What We Do
The Tattered Pennant is a website dedicated to thinking critically about sports. In addition to growing up watching and playing sports, the website staff are all professionally trained historians. As a result, we approach sports like historians: we ask new questions, identify trends, and challenge assumptions. All of this enables us to write meaningful articles and have fun conversations about the real significance of sports.
This website does not attempt to do sports reporting, make predictions, or discuss of-the-moment developments in sports. Sports history is, we believe, less about knowing factoids like Hank Aaron’s 1969 batting average, or the date of Wayne Gretzky’s trade to the L.A. Kings (that’s what the internet is for). Instead, by asking critical questions about athletics, we hope to increase the thinking fan’s appreciation and understanding of the sports they already love. Our analysis strives to contribute unique and digestible perspectives that other sports media outlets cannot.
We also want to talk with you, our readers. Our articles are meant to provoke unique discussions, and we have forums built for that very purpose. For every new article we publish, we build a separate discussion forum to continue the conversation with you. Please feel free to throw in your two cents on the issues we write about, or to simply tell us off!
What Makes Us Different
While other sports websites are occupied with current events or irrelevant click-bait, we write for fans who want to actually understand sports in a broader sense. Here is a sampling of types of questions we ask in our articles:
- How do sportscasters change or influence how we watch and understand sports?
- Is parity real or imagined?
- Where does conference loyalty in college sports come from?
- What is lost or gained by sports media hiding their biases?
By thinking critically about these types of questions, and uncovering the historical trends behind them, new realizations about how we understand sports can emerge. We look forward to writing articles about these and many other topics. Drop us a line if you have any intriguing article ideas!