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The Toxic Mythology of the Post-‘Friday Night Lights’ Sports Doc

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. You know the shot. Maybe you’ve even tried to replicate…

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Urban Meyer and the Women He Treats as Collateral Damage

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. Content warning for mention of domestic abuse. Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan hired…

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The NCAA Isn’t Keeping Athletes Safe, and Martin McNair Wants To Do Something About It

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. What Martin McNair endured almost can’t even be described as…

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Carl Nassib Gave Us A Rare Moment Of Untempered Joy

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. Four years ago, I wrote a story about My-King Johnson, one of the…

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Corporations Are Embracing Flag Football — But Only For Girls 

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. With this story, it seems important to begin by stating the obvious: for…

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The Kansas City Chiefs Have No Excuse For Their Name — Or For The Chop

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. This piece carries a content warning for racism and racist slurs. 51 years…

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What Sports Have Taught Me

The first time I wrote about sports, I was terrified.  If 16-year-old me — who reflexively, defensively believed that not liking sports was a sign of superior intellect, or something — knew 24-year-old me would be taking a red-eye bus to Virginia Beach to cover a Seahawks player’s charity basketball…

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How To Celebrate History Without Erasing It

There is something to watching a person do what’s never been done. It feels like an objective, impartial good, an impossibility vanquished by humankind on our trajectory up and up and up. We, all of us, couldn’t do it before; now at least one of us can, and it seems…

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How Women Play Tackle Football In A Country That Would Prefer They Didn’t

Women play football. Not only soccer or flag football, but full-contact American football. I and others have spilled thousands of words — even made whole documentaries — trying to convince people of this simple point, yet women and girls who play are still treated like anomalies. Even after decades on…

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For the NFL, the System is Still Working as Intended

This week, it’s challenging to focus on much else besides the agonizing trickle of election results — the wait for the end of a literally years-long contest, one whose outcome is ultimately arbitrary. It’s a familiar cycle, one that has left so many people understandably cynical about politics as a…

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