A Serious Game

A new book explores the politics of sports.

"I look at the way that sports and politics collide in society — sometimes with very gruesome results, and sometimes with very inspiring results," says author Dave Zirin of Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics and Promise of Sports. "But the book focuses more on the gruesome."

How could it not? Zirin was inspired to write Terrordome following Hurricane Katrina, after watching poor New Orleans residents being herded into the Superdome. "There was something ridiculous about that," he notes. "The city couldn't keep the levies upright but managed to be home to the largest domed structure in the Western hemisphere — which was paid for entirely on the public dime." From there, he tackles a multitude of other hot-button issues, including the Colorado Rockies' desire, as reported in 2006 by USA Today, to build an organization "guided by Christianity." Zirin's take? "I don't think it does the fans of the Colorado Rockies any service, and frankly, I don't think it's in the best traditions of the Christian faith."

Either way, the team seldom seems to have a prayer.

Zirin visits the Tattered Cover, 2526 East Colfax Avenue, tonight at 7:30 p.m.; admission is free. Call 303-322-7727 or go to www.tatteredcover.com for details.

 
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