*+-Dave Zirin: When Serena had to field the “emotions” question on the highest possible stage, it was for me a window into why so many women and men celebrated the recent 40th anniversary of the passage of Title IX.
*+-Anthony Samad: Coach John Wooden made players of various races and belief systems play together and forget about race and religion for forty minutes a game. The politics of race was well-known and well documented in college sports. While not as much of an issue today, in 1963, not many NCAA Division I schools had black players on their teams. Those that had one, only had one (or two). If they had one, the black player, in most instances, had to be the best player on the team—and could play.