Mark Naison: It is one thing to subject yourself to prison-like conditions and militarized discipline if the result is escape from poverty and a ticket to the good life. But what if neither of those result from all this sacrifice?
Dave Zirin: She is our Jordan. She is our Jim Brown. She is our Babe Ruth, calling his shots. She is no longer content to dodge bullets, but understands how to stop them. Serena is that rare athlete who has not only mastered her sport. She’s harnessed it.
Steve Hochstadt: In response to social criticism, aggressors and their defenders have developed their theory of “political correctness”, using the classic strategy of changing the subject.
Joe Mathews: The agricultural superstar’s high crime and poor health are dark indicators of what the Golden State could become.