Midweek Myriad: Marta, Nadal, handball, 1260s, etc.

One of the joys of following a hundred sports or so is that you’re not stuck dissecting the Super Bowl to the point that it becomes joyless. Instead, we have all this: – Marta signs with Western New York. A WPS shocker. Good news from a media point of view because it means more of us will be paying attention to veteran Rochester reporter Jeff DiVeronica, who jokes on Twitter that Marta will push him up to 1,000 followers. The conventional wisdom would be that Marta would sign with The Club Formerly And Still Partially Known As The Washington Freedom … Continue reading Midweek Myriad: Marta, Nadal, handball, 1260s, etc.

What it takes to make a pro women’s sport work

I’m surprised no one within Google’s almighty reach has invented the word “entitleninement.” A couple of generations into the Title IX-fed growth of women’s sports in the USA, we’re still seeing a few patronizing attitudes. The College Sports Council often resorts to disingenuous arguments about the impact of Title IX.¬†Internationally, we see many more opportunities for women in Olympic sports, yet women’s ski jumpers have been kept out of the Olympics with arguments ranging from the condescending to the absurd. Yet the CSC makes a few legitimate points as well, and it takes pains to distinguish its fight to save … Continue reading What it takes to make a pro women’s sport work

Jacobellis wins another world title

Personal bias alert: Though I tend not to name favorite athletes because I’m a good objective journalist, Lindsey Jacobellis has always been one of my favorites because (A) she’s really good at what she does, (B) I interviewed her before most people knew who she was, (C) she was on my plane to Europe for the 2006 Olympics and (D) she has continued to be successful after being rotated on the spit of short-attention-span American public opinion after losing gold with the board grab late in the medal race in 2006. Here she is winning her third world title and … Continue reading Jacobellis wins another world title

Beckham and the remnants of condescending England

Most Americans love England in some respect. They might be Monty Python or Doctor Who fans. They might think London is lovely. They might admire the country’s love affair with a sport that spreads to four professional leagues and scores of semipro and amateur leagues all wrapped up in a neatly organized pyramid. They might think the English are generally better educated and more reasonable, though that could be a stereotype that fails to account for, say, booing an opponent’s national anthem. What we don’t like the English insistence that, as great-great-grandchildren of the people who wrote soccer’s rules and … Continue reading Beckham and the remnants of condescending England