ROSS BULLEN

Ross Bullen teaches English literature at OCAD University in Toronto. Most of his academic research and writing is focused on the relationship between race and economics in American literature. You can follow him on Twitter at @BullenRoss.

Posts by Ross Bullen

Colin Kaepernick, Black Lives Matter, and the NFL
Colin Kaepernick, Black Lives Matter, and the NFL
Martin Luther King spoke of direct, nonviolent action exposing a hidden tension in society. The current protests started by Colin Kaepernick are revealing such a tension in American football, one between the NFL's black athletes and the league's white, conservative fans.
The NFL Draft as Gift Exchange
The NFL Draft as Gift Exchange
Why do NFL teams willingly trade established veteran players for draft picks – the chance to choose an unproven young player new to the league? The answer is found in the gift exchanges of rival kings of yore.
Cruel Optimism and the NFL (or Life in the Factory of Sadness)
Cruel Optimism and the NFL (or Life in the Factory of Sadness)
The Seahawks will play the Patriots in the Super Bowl. Should be a good football game. Too bad both teams' fans will be too wrenched in anxiety to enjoy it.
SPORTOLOGICALLY SPEAKING
"My commitment to Fitzroy is tighter, more certain and direct, than that to Australia, which is also real. I could at least be a mini-fascist for Fitzroy – hating the enemy, denying reality, accepting the cult of strength – but never for Australia." –Graeme Duncan
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