Martina Navratilova: The Refusal to Go Backward

Feb 18, 2016, 07:00 AM

Edge of Sports welcomes Martina Navratilova, one of the greatest tennis players ever and one of host Dave Zirin’s political-athlete heroes. Martina made history not just with her utter on-court dominance of the 1980s, but through a remarkable journey away from her family in totalitarian Czechoslovakia, and to a life where she lives today as a political, open LGBT American. This week’s column read is “The Past Is Never Dead: Peyton Manning and Today’s Jock-Rape Culture at Tennessee,” and we give “Just Stand Up Awards” to musicians Win Butler and Kendrick Lamar.—-This episode of Edge of Sports is brought to you by FreshBooks. For the best way to make tax season easy, get FreshBooks, a cloud accounting software designed exclusively for small business owners and freelancers. Go to and enter "Edge" in the “How You Heard About Us” section for a 30-day free trial. We’re also sponsored by Casper mattresses. Go to for great offers on amazing mattresses, and you’ll be supporting Edge of Sports.—9:54 Sports Illustrated: Jason Collins a 'game-changer' Jan Palach Funeral (1969) Soviets Put Down Prague Spring (1968)…wn-prague-spring19:34 Navratilova wins 1st US Open over Chris Evert, 1983 Mel DiGiacomo:….1332027?page=all26:50 Dave Zirin:…ture-at-tennessee/28:42 Shaun King:…article-1.253039530:58 Jessica Luther:…-explaining-to-do34:25 Win Butler: Kendrick:…s-Performance-at—Music: Vytis | Hamry | ABBA | Floex | Arcade Fire | Kendrick Lamar— | | | |