Ken Shulman has covered soccer World Cups, alpine ski races, sumo wrestling, bloodless bullfighting, and wild boar hunting for NPR’s “Only A Game,” Newsweek, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, and the BBC. He is a two time RTNDA “Edward R Murrow” broadcast award winner and was selected as Champion of Justice by the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. He is also a reading and writing tutor at Cambridge Ringe and Latin High School.
We wake up to the news that Aaron Hernandez has taken his own life. It’s on every screen and speaker—a string of firecrackers popping through the cybersphere. A man, not yet 28-years-old, has tied a bedsheet around his neck and hung himself from the window of his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, […]
On Tuesday afternoon, just after it pulled out of a hotel in Dortmund, Germany, the Borussia Dortmund team bus was rocked by three explosions as it headed to the club’s Champions’ League quarterfinal against French club AS Monaco. One Borussia player–Spanish international Marc Batra–suffered a broken wrist. A German police officer was also slightly […]
A drowned Syrian toddler washed up on a Turkish beach. Seventy-one migrants suffocated to death in a truck outside of Vienna. A razor wire fence strung the full length of Hungary’s border with Serbia. These are the tragic icons of Europe’s refugee crisis, images that finally shattered the world’s indifference, moving it to tears, […]
There are those who bare their writhing souls in public to make a living. And there are those who do it to make a difference. Schuyler Bailar is one of the latter. As a high school student in Washington, D.C., Bailar was a record setting swimmer who’d been recruited by several top women’s college […]
Last month, on a Wednesday afternoon, the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox played a game in an empty stadium. Baltimore was still a cauldron following the funeral of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African American man who died in police custody. Fearing further violence, city officials shuttered Camden Yards. The teams played their nine […]
Much, probably too much, has been made of Ann Coulter’s “j’accuse” on soccer, the metric system, and any person or phenomenon not born and bred in the land she claims to love. Writing in jest and obvious haste, the conservative pundit construes the world’s most popular game as the province of elite mothers anxious to […]