Patterson’s “Moral Crusade”: Islamophobia in Ali v. Patterson

By Michael T. Barry Jr. One of the most anticipated sporting events of 1965, and the 1960s in general, was the North American Boxing Federation’s heavyweight championship bought between Floyd Patterson and Muhammad Ali. Muhammad Ali just came off an impressive victory over Sonny Liston, and Floyd Patterson was once a two-time world champion. Like…

Dennis Rodman, the Unification Flag, and Eusébio’s Golden Boot: International Sport Diplomacy in North Korea

By Tom Fabian  North Korea is arguably the most reclusive and enigmatic nation in the world.  Due to a historically strained relationship with the United States and the advent of Westernization, the “Hermit Kingdom” has cloistered itself off from the rest of the world as one of the last truly communist states.  With escalating rhetoric…

A Life in Service to Country and Football: Barney Gill and Cold War Military Football (Part Five) – Promoting Football in France, and Life After Football

Editor’s Note: This is part final post of a five part biographical series on Barney Gill by Russ Crawford. He first encountered Barney Gill while researching his book on American football in France. Gill’s story didn’t make it into the book and was too good not to share. Click here to read parts one, two, three, and…