I've decided that out of sheer ambition and a dose of chutzpah, I'm going to do a post every day between now and the election and tie it to a letter of the alphabet. All the posts—in order, from A to Z—will be election and politics oriented.
Anybody who knows me is scratching his head, thinking, "Raymond Roker going on the record about sports!?!" But I don't intend to embarrass myself with clumsy analogies or scrambled historic dates. Instead, I'm interested in the one element of sport that commands my attention: politics. Called 'the best young sportswriter in America,' Dave Zirin's Edge of Sports blog makes an ongoing case for that intrinsic link between sport and the political landscape.
"When this country was discovered, or conquered as the case may be, sports were considered a sin, the devil’s work, and blasphemy against God and Church. Then as the country developed and sports became something to both sell to people as entertainment, and socialize working class immigrants to see America as the greatest country on earth. But the 20th century saw numerous examples, public and private, where sports exploded in growth but also became a platform for spectacular dissent."
In 1990, I co-founded a magazine called URB (urb.com) in Los Angeles. URB captures an intimate view of progressive urban sounds and landscapes in print and online. Beyond my day job, I also explore the world of politics, race and culture, photography and media (new and old). pure/ROKER is designed to be a living and shared notebook of the most discussion worthy aspects. Enrichment is encouraged. Debate and disagreement unavoidable. And dissent welcomed. As always, please leave a comment if you're inspired, subscribe to my RSS or email me anytime at email@example.com.