Tiger Woods: Corporate Stooge?
One of my favorite columns is "Edge of Sports," written by Dave Zirin. The man combines the best of sportswriting and progressive politics, disproving those asshole hipsters who say sports means nothing in this world. When Zirin's People's History of Sports arrives later this year, y'all crazy lefties better make some room between the Chomsky and Cornel West tomes in your bookshelf.
This week, Zirin focuses his razor pen on a surprising subject: our own Tiger Woods. 'Round here, Tiger is a god, giving millions of dollars away through his Tiger Woods Foundation. But Zirin has made the disturbing discovery that one of the non-profit's main funders is Chevron. Take it away, Dave!:
Chevron is in full partnership with the Burmese military regime on the Yadana gas pipeline project, the single greatest source of revenue for the military, estimated at nearly $1 billion in 2007, nearly half of all the country's revenue. These are the same people who are blocking international aid workers from assisting the victims of Cyclone Nargis.
And it only gets better from there. Going after sacred cows with brash, tight writing: Zirin should work for the Weekly. Read "Edge of Sports" every week, buy Zirin's books, and go Pistons!