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 times a week, and up to 35 corporate events. The Jills are also required to attend six annual events on behalf of the team. Their work for most of those activities was uncompensated, the lawsuit alleges, calculating that Jills worked for free up to 20 hours per week — or 840 hours of unpaid work per person per year. Some women took home as little as $1,800 in pay a year from their Jills job! Yet they still had to pay for their own uniforms, out-of-town travel, hair and nails.
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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 sport. Click through for more photos of these hot jocks celebrating victory by baring their pecs! [via HyperVocal] [Photos: Getty Images]
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 along with me were much more experienced than I (like, pro level) and promised I’d be in good hands. Their teaching method? Throwing me in the trenches headfirst. They taught me how to stop and start using my skis, and that was about it – off to the chairlift we went. No ski school, no detailed lessons. Had I thought about what was happening I probably would have objected, but I blindly went along until I realized halfway up the lift that this was not the normal path for a beginner. But this was how they had learned, they explained, that putting yourself in the thick of it was the fastest way to get off the ground, and that they’d be nearby there the whole time. (By the way, PSA time, I am not saying you lovely readers should learn this way — it’s pretty risky!) Keep reading »
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]
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 — who, if drafted, would be the first openly gay player in the NFL — has received a lot of support from all over, but it’s especially moving to see him defended and championed by someone like Texas sportscaster Dale Hansen. Especially since Hansen, an older white man from Texas, quotes Audre Lorde while doing so. Awesome. [Twenty Two Words]
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. … I can’t tell society to agree with this or not agree with this, but hopefully society will rally around this and support me, too. ”
As Missouri’s most valuable player and one of the top defensive linemen in college football, the 24-year-old Texan is expected to be an early-round NFL draft pick. He would be the first-ever openly gay player in the NFL. Keep reading »