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In rural WV, land of volunteer coaches and radio play-by-play announcers, Pocahontas County HS Girls have fans (and title hopes)

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

By Rachel Tompkins Signs of Spring have appeared atop the Allegheny Front between the two Virginias. Here in Pocahontas County in West (By God) Virginia that includes shoots of green, the sound of robins --- and cheering from the gym at Pocahontas County High School as the Lady Warriors begin their ...

Who is a real fan? Try little girls with wash-off tattoos (and player stats at the ready)

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

By Lindsay Rico The game was over. Tied. But the excitement was just beginning. About 100 fans (and parents) leaned over steel barriers holding out soccer balls, jerseys, t-shirts—anything that would take ink —eager for the Boston Breakers and Philadelphia Independence players to plant their sharpies. Leslie Osborne, Breakers co-captain, remembers being ...

How to watch women’s Olympic ice hockey with your three-year-old daughter (and why it matters)

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Team USA faces off this afternoon against Finland in the final day of preliminary round play. Medals rounds ahead! By Emilie Liebhoff I recently took my three-year-old daughter ice-skating for the first time.  I skated a few laps, did some quick crossovers, and pivoted back and forth.  She was amazed.  (I'm sure ...

B-ball season is starting! But how to make a (formerly) losing team into a fan favorite and on-court winner?

Friday, November 6th, 2009

The PLAYBOOKThe Playbook is an occasional series on University of Rhode Island Women's Basketball team and head coach Cathy Inglese as she works to turn around a losing program. Check out previous installments here and here. By Laura Pappano It's starting. New uniforms are arriving. Coaches of other RAMS teams that ...

What Women’s Professional Soccer Can Learn from NASCAR: Love The Fans You’ve Got

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

By Laura Pappano Let’s get over the woe-is-us tone that shrouds women’s professional soccer. Yesterday’s NY Times story captured the uncertainty league bigwigs feel around the (admittedly) very challenging task of filling soccer stadiums, and getting enough sponsor and ad dollars to give WPS staying power – and in a recession. What’s ...

Beyond bitch, bunny, or mom: Art intervention challenges (oh-so-tired) pop images

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

By Laura Pappano Of course being hot helps. Good-looking athletes get our attention, whether we’re talking Danica Patrick or Tom Brady. It doesn’t make them any better on the racetrack or the football field, but it does attract fans and sponsors. I get that. But there’s trouble when we consider the broader implications ...

The b-ball debates: quality, market & don’t raise prices!

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

By Laura Pappano THE QUALITY ISSUE: The Clippers could beat UNC, so..? A reader writes: “…there is also a big gap between the quality of play for men’s and women’s college b-ball…and thus the price disparity.” Absolutely, men’s college basketball is a fast-paced exciting game and male players on average may be bigger ...