Pay Them Already

The North Carolina scandal demonstrates that, if college athletes aren’t going to get even the education that is their ostensible compensation for generating billions of dollars, than they should at least get a share of the television revenue.

Trustees, Delegates, and the Baseball Hall of Fame

The Baseball Writers Association of America stripped Dan LeBatard of his Hall of Fame vote because he let Deadspin’s readers decide whom he should vote for. Ilan Mochari wonders whether this isn’t, in fact, the future of Hall of Fame voting.

Chris Kluwe: Was it Really a Conspiracy?

Liam Day believes the release of Chris Kluwe by the Minnesota Vikings has less to do with his personal beliefs and more to do with his performance as a player.

Lies and Athletes: Why Do We Care?

They say to “hate the game, not the player,” but sometimes the players bring it on themselves. Carter Gaddis shares his views on athletes, integrity, and the lessons we are teaching.

Why Shannon Sharpe Called Bill Belichick a Sore Loser

Liam Day argues that, in his on-air rant about Bill Belichick, Shannon Sharpe unwittingly summed up journalism’s rather sorry state.

We Don’t Talk: Jovan Belcher and Kasandra Perkins

Liam Day wonders if the tragedy in Kansas City was a part of society’s expectations that men be strong and silent. Commenter Held on $1 Million Bail

What do you think should happen to commenters who make threats?

The Battle For Gay Rights is a Wrestling Match Over Masculine Identity

Liam Day explains the political controversy behind Vikings punter Chris Kluwe’s viral rant, and urges gay athletes to break the stereotype that pits homosexuality against masculinity.

Vikings’ Chris Kluwe Kicks Serious Verbal Ass—And You Should Too

Joanna Schroeder gives a standing ovation to Vikings punter Chris Kluwe for his impassioned open letter about marriage equality, and insists that if we aren’t all doing the same, we’re participating in oppression.

Big Shots: When Pros Get Egos

JP Pelosi, a child of the Magic-Bird years, wonders where all the good sports role models have gone.

A Bloop Single Cost Me My Perfect Game, But I Redeemed Myself In My Book

Our friends at Deadspin run a series called “Glory Days”, that features readers’ tales of momentary sports glory.

Dolph Pulliam and The Governor of Iowa: Two Good Men

Jamie Reidy comments on the story of Dolph Pulliam, the first African-American television broadcaster in Iowa.

Former ESPN Editor Apologizes for “Chink In The Armor” Headline, Says Wasn’t Meant to Be Racist

“I’m so sorry that I offended people. I’m so sorry if I offended Jeremy.”

The Best of Good Sports in 2011


Screw You, and Screw Your Man Card

Drew Magary has some words for Miller Lite.

Sports Matter: Rick Chandler

Rick Chandler talks to us about Deadspin, selling back range balls, and finding an elephant in your parking spot.