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Can the NFL make pink a legit sport color?

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

By Laura Pappano I can’t wait to see what happens when I tune in to the NFL this weekend. Will we see more dropped passes? Missed routes? Hugging and giggling in the huddle? After all, the league is kicking off a month-long effort to support breast cancer awareness through its “Crucial Catch” ...

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 ...

Budget Crisis Special: Forget pay to play, consider pay to watch (and not just HS football)

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

By Laura Pappano School districts are sweating. Budgets are tight and they are cutting in the same old places, including middle and high school sports. (A recent American Association of School Administrators survey shows the proportion of school districts cutting extracurricular activities, including sports, will triple from 10 to 28 percent ...