Sports' male problem

Let's change the language of coaching, of toughness; it's wrong

Updated: April 18, 2013, 3:15 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

No matter how many times it is disproved by the realities of politics and corruption, ego and greed, racism and class, meritocracy remains the great American ideal. It survives because it represents hope, hope that difference and disagreement will eventually be overcome by the respect for talent and accomplishment.

Meritocracy, or the pursuit of it, is chiefly responsible for giving sports its special importance in the historical recounting of the 20th century, whether ...

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