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 Cowboys play the first Sunday night NFL game of the season. Like, I actually watched the game and paid attention for the first time ever! No sports blindness! I even took notes and asked so, so many questions so I could understand. What can I say? I was that kid in class who always raised my hand. I like to understand things. Here are some thoughts, feelings and concerns from my very first football game. Keep reading »
It’s taken me 34 years, but I’ve decided to become a sports fan. For love. Please let me explain. First, you should know I was born into a family of accomplished jocks. My father played college basketball and my brother played college football. My grandfather and uncle were tennis pros. When they discovered I was left-handed, my parents had high hopes that I would grow up to be a star first basewoman with a mean backhand. No such luck. I was a chubby, allergy-prone child, destined to be nothing more than a ball magnet on the field. My hand-eye-coordination is on the low-functioning end of the spectrum. And my spatial intelligence is completely non-existent. Meaning, I regularly bump into walls.
As a kid, I played soccer for two seasons and softball for one. My positions were respectively fullback and first base, where I tried to move as little as possible and spent entire games imaging a series of slapstick-style vignettes involving the other players until, inevitably a soccer ball or softball popped me right between the eyes and knocked me out. In gym class, I was always picked last, except on days when I had a doctor’s note (which were as many days as I could get away with). Keep reading »
Proud of that first headstand you did in yoga? Sit down, girl, and show some respect to 64-year-old endurance swimmer Diana Nyad, who made history yesterday when she swam 110 miles from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage for protection. Keep reading »
Can we talk about high school sports uniforms for a second? Specifically the uniforms for teenage girls? A community in Florida is in a tizzy at the moment after the school banned cheerleaders from wearing their uniforms to class — because they don’t meet the dress code.
Turns out it’s perfectly OK for the girls to shake their hind ends in the short skirts and sleeveless tops in front of fans at a Countryside High School football game, but the school has put the kibosh on actually letting them into class. Read more at The Stir…
Will we ever live to see the day in which Hermès exhausts the world’s vast supply of mundane items to hand-stitch and mark up to the tune of one million dollars? At this rate, it is quite possible. The French heritage brand beloved for their fiiiiiine leather goods is now responsible for the fanciest, most ‘spensive blue balls you ever did see. If you’re sick and tired of looking at boring old basketball-colored basketballs, Hermès’s bright blue version crafted from bull calfskin may just be worth its $12,900 price tag. The color, explained the high-fashion house’s U.S. CEO Robert Chavez, “represents the sky, the ocean, and all the beautiful pools that are a way of life in L.A. and Southern California.” Ah, yes, all those beautiful, beautiful pools. [THR via The Cut]
With a great-grandmother who lived to be 101 and another grandma turning 99 in December, I’ve had great genes on both sides of the family. But one Illinois grandma has me in awe, especially because she will not let a severe health scare take her life away. Sandra Foli, a 73-year-old powerlifter, knew she had to change her lifestyle after septic shock nearly killed her. And she did: recently Foli set a record in the 100 Percent Raw Powerlifting competition, where lifting 181.5 lbs earned her a medal. She credits her personal trainer, Chad Hobbs, who she has worked with for five years (and jokes she has known him longer than his girlfriend has!). Check out Sandra Foli sporting some sparkly black Converse throughout her workout: she throws, lifts and jumps like a champ, working hard to avoid being in a wheelchair in the future. Her hot trainer might be another motivation, too. [The Today Show]
Camping is, admittedly, not for everyone, but it’s also not as tough as many people think. You probably are not going to get eaten by a bear or start a forest fire. Here are just a few of the many reasons why camping is totally awesome. It is time to face your fears and get outside! As an avid camper and outdoorswoman, I’ve also included my own tips tips to make sure your first time camping isn’t your last.
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Andrei Kirilenko is the newest addition to the Brooklyn Nets, a team that has spent the off-season stacking itself with new and promising players. Kirilenko left the Minnesota Timberwolves for the Nets, but will experience a steep pay cut from $10 million last year to $3.18 million a year, New York magazine reported. Unfortunately, Kirilenko left the Timberwolves before he realized that nobody would give him a better offer. All of this is well and good, but the really interesting thing about Kirilenko has less to do with his yearly pay or which team he’s playing for and more to do with his relationship with his wife. Keep reading »
Boobs are great for a lot of things. But as anyone who has at least average-sized breasts has probably noticed, sports are not one of those things. Breasts pose a problem for athletes for several reasons. First, they are extra weight to slow down competitors. Boobs can get in the way of a golf, tennis, or volleyball swing. They also bounce and accelerate at a different speed from the rest of the body. This bouncing is not only painful, but can also be embarrassing, especially for girls going through puberty. That’s probably one reason why there is such a decline in female athletic participation from the beginning of middle school to the end of high school.
Take ESPN’s tale: Katherine Switzer became the first woman to compete in the Boston Marathon in 1967 when the sports bra had yet to be invented. She was warned that the repetitive motion could cause her breasts to atrophy and her uterus to fall out of her vagina. Yikes! Obviously, this was a pile of crap. Neither of these things happened, but she was certainly uncomfortable running in just a standard fashion bra under a T-shirt. Nearly 50 years later, we have yet to perfect the sports bra so that women with larger cup sizes can compete in the sports that they love without complication.
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“Do you think [Marion] Bartoli’s dad told her when she was little: ‘You’re never going to be a looker, you’ll never be a [Maria] Sharapova, so you have to be scrappy and fight’?
Yeah, BBC’s Radio 5 Live host John Inverdale actually said this after Marion Bartoli defeated Sabine Lisicki to win the woman’s Grand Slam title this weekend at Wimbledon, managing to be offensive on multiple levels. One, it’s just plain rude! Two, there’s the suggestion that a hot blonde female tennis player doesn’t have to play as hard. Sure, attractiveness may have something to do with scoring endorsement deals off the court, but on the court, appearance has absolutely no bearing on skill. Keep reading »