If you see me today, you’ll notice that I look a tad bit beaten down. This is partly because I am sick. But it is also because last night’s NCAA championship game was, in a word, stressful. For two hours, the Duke University Blue Devils battled it out with the Butler Bulldogs. Duke was the #1 seed, the team overdetermined to win it all. Butler, however, was hot off a 25-game winning streak and amped after pulling off some stunning upsets in the tournament. The fact that their campus was less than five miles from the arena where the championship game was held only seemed to light their fire even more. While Duke kept eeking out small leads throughout the game, they were clearly thrown off their game and the momentum clearly seemed to be on Butler’s side. Until the last moment, as Butler’s final shot ricocheted off the rim and Duke won by a mere two points, the game was a true nail biter. Seriously, yesterday afternoon, my nails were long. Now they are gross nubs.
See, I am a huge, colossal, royal-blue loving, devil horn-wearing Duke fan. Keep reading »
Usually I couldn’t give two figs about a basketball game … but this weekend, President Obama was on TV playing “HORSE” on the White House courts with CBS Sports’ Clark Kellogg. (They didn’t call it “HORSE,” though; they called it “POTUS”!) They chitchat about the Final Four tournament and Obama plugs his wife’s Let’s Move! program, too.
Cute video. Listening to the President smack-talk is pretty funny. But next time, lose the button-down shirt and tie on the court, ‘kay? [YouTube] Keep reading »
Each year I try to combine my limited college basketball knowledge with my feminine mystique in an effort to create an awe-inspiring bracket for the men’s NCAA tournament. Now, as March Madness reaches its full fervor with the Final Four games this weekend, I have only chosen one of the four teams correctly. So much for my mystique. I’m sure a lot of other basketball-loving babes are having more luck than me. But what’s more important than the women watching the tournament are the ladies who are working it. The Frisky already took a look at the stats, scandal, and slogans for the cheerleaders of the Final Four, but what about the females who are on the court fighting for their own Final Four? The Women’s NCAA tournament gets a significantly smaller amount of attention than the simultaneous men’s competition, but this year the action and athletics of the women’s championship is finally getting a little more public appreciation, thanks to the insanely talented women on the University of Connecticut Huskies team. Read on to learn about the team and how they are already making history. Keep reading »
Sports newbies, get educated today! Learn what these women have done and still do to impress guys with their sports knowledge. Hint: Faking it is kind of lame and probably won’t work. Keep reading »
Now that the Olympics have ended, Fake AP Stylebook reminds us of our regularly scheduled apathy towards women in sports. Keep reading »
If you have been scratching your head trying to figure out the finer points of curling, perhaps you’d be more interested in watching Olympic pole dancers compete for the gold? This is not a joke … competitive pole dancers are lobbying for a spot in the 2012 Olympics. Due to rapid national and international growth, these moves once relegated to seedy strip joints are now being recognized as an up-and-coming athletic event. Shut up! I wonder what the costumes would look like? No doubt they would take their cues from the figure skaters. I’m not so certain that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is quite ready to say yes to lucite platform shoes and tassels quite yet, but hey, if they did, it would certainly be interesting. After the jump, some more sports that think they deserve a spot in the Olympics. Keep reading »
Tonight, when you turn on the Olympics and watch the ice dancing competition, you’ll see couples look lustily at one another as they dance the tango. Some of these pairs, however, are siblings. Of the 23 ice-dancing teams competing in the Olympics, four are brother-sister duos. Ick.
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When I think back to the good ol’ kid years, one of my strongest memories is swim team—the grueling practices, the butterflies in my stomach waiting on the starting block to dive in for a race, even the joy of a Cheerwine (yeah, it’s a Southern thing) after a big win. Many of my friends echo this and very strongly remember their time on the volleyball team or as a star on their high school women’s basketball team. Title IX, which requires schools that get public funding to provide equal opportunities for boys and girls, has been in effect for nearly 40 years, and it’s led to an explosion in the number of girls participating in sports. Researchers are now starting to look at what kind of effect that’s had. In addition to having lower rates of teen pregnancy, girls involved in sports also get better grades and report higher levels of self-esteem. And a new study by Dr. Betsey Stevenson of the University of Pennsylvania looked at statistics state-by-state and found that in places where more girls participated in sports, there was a 20 percent increase in women’s education level and a 40 percent boost in employment for women ages 25 to 34. Another study by a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago correlated lots of girls participating in sports with a seven percent decrease in risk of obesity once the girls reach their 40s. Today, one in three girls plays a sport compared to one in two boys. What will happen when those numbers are equal?
Did you play a sport when you were a kid? Which one? Share a memory in the comments section. [NY Times] Keep reading »