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Mark Heisler, who avoids writing about himself in the third person when possible, preferring the royal “we,” is a regular Truthdig contributor and a former NBA-at-large reporter for the Los Angeles Times and the Tribune newspaper chain. The 2006 winner of the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt...

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Last Call for Vin Scully, the King of Los Angeles

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Add Russia’s Olympic Doping Scandal to the Rich History of Cheating in Sports

Seeking an unfair advantage in sports did not originate in the former Soviet Union, but state-sanctioned cheating is much more common in communist or former communist countries.

Posted on Aug 4, 2016



Kevin Durant’s Exit From Oklahoma City Thunder Spotlights the Role of Whim in Sports

These people, treated with elevated deference by the media, are like overindulged children, stuck in adolescence, because they have never been obliged to make real-world decisions and live with real-world consequences.

Posted on Aug 3, 2016



MLB All-Star Game Has Become a ‘Midsummer Classic’ Dud

Baseball’s showcase used to be a big deal, but like all other professional sports leagues’ All-Star Games, it continues to decline in popularity and now exists mainly as a way to schmooze sponsors and media partners.

Posted on Jul 11, 2016



Hubris Costs Warriors NBA Championship

Owner Joe Lacob should have been the voice of reason. But he—like the rest of the Golden State team—got caught up in a regular-season record chase and lost sight of the ultimate prize.

Posted on Jun 21, 2016



Blue Jays-Rangers Brawl Highlights Major League Baseball’s Latino-Anglo Rift

You can argue whether it’s racial or cultural, but tension among the players is real, and integration is not the same as acceptance.

Posted on May 18, 2016



NFL’s Handling of CTE Controversy Shows Compassionate Conservatism of Roger Goodell in Action

In determining the effect of concussions on the lives of football players, nobody lawyers up while making sincere protestations of loving the other side like the NFL commissioner.

Posted on Apr 22, 2016



Kobe-Less Lakers Era Begins With Jerry Buss’ Kids Still Looking for a Road Back to the Glory Days

Guess what happens after a parent hands over the keys to a multimillion-dollar sports enterprise. Hint: It often isn’t pretty.

Posted on Apr 13, 2016



Duke’s Coach Krzyzewski, Donald Trump and the Meanness in All of Us

What the unfortunate comments—and lies—of the college team’s basketball coach can teach us about American culture and politics.

Posted on Mar 30, 2016



Adieu to Peyton Manning—and His Squeaky-Clean Image

The NFL star has received millions in endorsements, largely because of his reputation as the All-American boy next door. But as he retires, he is being chased by accusations that he exposed himself to a woman in 1996 and that he used a banned substance after a 2011 surgery.

Posted on Mar 9, 2016



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