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Acosta & Carpenter on why it’s nonsense-talk that females want male coaches, why women’s teams shouldn’t be the Lady (fill in the blank) — and more

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

By Laura Pappano and Lauren Taylor R. Vivian Acosta and Linda Jean Carpenter, professors emerita at the City University of New York's Brooklyn College and co-authors of a book on Title IX, have collected data on women’s roles on – and off – the field in college athletics since 1977.  They have ...

Stats that Matter: Counting Women’s Access to Play and Power

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

By Laura Pappano In a sports culture in which OBP, ERA, PR, SOG, QB Ratings (among others) rule the landscape, Linda Jean Carpenter and R. Vivian Acosta track stats you won't catch among box scores, but that have served a generation: Women's access to play and power in college athletics. “There isn’t ...

NFLPA Concern for “Regular People”…Don’t Forget Hotel Maids!

Friday, September 18th, 2009

By Laura Pappano Obviously, it sounds like negotiation hoopla. Members of the NFL Players Association charged with forging a deal with the league (NFL owners last year voted to opt out of the present collective bargaining agreement) insist they are not just thinking about themselves. Baltimore Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth, one of the ...

Why is Childbirth the Athlete’s Bogeywoman?

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

By Laura Pappano By the time Kim Clijsters charged toward the net to hit a final, overhead smash against Caroline Wozniacki and claim the 2009 US Open championship (7-5, 6-3), I was wondering if I really should be thinking so much about her uterus. Sure, as a mother of three who plays ...

Promised Paper: Ticket Office Sexism (in detail)

Friday, September 11th, 2009

By Laura Pappano Last spring, an op-ed published in the Christian Science Monitor -- "The Price Gap Between Men and Women's Basketball Tickets is Madness" -- drew a slew of responses and comments, including some that were awfully hostile about the prospect of women's play being 1) worthwhile watching and 2)  ...

Fast Females: A 45-year-old and a Filly Plunder Expectations and Find Victory

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

By Laura Pappano That blur you see is a 45-year-old woman breaking a record. (OK, snapping with an iPhone enhances the effect in this case). That's right. Yesterday at the Stratton Faxon New Haven Road Race -- which was also the Men's and Women's 20K National Championships -- Colleen DeReuck set a ...

Note to LPGA: Face Paint, Spirit, and Swagger GOOD for GOLF!

Monday, August 24th, 2009

By Laura Pappano Maybe I’m just a sucker for team sports, but I love the Solheim Cup. Where else do can you catch face paint, hard-slapping high fives, and I-got-your-back hugs – in golf? In a sport that – this year, particularly on the women’s side – has been in disarray, ...

Coaching Primer: More Women with Pro-Hoop Dreams and Thoughts on Success from the Best

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

The Playbook is an ocassional series on University of Rhode Island Women's Basketball team and head coach Cathy Inglese as she works to turn around a losing program. THE PLAYBOOK By Laura Pappano Go ahead and debate whether or not it’s a good thing, but women’s college basketball is changing: Young women don't ...

How to Turn Around a Losing Program: Start with a Paint Job and Better Grades

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

The Playbook An occasional series on University of Rhode Island Women’s Basketball Coach Cathy Inglese as she tries to turn around a program that finished last year 10-21. By Laura Pappano The first game of the upcoming season – against Fairfield University (18-13 last year) – is months away, but Coach Cathy ...

Little League World Series TV: Baseball 36; Softball 3

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

By Laura Pappano The visual is stunning. Click here to see the Little League Softball World Series championship TV schedule.  You’ll find ESPN2 (the channel broadcasting women’s college hoops unless there is a men’s game that can’t fit the ESPN or network schedule) is showing two semi-final games on Tues., Aug. 18 ...