Iván Fernández Anaya’s Virtuous Victory

As Lance Armstrong prepares his confessional and public relations rehab tour (after getting caught, of course), the story of Basque runner Iván Fernández Anaya feels like a breath of fresh air. Anaya was running in second place, with no chance for victory, when he realized that the first-place athlete had accidentally stopped before the finish line. He caught up to leader Abel Mutai and guided him to the end, maintaining their respective positions before the incident occurred.As journalist C … [Read more...]

The CaPC Lance Armstrong Roundup

Last night, Lance Armstrong sent shockwaves around the world with his confession to Oprah.Maybe shockwaves is too strong of a word. Ripple? No—still too much. I’m going with flutter, because, really, we’ve all known for some time now that Armstrong was guilty of something. We just didn’t know exactly what.Here at CaPC, our writers have watched the Armstrong story unfold, offering insights to why our heroes fall and why competitors are pressured to cheat. In case you missed them along the … [Read more...]

Will My Son Be Black Enough for Rob Parker?

I'm a pretty mild-mannered lady. I go to church. I make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for my four kids. I love the library. However, there is a small list of people who I would really like to punch in the face. This week, ESPN analyst Rob Parker joined that list.I'm not a huge sports aficionado, and on most occasions when somebody on ESPN says something dumb about an athlete, I'm not likely to take notice. But Parker happened to hit a hot button for me. He felt the need to question … [Read more...]

Kathy Redmond’s Story is One of Justice, Forgiveness, and Cornhusker Football

I live in Lincoln, Nebraska, and college football is the (un)official state religion. When the Cornhuskers play home games, Memorial Stadium becomes the state's third largest city, and that's been the case for a very long time. (The stadium currently holds an NCAA record of 325 consecutive sellouts.) People eat, sleep, and breathe Husker football here, and when the team wins or loses, it can affect the entire state's psyche.This can certainly be a good thing. Even though I'm not a huge … [Read more...]

Ray Guy Should Be in the Football Hall of Fame

Winners punt. I have re-iterated this truth hundreds of times. I have said it when watching college football with friends who are screaming for the coach to "Go for it!" on fourth down and one to go. I have said it when playing the various incarnations of Madden Football on the PlayStation over the years when friends go for fourth and thirteen because they are convinced their receiver will catch the Hail Mary hope. Winners punt. Punters win football games. Period.That is why I find it … [Read more...]

The Painful Work of Forgiveness

I'd highly recommend that you wait until you have some time alone before reading Thomas Lake’s recent Sports Illustrated piece "The Boy They Couldn't Kill." Because trust me, unless you have a heart of stone, you will get emotional while reading Lake's account of a horrible act of cruelty and a beautiful act of forgiveness.In 2001, Rae Carruth was a promising wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers. And then he hired men to kill his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams, and his unborn son when … [Read more...]

The Opponent that Lance Armstrong Has Yet to Master

There is such a thing as wanting to win too badly. Lance Armstrong and his team are examples of that, as are, it seems, the majority of cyclists in the Tour de France over the last 15 years or so. Yesterday, the USADA (US Anti-Doping Agency), came out with its case against Lance Armstrong, and my hope in him was finally crushed.I have been a Lance Armstrong fan, not because of his personality, but because of his Herculean feat of winning 7 Tours and surviving cancer. Until recently, I was a c … [Read more...]

Replacement Referees and the Violation of Justice

How the scandal surrounding the replacement refs and their abysmal performance has shed light on our inherent desire for justice.Now that NFL referees have a contract, calm has returned to America's most popular sport. We can talk about other things, like the resurgence of Carson Palmer or the impending success of Tim Tebow (just kidding). Most people view the first several weeks of the season as a period best forgotten."...after this email, I am taking myself to bed. As a die hard, … [Read more...]

Mixed Signals: Nike Redefines Greatness

Mixed Signals is Erin Straza’s weekly musing about marketing miscellany in advertising, branding, and messaging.It was sort of sad, really—the bungled attempts the International Olympic Committee (IOC) made to ensure their select sponsors received the bulk of the spotlight during the London games. The athletes were forced into a two-week blackout period, restricting them from any mention of unofficial sponsors. And unofficial sponsors were in no way allowed to benefit from Olympic-themed mes … [Read more...]

Under the Sun: Postmodern Athletics

Each week in “Under the Sun,” Jonathan Sircy provides cultural history for an issue generating buzz at CaPC. This week, Jonathan responds to the issue of sports skepticism as detailed in Brad Williams’s Holy Huddle column.Consider the following quotation from English writer Simon Barnes: "[I]t is better for our souls, to believe in something marvellous that turns out to be false than to sneer at something that turns out to have been marvellous all along." What's shocking about this statement is … [Read more...]