Earlier today, the U.S. Patents and Trademarks Office cancelled the federal trademarks for the Washington Redskins after ruling that the name was “disparaging to Native Americans.” And the woman to thank for this tremendous victory over a powerful NFL team and its owners is Suzan Harjo, a 69-year-old grandmother and Native American activist who has been waging… More »
A former NFL player for the New Orleans Saints is in court today facing accusations of sexual assault. Darren Sharper is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting at least nine women in five different states: California, Florida, Arizona, Nevada and Louisiana. The women tell disturbingly similar stories of going someplace alone with him, taking… More »
On Saturday, Michael Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, becoming the first out gay player to be drafted into the NFL. Upon receiving the news, Sam emotionally embraced and kissed his boyfriend, Vito Cammisano, on live television, something that shouldn’t be a big deal, but obviously is given that the macho world of professional sports hasn’t always… More »
In a perfect world, an athlete coming out as gay wouldn’t even be considered news. But in the world we live in, college football player Michael Sam’s decision to come out of the closet before the NFL draft is headline-making and controversial. Sam — who, if drafted, would be the first openly gay player in… More »
Michael Sam, a football player who recently graduated from the University of Missouri, publicly came out as gay in a video posted to The New York Times’ website this weekend. “I’m coming out now because I want to own my truth,” Sam said. “I didn’t want anyone to break a story without me telling it. … More »
No matter who you’re cheering for this Sunday, every football fan can agree that amazing snacks are an integral part of the Super Bowl experience. Amp up your party’s deliciousness factor with these seven mouthwatering halftime (or anytime, really) snacks, guaranteed to score a tastebud touchdown. Sorry, I’m done making corny football metaphors now. Let’s… More »
Newsflash: Super Bowl Sunday is not a good day for sex. The entire day — and weekend, really — is reserved for football, beer, hot wings and lots of yelling at the TV. Do yourself a favor, and start to accept the fact that you’re not getting it on today.
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Here’s a hilarious video of NFL players, coaches, and referees overdubbed with nonsensical words and phrases. In other words: an accurate representation of what football always sounds like to people who don’t understand football. [YouTube] … More »
Who knew? Life as a professional cheerleader can be a struggle. Lacey T, a 27-year-old Oakland Raiders cheerleader, filed a lawsuit against her team yesterday for wage theft and unfair labor practices. Her lawsuit is on behalf of all 40 Raiderettes, who earn only $1,250 annually. Some of her grievances are as follows: … More »
Ex-Minnesota Vikings player Chris Kluwe has a bombshell piece on the sports blog Deadspin today about how he believes he was released from the team because he speaks out on behalf of gay rights. It’s extremely damaging to members of the Vikings’ management and ends with this inspiring comment: ” Never be afraid to do… More »
An Ohio high school student was suspended for — of all reasons — writing a poem about his feelings. Sixteen-year-old Nick Andre, who plays defensive end on the football team, was just doing his composition homework. The assignment? To write a poem about something that makes you angry. So, Nick wrote a poem entitled Stupid… More »
Fucking football, man. Following last night’s tight game between the New York Jets and the New England Patriots, in which the Jets emerged with a narrow victory, a fight broke out between rival fans because, you know, football is everything to some people. And amidst the melee, a male Jets fan, who apparently didn’t consider his team’s… More »
The two-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings player Adrian Peterson has died. The child was beaten on Wednesday by his mother’s boyfriend, Joseph Patterson, who has a history of domestic violence charges. The kid was Peterson’s “secret” child (whose name is being kept private) by an ex-girlfriend. Both were now living in South Dakota and… More »
Last week I announced that I was becoming a sports fan for love. I take my commitments very seriously, people. This Sunday, I broke out a bottle of wine (beer’s not really my thing), got the chips and guacamole spread ready and parked my ass on my boyfriend’s couch to watch the Giants and the… More »
Progressive cultural change doesn’t always happen quickly, but when it does, it’s a beautiful thing. Take the National Football League, professional football’s bastion and, up until now, a rather conservative place. That may all change now that Alan Gandreau, a kicker from Middle Tennessee State University, has become a viable NFL prospect.
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Something nice for a change: here’s a clever new video from the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault about “breaking the box” of society-prescribed gender stereotypes. Boys can cry. Girls can play football. Taking advantage of a drunk woman doesn’t make you a “man.” It’s 2013, everyone!
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“What is this shape?” “I like brown.” “Did we meet on my Cotton commercial?” “You remind me of Joseph Gordon-Levitt!” “I like you, and I’m going to call you Fred.” “Fred, will you brush my hair and tell me how pretty I am while I drift off to sleep?” “Oh Fred, you are quite the… More »
As many have noted, the mass hysteria over Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o’s fake, dead girlfriend makes now a good time to remember Lizzy Seeberg, the real woman who committed suicide after reporting her sexual assault by another Notre Dame player in 2010. Speaking with Melinda Henneberger, who covered the case for the National… More »
“Imagine if fondue wanted to end its association with melted cheese.”
This is how ESPN reported on plans by the Lingerie Football League to rebrand themselves into a classier institution. Good luck with that! They’re trying to be taken seriously as an actual football team for women … as opposed to, say, a… More »