Alon Raab teaches religious studies at UC Davis. He is editor of the books The Global Game: Writers on Soccer and Soccer in the Middle East, and he has written several articles and essays on soccer, cycling, religion, and politics in the Middle East.
Posts by Alon Raab
Wheels of Power: Political Leaders on Bikes
Remember the Tour de Trump? "It can really, very much rival the Tour de France," said its namesake.
The Hub of the Wheel
This past February, the annual Youth Bike Summit in Seattle welcomed young people from across the US, all committed to the idea that cycling not only makes healthier people but better communities.
A Road in the Mountains
Founder of the organization Mountain2Mountain, Shannon Galpin talks about her work putting women and girls on bicycles in Afghanistan.
Coaching Through a Revolution
Three months after Bob Bradley was hired to coach Egypt's national team, the Port Said Stadium riot plunged Egyptian football into turmoil. Two new documentary films look at Bradley's tenure as coach of the Pharaohs, set against the country's political upheaval.
Film review by Alon Raab
When Sports Go Bad, How Can Fans Be Good?
Does putting on our team's shirt mean that we cover up our sense of right and wrong? With the NFL engulfed in scandal over players' off-field offenses and wavering leadership by league officials, four of our writers discuss the line between fan loyalty and individual morality.
Mike Austin, Amy Bass, Andrew Guest & Alon Raab
"Half time. The coach gives you a piece of orange, and he shouts at you like he's trying to save your soul. You wonder what it's like at the beach."