Posts tagged "sports"

Toronto Blue Jays Player Yunel Escobar Suspended For Writing Anti-Gay Slur On His Face

For those of you who don't speak Spanish, "Tu Ere Maricon" translates to "You are a faggot." Toronto Blue Jays player Yunel Escobar made a grave error in judgement by writing this anti-gay slur on his face during a game this weekend. Escobar defended his homophobic face painting at a press conference saying: “I don’t…
By: Ami Angelowicz / September 19, 2012

A Little Boy Without Feet Skills Us All In Soccer

Some days, you're like "I really can't deal with working out, I'm so tired." And then you read about kids like Brazilian boy Gabriel Muniz, who was born without feet and still manages to play soccer, and then you feel absolutely mortified about your own laziness. [YouTube]…
By: Julie Gerstein / September 3, 2012

Condi Rice Invited To Join All-Male Augusta National Golf Club

Breaking news! The He-Man Woman Hater's Club has finally realized girls do not have cooties. Okay, I am being glib. But it's friggin' 2012, Augusta National Golf Club — it took you long enough to admit your first-ever female members, i.e. stop discriminating against over 50 perent of the population. Women have always been allowed to…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 20, 2012

16-Year-Old Saudi Arabian Olympian Called “Prostitute” For Competing

Two women made history at the 2012 Olympics for being the first-ever female Saudi Arabians to compete in the Games. But one of those young women, Wojdan Shakerkai, who competed in judo (and lost), has paid dearly for being a trailblazer: the 16-year-old girl has been lambasted as a "prostitute" by misogynists back…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 13, 2012

“There Are No Feminists On My Team,” Says U.S. Women’s Basketball Coach

The U.S. women's Olympic basketball team coach Geno Auriemma has said that "there are no feminists on my team ... we're not running around burning our bras trying to make people believe in our team." I guess he is trying to say talent wins out above all?  But way to not understand feminism at all,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 10, 2012

Old Sexist Dude Concerned Olympic Athletes Are Unfeminine

"Broad-shouldered, flat-chested women with small hips; [they are] totally indistinguishable from men. Their breasts – the symbol of womanhood, motherhood – flattened into stubs as they were seen as mere hindrances to speed. I am not even talking about female javelin throwers, shot-put athletes, weightlifters, wrestlers and boxers. Their appearance is just pathetic." You know how…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 10, 2012

Olympic Gold Medalist Missy Franklin Described As A “Mean Girl”

Today, The Washington Post ran a column praising 17-year-old Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin as a tenacious athlete. In fact, you could describe columinist Sally Jenkins' piece as gushing. So it's unfortunate in an otherwise awe-filled piece that Jenkins' made a poor choice of words (emphasis mine): This was her first Olympic gold medal attempt…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 31, 2012

WWE Announcer Cracks A Kobe Bryant Rape Joke

On "Monday Night Raw" last night, WWE announcer Abraham Washington cracked a rape joke about a wrestler, saying the guy was "like Kobe Bryant at a hotel in Colorado ... he's unstoppable." WWE issued an immediate apology. (In 2003, Bryant was accused of raping a 19-year-old hotel worker; prosecution dropped the charges day…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 31, 2012

26 Olympic Sports We’d Excel At

Look, I'm a little intimidated about heading to the Olympics next week to hang out with a bunch of people who are Really Good At Sports. I'm not good at sports and typically only play them when I've been unassumingly tricked into them by a friend who says that it's faster to ride bikes someplace…
By: Julie Gerstein / July 24, 2012

NASCAR Fans Jeer Lady Driver For Sucking (But Do It Sexistly So)

There's criticism ("You suck") and then there's criticism that hits below the belt because it gets specific about someone's race, gender, or sexuality ("You suck because you're fag"). The latter is what happened this weekend to NASCAR driver Amber Cope, whose not-good driving interfered with a more experienced driver. As the car blog Jalopnik…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 16, 2012

Ralph Lauren Unveils The Uniforms He Designed For The U.S. Olympic Team

Today in Things That Aren't Cute: these uniforms Ralph Lauren designed for the U.S. Olympic Team. Blazers, berets, knee-length skirts — the company's statement says the outfits aim to "embody the spirit of American athleticism and sportsmanship," but I think they're more "Phillips Exeter Academy, sailing, affected accents from a place that doesn't exist, that…
By: Rachel Krause / July 10, 2012

Muslim Women Now Allowed To Wear Headscarves In Professional Soccer

FIFA, the organization that governs professional soccer, has reversed its ban on Muslim athletes wearing the hijab after FIFA's medical committee approved two types of headscarves which won't pose any danger on the field. [ESPN] A newsletter put out by Boston cops is filled with sexist, racist and all around icky jokes. […
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 5, 2012

Let’s Be Friends: 17-Year-Old Girl Who Pinched Butts At The College World Series

Dear Candice Sortino, I know you are facing criminal charges for the recent stunt you pulled at the College Baseball World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. When asked why you made a mad dash out on to the field to pinch two baseball players' butts you responded "Because there were so many people watching and it'…
By: Ami Angelowicz / July 4, 2012

Meet Your Team USA Olympic Women’s Gymnastics Team!

These are the five female athletes picked to compete on behalf of Team USA in gymnastics at this summer's London Olympics. Having spent the week watching these young ladies practice and compete at Olympic trials in San Jose, I am elated that they made the cut. Find out a little more about Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, McKayla…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 2, 2012

French Tennis Player Says Men Deserve To Be Paid More Than Women

French tennis player Gilles Simon recently said male players should be paid more than females at Grand Slam tennis events. When there was pushback against his remarks, he only dug the hole deeper, saying, "My point was that I have the feeling that men's tennis is actually more interesting than women's tennis. As in any…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 28, 2012

U.S. Olympic Women’s 100 Meter Sprint Team May Be Determined By Coin Toss

After months of training and a strenuous 100k sprint, all that stands between either Allyson Felix or Jeneba Tarmoh and the United States Olympic sprint team may be a mere coin toss. During qualifying trials for the upcoming London Olympics, the two runners finished simultaneously, crossing the finish line at 11.068 seconds in third place, a time which would net…
By: The Mary Sue / June 25, 2012

Awesome Sportsmanship: Girl Helps Her Competitor Finish Race

High school athlete Meghan Vogel had already had a pretty good day -- she won the 1600 meter race at the Ohio state track meet. But what made her day truly extraordinary was an act of kindness she performed, helping injured competitor Arden McMath finish the 3200 meter race. Meghan was coming up the home…
By: Julie Gerstein / June 8, 2012

Unlikely Style Inspiration: Golfers

A few months ago I got the sudden urge to learn how to play golf, so I signed up for a community education course and we had our first class this past Saturday. Besides all the weird golf terms (frog hair?!), the most surprising thing I learned was that golf style is pretty…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 19, 2012

High School Baseball Team Forfeits Game Because They Don’t Want To Play Against A Girl

All right boys, explain this one. A high school team in Arizona opted to forfeit its chance at a championship because they didn't want to play a team with a girl on it. Think about that and remind yourselves that it's 2012. The team, which attends Our Lady of Sorrows Academy, forfeited the game rather…
By: Julie Gerstein / May 11, 2012

Richelle Says: HLN Host Asks Why Professional Athletes Receive Special Treatment When It Comes To Domestic Violence Charges

Emmy award-winning television journalist for HLN, Richelle Carey will be weighing in weekly on the latest headlines Frisky readers care about. In her role as journalist and anchor, Carey advocates for teen girls and women on issues that we all care about.  Today's topic: Boxer Floyd Mayweather's domestic abuse charges. Instead of serving…
By: Ami Angelowicz / May 10, 2012
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