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NWSL seems to be learning from predecessors

Friday, January 18th, 2013

By Laura Pappano It’s draft day for the National Women’s Soccer League. Don’t bother turning on your TV or tuning into sports radio.  Don’t expect NFL-style high drama. Thanks to the rise of cheap media, though, you can catch it on Twitter and Facebook (NWSL doesn’t have its own website). Sure, there is ...

Do we have the stomach for football?

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

By Laura Pappano News that NFL veteran Junior Seau, who committed suicide last year, suffered from degenerative brain disease was hardly a revelation. We paused, saddened, on Thursday when the National Institutes of Health announced that Seau’s brain revealed evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy – the result of absorbing frequent blows to ...

Super Bowl edition: Why is football so special?

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

By Laura Pappano More people will watch Super Bowl XLV this Sunday than tuned in for the President’s State of the Union address last week. It’s not even close (42.8 million watched President Barack Obama vs. an expected 110 million). That’s no dis to Obama because George W. Bush was out-viewed, too. The ...

Jets pulled offsides: Why no penalty flag?

Monday, September 20th, 2010

By Laura Pappano This is a good Monday for the NY Jets: A smashing victory against rival NE Patriots – and the team won’t face punishment from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for “unprofessional conduct” by coaches and players in the Ines Sainz case. Or obvious punishment, that is. Jets owner Woody Johnson ...

Money (Net)ball: How an Aussie Women’s Pro League is Making $$ (and what to learn from what they did)

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

By Laura Pappano The abrupt folding of the St. Louis Athletica, forcing the Women's Professional Soccer league to mid-season reshuffle its schedule, was the latest reminder of a nagging problem: Making money in women’s pro sports. (Or merely staying solvent). This has nothing to do with quality of play or competition.  The ...

Super Bowl Quiz: What does NFL “family” entertainment tell girls?

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

By Katie Culver Here’s a Super Bowl quiz question: Would you send your daughter to a football game in her underwear? I wouldn’t. And yet, funny thing is, there’s women at every NFL football game in a close approximation of panties and bras. They just happen to be ...

What a sport girl wants for Christmas…

Monday, December 21st, 2009

By Katie Culver 1. A legitimately equal opportunity to develop athletic skills and play sports -- from the start. This means: girls should be handed a ball (instead of a doll or toy purse) as soon as they can hold something. They should be dressed appropriately so they can run, climb, jump ...

Why I lovehate football

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

By Laura Pappano It's Thanksgiving and aside from turkey and family, this holiday is about football. What does a celebration of early American settlers and indigenous people coming together in prayerful feasting have to do with gladiator-style battle for territory and pigskin? It hardly matters. Football (plus turkey) rules. I love football. ...

Does ponytail pull sully the wholesome vibe of women’s sports? Is that OK?

Monday, November 9th, 2009

By Laura Pappano NM soccer player Elizabeth Lambert’s hair yanking, punching, and nasty behavior have gone viral. She’s being labeled the “dirtiest player” in women’s soccer and – depending on who’s writing or talking – all of women’s sports. What makes Lambert’s behavior so outrageous (aside from being captured on video) is ...

Why Can’t DIII Football Be Co-Ed?

Friday, October 16th, 2009

[caption id="attachment_560" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Lebanon Valley College photo"][/caption] By Laura Pappano The phrase “college football” evokes testosterone-charged pre-U.S. Marine-style intensity and mammoth bodies colliding at ridiculously odd angles and high speeds. That may accurately describe DI teams on Saturday TV or at bowl game time, but how about the 0-6 Amcats at Anna ...