Tag Archives: Sports

Women’s Sports & Identity – What’s Old is News

https://media.rss.com/whatsoldisnews/2024_05_21_03_32_16_bc148cdc-8f27-4205-97cd-ee8e3a1fadbd.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham In this episode, I’m joined by Michelle J. Manno, author of Denied: Women, Sports, and the Contradiction of Identity. We talk about Michelle’s personal experience with collegiate basketball, how personal identity mixed with team identity in sports, and how players navigate contested spaces. We also discuss how coaches police players’ identities,… Read more »

Fighting Racism Through Sport

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By Sean GrahamFighting Racism Through Sport | RSS.comWe’re back with new episodes and this week I’m joined by Ian Kennedy, author of On Account of Darkness: Shining Light on Race and Sport, which explores how athletes from Chatham-Kent in southwestern Ontario fought racial discrimination through sports. We discuss Ian’s interest in sports, Chatham-Kent’s history as a terminus of the underground… Read more »

Modern Curling History – What’s Old is News

By Sean Graham Modern Curling History | RSS.com In between games at the 2019 Continental Cup, Brian Chick stopped by to talk about his book Written in Stone: A Modern History of Curling. We talk about the sport’s inclusion in the Olympics in 1998, the professionalization of curling, and it’s current place within the sporting landscape. Historical Headline of the… Read more »

10th Annual (?) Year in Review (100 Years Later): Round 1

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By Aaron Boyes and Sean Graham It’s hard to believe that this year marks our 10th year of the Year in Review (100 Years later) bracket. We could not have imagined back in 2013 when we wrote the first bracket that this would actually become an annual event (hence the question mark in each year’s title), but that little joke… Read more »

History Slam 200: Disruption & Disorientation in Queer Community Sports

https://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/History-Slam-200.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham The Tokyo Olympics this past August set a new record for the number of out LGBTQS2+ athletes competing. When the 2022 Beijing games kick off in a couple of weeks, it’s likely that a new record will be set for the winter games. The increased visibility and support for out athletes… Read more »

8th Annual(?) Year in Review (100 Years Later)

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By Aaron Boyes and Sean Graham In last year’s edition of our Year in Review, we said that 2019 was at times a slog. We miss 2019. 2020 has been a dumpster fire of a year. The COVID-19 pandemic shut down most of the world, infected (as of writing) more than 73 million people, and killed 1.6 million – with almost… Read more »

History Slam Episode 161: Identity, Race, & Sports

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https://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/History-Slam-161.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham On August 26, as the scheduled start time of the Milwaukee Bucks-Orlando Magic playoff game approached, word started to circulate that Bucks players would not be taking to the floor. Three days earlier in Kenosha, WI, about 40 miles from Milwaukee, Jacob Blake was shot 7 times in the back by… Read more »

History Slam Episode 143: Building the Greatest Hockey Team Ever

https://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/History-Slam-143.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham One of the great things about sports is the ability to argue passionately and vehemently about subjective things that, ultimately, don’t matter. Would you rather a defensive stalwart who can’t score or a gifted offensive player who is a turnstile on defense? Did a coach make the right decision in switching… Read more »

Leonard Sorta Dipped? Free Agency, Past and Present

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Edward Dunsworth Next Tuesday evening, when the Toronto Raptors host the New Orleans Pelicans to kick off the 2019-20 season of the National Basketball Association (NBA), it will be a night unlike any other. The Raptors, for the first time in their 25-year history, begin the campaign as defending champions. There will, of course, be a highly conspicuous absence as… Read more »

History Slam Episode 128: A Modern History of Curling

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https://activehistory.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/History-Slam-128.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadBy Sean Graham Late last year, the story of 2014 Olympic Gold Medal curler Ryan Fry being ejected from an event in Red Deer made headlines around the world. The conversation ranged from disappointment to jokes about how drinking beer is a central part of the sport. And while looking at photos of curlers… Read more »