Posts tagged "sports"

Former NFL Player Darren Sharper Accused Of Drugging & Raping Nine Women

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 a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 16, 2014

The Soapbox: Powerlifting Is For Women, Too

The first time I put a barbell across my back, I was in love. It wasn't like I had never lifted weights before; I had, but never like this. Thanks to the myth that I needed to do high reps with light weights to get  “toned” arms and legs (because, of course, as a…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / May 13, 2014

Los Angeles Clippers Display Silent Protest Against Racist Owner Donald Sterling

Over the weekend, TMZ released a recording in which Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, tells his mistress he wishes she wouldn't bring Black people to games or pose in photos with them on her Instagram. "Don’t put him on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 28, 2014

Former NFL Cheerleaders Sue The Buffalo Bills For Paying Below Minimum Wage, Forcing “Jiggle Test”

Five former NFL cheerleaders for the Buffalo Bills are suing the team for alleged violation New York State labor laws by paying the woman less than mandated $8 minimum wage. The ex-cheerleaders, called the Jills, said the team "exploited the women" by not paying them/underpaying them for events like game day performances, practices two time…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 24, 2014

Let’s Ogle New Zealand’s All Blacks Rugby Team Doing The Shirtless Haka Post-Tournament Win

Rugby! Like American football, but the players aren't as huge and don't wear helmets. Right? I think. Well, whatever! The point is, New Zealand's All Blacks rugby team won the World Series Sevens tournament yesterday and celebrated by performing the traditional haka -- a traditional ancestral dance/war cry from the Māori people -- without their shirts on. Weird, suddenly rugby is my favorite…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 31, 2014

8 Life Lessons I Learned From Skiing For The First Time In A Decade

Last weekend, I went skiing for the first time in over 10 years. To say I was nervous and excited would be an understatement; in the days leading up to my trip, I couldn't help but worry about breaking a limb or, I don't know, being crushed by an avalanche. Thankfully, the friends who came…
By: Claire Hannum / February 15, 2014

Cat Curling Would Make The Olympics Way More Watchable

An oldie but a goodie: this is from the 2006 Torino Olympics, when the American kittehs bested the Danish kittehs on the ice. (I think.) The Olympics would be much more watchable if cat curling was an actual sport, don't you agree? [YouTube]…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 15, 2014

Dallas Sportscaster Supports Michael Sam In Coming Out, Quotes Audre Lorde

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 --…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 13, 2014

College Football Star Michael Sam Publicly Comes Out As Gay

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. ...
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 10, 2014

Super Bowl Sunday Sex Is Unlikely, So We’re Proposing “Makeup Sex Monday”

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. Thanks to a new survey…
By: Katie Oldenburg / February 2, 2014

This Bad Lip Reading Of The NFL Makes Perfect Sense To Me

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]…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 24, 2014

The 5 Most Tragic Claims In A Cheerleader’s Lawsuit Against The Oakland Raiders

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:…
By: Claire Hannum / January 23, 2014

19-Year-Old Tennis Champ Eugenie Bouchard Asked Stupid/Sexist Question About Her Celebrity Dream Date

On Monday, 19-year-old Eugenie Bouchard of Montreal became the first Canadian tennis player in history to reach a Grand Slam semifinal. That's pretty cool, right? But what inquiring minds really want to know is what celebrity this teenager would like to date.
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 22, 2014

The Olympics Thought Ski Jumping Was Bad For Your Delicate Lady Uterus

The 2014 Winter Olympics will be the first time ever that women's ski jumping will be a sport. Previously, women were only allowed to test the courses for the men. The International Olympic Committee has long said women were excluded from competition because the category does not have enough elite female competitors, a charge…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 11, 2014

Pool Accommodates Muslim Women, Fox News Frets About Sharia Law

Fox News has predictably idiotic things to say about a Midwestern swimming facility that will accommodate Muslim women by closing the pool to men for one-hour per day. SHARIA LAW IS COMING FOR US ALL! [Think Progress] MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry wrote up the consummate readers' syllabus on Black feminism. […
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 2, 2013

Kickass Women Of The Day: These Two Ladies Are DIY-ing The Summer Olympics

In case you were looking for some inspiration for your morning run, two British women have dedicated themselves to trying out all 114 summer Olympic events available to women in the 2016 Brazil Olympic games.
By: Claire Hannum / October 31, 2013

Watch The Jump Roping World Champion Do Things You’ve Only Dreamed Of

I'm impressed by someone who can skip rope for more than 30 seconds without tripping on the thing. Double Dutch is like beyond impressive to me. But what nine-time world rope-skipping champion and captain of the U.S. National Jump Rope Team Tori Boggs can do with a jump rope blows my damn mind. Her skill…
By: Ami Angelowicz / October 31, 2013

Poll: Should There Be An Age Limit For Mixed Martial Arts Fighting?

This morning, I happened to stumble upon a CNN photo gallery of children partaking in a MMA fight … in a cage. Participants as young as age five are allowed to compete in the Thunderdome, where “they punch, kick, tackle and choke each other,” with their hands and feet. I asked myself, “How…
By: Katie Oldenburg / October 28, 2013

Sensitive, Young Jock Suspended For Writing A Poem About His Feelings

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…
By: Ami Angelowicz / October 24, 2013

Male Jets Fans Punches Female Patriots Fan In Post-Game Skirmish

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'…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 21, 2013
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