversation wouldn’t be about Goodell or the system, but how the lack of a work ethic and morals led him to cut corners, to win ‘by any means necessary.’ If he were Black, the conversation would turn to affirmative action and how he was forced to cheat because he lacked the skills needed to excel at this elite level. -- +David J Leonard 
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"In the case of Mo’ne Davis, (Gaby) Douglas, and countless others, the system failed to foreclose opportunities to these girls as they found ways to break down the doors of racism and sexism. The failures of a system to contain and constrain prompts the backlash and the efforts to preserve the order of White things." --+David J Leonard 
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To understand Bresha Meadows requires reflecting on a culture in which women, particularly women of color, are rarely seen as victims deserving of protection. It requires recognizing the systemic ways that criminal justice and the media render abused women and children as “nobody,” as “illegible victims.”
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how in the world did i miss this one!
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