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Allen Barra writes about sports for The Wall Street Journal and regularly contributes to TheAtlantic.com and Salon.com. Barra has authored many books...

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Film About Boxer Chuck Wepner Spotlights the Coalescence of Sports, Race and Politics

The heavyweight underdog—who almost went the distance against Muhammad Ali—gets his own cinematic treatment in the film “Chuck,” after being the inspiration for Sylvester Stallone’s “Rocky” character.

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The Islamic Jesus

Mustafa Akyol’s book tells Christians, Muslims and Jews exactly what we all have in common and how we got this way. It reaches us not a minute too soon.

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Betting Big on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

March Madness and its accompanying betting-pool tradition go directly against the NCAA’s staunch anti-gambling policy, but “bracketology” accounts for billions of dollars changing hands.

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NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain Doesn’t Get the Respect He Deserves

The Hall of Fame center may or may not have been the best player in pro basketball history, but undoubtedly he was the greatest.

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Don’t Blame ‘Big College’ Coaches for Creating Institutionalized Corruption

Clemson’s win over Alabama in college football’s national championship game didn’t impress sports writer Dave Zirin. But his scathing critique in The Nation missed the point.

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The Nixon Effect, The Money Cult, Ratf**ked

These three books, published well before the election, offer insight into what happened and why.

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Born to Run

More than anyone else in popular music, Bruce Springsteen understands the people who helped elect Trump. We need the Boss’ music now.

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Allen Barra
Allen Barra

Allen Barra writes about sports for The Wall Street Journal and regularly contributes to TheAtlantic.com and Salon.com. Barra has authored many books including “Mickey and Willie: Mantle and Mays, The Parallel Lives of Baseball’s Golden Age” (2014),  “Rickwood Field: A Century in America’s Oldest Ballpark” (2014), and “Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee” (2009) .

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