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Articles from Vol. 267, No. 5, August 10

All the World's a Ball
EVERY SIN OF MODERN SPORTS IS COMMITTED AGAINST SOCCER, BUT STILL IS SURPRISES. Thanks to World Cup 1998, we learned or confirmed a few things: [sections] MasterCard is a muscle toner, and a good athlete needs plenty of Coca-Cola and McDonald's...
Bad as They Wanna Be
LOVING THE GAME IS HARDER AS COLLEGES SELL OUT THEMSELVES, THE FANS, THE ATHLETES. Growing up in an American college town gives one a better than average chance of being infected with progressive politics, a certain intellectual curiosity and a love...
Criminal Neglect
The rest of the world threw the United States to the lions in Rome in mid-July with their 120-to-7 vote to establish the International Criminal Court. It also let the court keep most of the teeth that US diplomacy had spent the past six months trying...
Ducks, Dykes, Dynamos
As the University of Oregon women's basketball team, the Ducks, warms up on the court, Aretha Franklin belts out "Respect" over the loudspeakers. The song echoes through Mac Court, which, just a few minutes before game time, is almost empty. The girls...
Killing Time
Being a fox-chasing lad of the left, I used to comfort myself with the thought that Engels also liked hunting. All the same, Engels too felt the need to justify his passion. There was probably some snickering in the International Working Men's Association,...
Lions and Christians
FOOTBALL HAS BEEN CALLED `AMERICAN RELIGION'; NEVER BEFORE HAS IT SEEMED SO TRUE. In professional football, worlds collide. Brutality meets ballet. Swagger meets stealth. Wealth meets weakness. "We" meets "me." Pain meets pleasure. Violence meets...
Lockout!
The National Basketball Association is about to lose its distinction as the only major sports league never to lose a game to labor strife. On July 1, the owners locked out the players and suspended all league business until the two parties sign a...
On the Shining Paths of Tenpin
WHAT'S CHEAP, EASY, CLOSE TO HOME AND RELIES ON THE SOCIALIST NOTION OF HANDICAP? "I felt a rush like I had personally just won the World Series!" said 51-year-old squat, paunchy attorney Al Glanz. "Only in bowling can an out-of-shape middle-aged...
Performance and Reality: Race, Sports and the Modern World
Last year's celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Jackie Robinson's breaking the color line in major league baseball was one of the most pronounced and prolonged ever held in the history of our Republic in memory of a black man or of an athlete....
Seeking Party Central
Democratic policy wonks unite, you have nothing to lose but your bickering--and the White House, the Democratic Party and Bill Clinton and Al Gore can gain. That could have been the slogan on July 8 when Hillary Rodham Clinton, assisted by aide Sidney...
The Joy of Women's Sports
It has been my generation's great good fortune to grow up in the era of Title IX. Never before has a single law made it possible for so many previously disfranchised people to have so much fun. Since Title IX of the Education Amendments Act passed...
The NRA's ABCs
"I don't do nice" says Charlton Heston, who, as newly elected president of the National Rifle Association, appears in exceptionally fine form these days. The resonant voice, so expressive of the People's outrage, the crinkly eyes, the angular jaw,...
What about the Fans? Fuhgeddaboudit
AS ON ANY OTHER BEAT, SPORTSWRITERS WORK IN PACKS, TELL THE SAME STORY AND TRY TO PULL ONE OVER ON THE PUBLIC. THE DIFFERENCE IS, IN SPORTS THE FANS KNOW THE SCORE. In Casablanca, Peter Lorre says to Humphrey Bogart, "You despise me, don't you?"...
Why Baseball Needs New York to Just Say No
THE YANKEES CAN AFFORD $500 MIL FOR A NEW STADIUM--AND THEY DON'T EVEN NEED ONE. All of baseball is watching the New York Yankees, and not just because, with an extraordinary first-half start, they're on track to set a major league record this season...
Why Sports?
"Sports may be among the most powerful human expressions in all history," Gerald Early writes in the opening essay of this issue, and perhaps more than sex, to which it relates in all kinds of complicated and not-so-complicated ways, sport elaborates...
Yeltsin's Dead End?
The West's new $22.6 billion rescue package may buy Boris Yeltsin's regime some time, but it may not save his "reforms" or perhaps even his presidency. It was clear to me during a three-week stay in Moscow in June and July that the country's deteriorating...