Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 at 11:13 am  |  13 responses

Scoop Jackson Talks Politics and Sports with Dave Zirin

Scoop and Zirin, two major SLAM players, sat down to discuss the latter’s new documentary and so much more. Here’s a little taste of the Q+A:

Scoop: What, to you, is the “social function in sports”?

Zirin: Damn, Scoop. That’s like asking the social function of drugs, sex, music or anything that gets people up in the morning in these tough times. We love sports because it provides escape and the promise of magic. But beneath the pyro, it’s a fun-house mirror of who we are as a country. The scary part is when people start taking the reflection more seriously than the reality standing in front of the mirror.

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  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Love it.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Cool interview. I remember when Scoop was the cat advancing those ideas, not Zirin…
    Damn you ESPN, damn you and your bags of cash to hell!

  • http://bulls.com airs

    “The scary part is when people start taking the reflection more seriously than the reality standing in front of the mirror.”

    i think that could describe a few commenters on this site.

  • Jeff Min

    Another solid interview.

  • Da Holy Karron

    The goat of slam mag hands down someont that tells more then a story he on some other planet real talk.

    Thanks Scoop

  • tony knorr

    hell yeah, these are my two favorite slam contributors ever can’t wait for the rest. most of the slam fam should know about these cats but if not check out there books. Sole Provider by scoop and welcome to the terrordome by dave zirin. two of my favorite books of all time.

  • http://ballislife.com Stephon

    Shout out to Scoop and Dave man one two of da greatest writers of all time.

  • Seven Duece

    Love Scoop’s writing, but he puts race in everything. “Why is the McDonald’s cup mainly white?!”

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    Zirin rules.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @SevenDuece simply brining up the questions that most will not and many, like yourself, would wish to ignore. I love Scoop’s writing. He’s why I began reading Slam in the first place

  • Mollywood1983

    scoop and dave: the former gave slam that extra edge back in the day; the latter doing the same thing right now. great stuff!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    When I took Grade 12 Social Studies, a quote from one of Dave Zirin’s books appeared in our textbook. Big ups, Dave!

  • Scu11y

    why is a Mars bar wrapper mostly black?