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Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Yes, football is a country

For a while we’ve dabbled with sports blogging on Africa is a Country; i.e. pieces on John Terry, Didier Drogba, black jockeys and, now and again, when we've compiled one of our beloved lists. But now we’ve decided to try to up the ante and today we're launching (with not much fanfare since we still need to...

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Magnificent

Earlier this week ESPN won seven Sports Emmy Awards, including one for music during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, like the video–played at the start of broadcasts and during breaks from the studio in South...

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

The Falcon of Qatar

The Spring Issue of Middle East arts magazine, Bidoun, is about sports. This includes a piece on “Kenyan long- and middle-distance runners who have found infamy and fortune as Arabized athletes in the Gulf” on $1000 a...

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

The Indians are Coming

This is an ad to promote the wares of Willow TV–the California-based portal for live Internet streaming of big cricket matches-ahead of India’s tour of South Africa, a tour that kicks off today. I’ll let the stereotypes...

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Cricket is big in Nigeria

Much of whatever energy I have left after work and family goes to football, but I had to post this argument by Naija blogger, Jeremy Weate, including his description of the beautiful game–Sean Jeremy Weate Guest Blogger...

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Dennis Brutus Memorial in New York City

Monday, December 28th, 2009

YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Just before Christmas “The New York Times ” led its sports section with a story about Ater Majok, a future University of Connecticut baskeball player born in Sudan but educated in Australia and the US, with the...

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

WARMING UP FOR THE 2010 WORLD CUP

My sister sent me these images (above and below)–making their rounds on the internets–of the new Green Point Stadium in Cape Town where one of the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup will be played. The images...

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

“THERE ARE MORE [PEOPLE] WHO ARE INTERSEX THAN THERE ARE BOTSWANANS”

John Lancaster in “The London Review of Books” (a publication that is decent, except for publishing the rants of the South African neoconservative, R W Johnson) on the prejudices exposed by reactions to Caster Semenya.