Did you watch "The Last Dance," the ESPN documentary on Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls? In this episode of the podcast, Baylor University sports historian Paul Putz helps us make sense of it. Join us for a conversation about Jordan's place in NBA history, the role of the black athlete in American culture, and some thoughts on how the stories of athletes like Jordan provide a window into our own identities as human beings. (NOTE: This episode was recorded BEFORE … [Read more...] about Episode 69: Be Like Mike?
The Last Dance
This looks amazing. Watch the last 45 seconds for the star-studded lineup. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Peh9Yqf1GXc&w=560&h=315] … [Read more...] about The Last Dance
We live in a very strange world. I am sure by now you have heard about ESPN football announcer Robert Lee. On Tuesday, ESPN decided to remove him from covering the season's first University of Virginia football game because he shares a name with the Confederate general whose statue triggered racial violence in Charlottesville. According to this piece at The Atlantic, ESPN wanted to protect their Robert Lee from "memes and jokes." I guess that didn't work out very … [Read more...] about Robert Lee