The first MMA fight that I saw was by accident. I was visiting a friend at her apartment and her boyfriend and his friends were watching the last battle in a trio of fights between Quinton Jackson and Wanderlei Silva, two notable MMA fighters. I’d always had a healthy respect for the craft of boxing but this was unlike anything I’d ever seen. The extreme violence of it paired with the variety of fighting styles in the ring was especially jarring.
It was awhile before I saw my next fight. But this time it was between two women: Cristiane Santos and Gina Carano. I watched with a couple girlfriends of mine. All three of us were interested in fitness. We wanted to not only tone our bodies but also incorporate some kind of self-defense into our weekly workouts. The fight between Carano and Santos piqued our interest in not only learning how to fight in self-defense, but also in taking our fitness regime to the next level. Keep reading »
“I am a heterosexual guy in a tough macho sport, which is exactly the reason I feel a duty to say I support gay marriage and gay rights. I have nothing to gain personally from supporting this issue, and that’s the point. Society as a whole is better when there is equality, and I want to live in a country where everyone has the same rights because we all benefit from that. What people overlook is that this isn’t a sex issue, it’s a love issue. There’s no justifiable reason for trying to get in the way of two people who love each other.”
–UFC fighter Rashad “Suga” Evans has added his name to a brief filed by NFL players Chris Kluwe and Brendon Ayanbadejo urging the Supreme Court to overturn a ban on same-sex marriage. He also issued this beautiful statement to Outsports to show his support for marriage equality and equal rights. Huge props to Evans for taking such a powerful stand, and here’s hoping more athletes follow his lead! [Outsports]
Is there anything more awesomely inspiring and redemptive than a good sports story? No. Despite the fact that I cannot properly toss a baseball or dribble a basketball, I love a good team sports story (see also: “Friday Night Lights,” “Moneyball,” and “Rudy”).
Coronado High School Thunderbirds team manager Mitchell Marcus has a developmental disability, and has sat on the sidelines of every Thunderbirds game, cheering the team on. For the team’s final game of the season, Coach Peter Morales wanted to do something special for Marshall, and told him to suit up for the game. Marshall was put in for the last 10 minutes of the game, and despite the support of the roaring crowd and several attempts, he had trouble actually scoring a basket.
And then something amazing happened. Warning: You’re gonna cry. [CBS News]
This video had me tearing up: here’s NBA star Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets and his two moms, Waudda and Carol. They talk about how they’ve been a couple for 11 years, have supported each other through health scares, and how special it was for them to marry. Faried and his two moms filmed the PSA on behalf of One Colorado, an advocacy group for lesbian and gay rights. Colorado is advancing a civil unions bill through the state legislature as we speak, which Kenneth Faried supports. Not only is he handsome and talented, but he’s got his heart in the right place, too. [YouTube; Huffington Post]
As a girl who defined herself as a ballerina from ages three to 21, I’ve had the argument over whether dancing is a sport or art many times over. I don’t care what any guy friend says: it’s both. Hey, you try and make dancing on your toes look effortless!
An article in Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald raises a whole new argument: is pole dancing art or sport? Casula Powerhouse Art Center in New South Wales thinks neither because t chose not to display a photo series of pole dancer Zahra Stardust in its women in sports exhibition, “Onside.” Photographer Belinda Mason was commissioned by the Liverpool art center to take the photos, which included shots of Brooklyn Jackson, a gridiron player, Melissa Combo, a longboard surf champion and Stardust in her pole dancing outfit, among others. Keep reading »