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Scott Tobias

Not pictured (unfortunately): the Jamaican Bobsled Team; Credit: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Eddie the Eagle Is No Cool Runnings

In the Winter Olympics, ski jumping is one of those sports — bobsledding and luging are others — where Joe and Jane Satellite Dish cannot tell the difference between a great performance and a terrible one unless the athlete is carried away on a stretcher. No doubt there are crucial......
Stephan James as Jesse Owens in Race; Credit: Courtesy of Focus Features

Jesse Owens Inspires, but Race Stumbles to the Finish Line

There is precisely one attempted coup de cinema in the Jesse Owens biopic Race, which otherwise defaults to the backlot handsomeness of other Great Men tributes from Hollywood. In 1935, Owens (Stephan James), a freshman sensation on the Ohio State University track team, returns to the locker room after practice......
Will Smith and Gugu Mbatha-Raw star in Concussion.; Credit: Courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment

Concussion Takes on the NFL After All — But Offers Little Drama

Concussion isn’t much of a movie, but it’s a fascinating bellwether for where the National Football League currently stands on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the degenerative brain disease associated with many of its former players. As it happens, the human brain isn’t supposed to whip against the skull like a crash-test dummy. Blows to the head can have devastating long-term effects, including depression, memory loss and a turn toward erratic, aggressive behavior. It only takes one big hit to turn today’s sports hero into tomorrow’s case study.
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