Sport and Society-Super Bowl LII

Editor’s Note: “Sport in American History” is excited to cross-post Richard C. Crepeau’s “Sport and Society” column. This post was originally published on February 2, 2018. A full archive of his Crepeau’s columns can be found by clicking here. By Richard C. Crepeau The calendar has turned over another year. The winter solstice has passed. The holiday season is…

Review of The United States Football League, 1982-1986

Reeths, Paul. The United States Football League, 1982-1986. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, Inc., Publishers, 2017. Pp. 428, photographs, bibliography, and index. $39.95. Reviewed by Jorge Iber At the start of The United States Football League, 1982-1986, author Paul Reeths harkens back to his youth in the early 1980s and recounts his excitement at the…

“Broad Stripes and Bright Stars” of Misdirection: Donald Trump’s Use of Patriotism in Response to NFL Players’ Protests

By Apryl Lewis Since Colin Kaepernick started protesting during the national anthem in 2016, other NFL players also engaged in similar protests to bring attention to social injustices against people of color. As national anthem protests gained momentum, many white sports fans questioned Black athletes’ patriotism, rather than concerning themselves with the issues athletes are…

Review of Play Big

Welter, Jen.  Play Big: Lessons in Being Limitless from the First Woman to Coach in the NFL.  New York: Seal Press, 2017.  vii+266.  Acknowledgements. Reviewed by Russ Crawford Jen Welter has been the first woman to do many things.  She was a member of the first women’s football team to win an International Federation of…