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I See What They Did There

Sir Patrick Stewart & Sir Ian McKellen Are A Little Confused About This Whole Super Bowl Thing

I don’t know a lot about American football but I probably know less about the World Cup, or whatever. Talk to me about Quidditch and we’re cool. Anyway, Sirs Stewart and McKellan are having a bit of fun with the Super Bowl here. I approve.

(via SirPatStew on Twitter)

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Aaaaaas Yooooou Wiiiiiiiiiiiish

ESPN Sportscasters Pack as Many The Princess Bride References Into Their Half-Hour Show as Possible. And it’s Glorious.

We don’t post all that much football-related stuff on The Mary Sue—that’s more sister site’s SportsGrid’s beat—but when a trio of sportscasters pack a good 18 The Princess Bride references into a half-hour show… well… how can we resist? Buzzfeed put together this compilation of all the references from Sunday’s NFL Kickoff on ESPN, and I’ve gotta say, it’s pretty impressive. They kept it to two “Inconceivable”s and even worked in the ROUSes. That’s dedication.

(via: SportsGrid)

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Erin DiMeglio Might Be the First Girl to Play Quarterback on a Florida Highschool Football Game

If you’re of a certain age (*ahem* my age), there’s a good chance that when you were in elementary school, they didn’t let you outside for recess when it was raining or snowing, and instead you sat inside and watched movies. There’s also a decent chance that one of the movies you watched over and over again was a donated VHS tape of The Little Giants, featuring Becky “Icebox” O’Shea, a girl whose own uncle wouldn’t pick her for the pee-wee football team no matter how kickass she was… because she was a girl. The movie’s got a lot of stuff going on, but Becky’s plot arc is one where she struggles with being the only child of a single parent, a teen with her first crush, a tomboy who feels pressured to conform to femininity so that boys won’t overlook her as a romantic prospect, and so good at football that she scares the pants off her teammates. In other words, she was awesome.

Erin DiMeglio, though, is another level of awesome, as a high school student who may be the state of Florida’s first female quarterback to play in a regular season high school football game.


I Want to Believe

Exec. Producer of FIFA’s Video Games Says No Women This Year, Will Happen “At Some Point”

David Rutter, executive producer of the official yearly FIFA video games featuring the exclusive likenesses of professional soccer players and teams from around the world, has said that including any women or women’s teams in the game is something that will happen. Naturally, it won’t be in this year’s FIFA ’13, and he can provide no time table as to when women’s national teams will actually make it into the game, or a game.

Now before you roll your eyes (because I rolled my eyes) and move on, you should hear the rest of what he had to say.



Meet Shannon Eastin, the NFL’s First Female Official

Today in things that we didn’t know but which do not surprise us: No woman has ever officiated an NFL game. That’s about to change. Shannon Eastin, a referee for the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference, will fill that position. With sixteen years of officiating experience under her belt, we’d say she’s ready. She’d say so, too.


Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: DC’s Newly Gay Character Looks Like Someone We’ve Met Before

As part of DC Comics‘ New 52, one character was rumored to be rebooted as an openly gay character, but who was it going to be? Well, on the heels of Marvel‘s gay wedding, we now know that it will be the Green Lantern himself, Alan Scott, exiting the closet, and making the DC universe more diverse and inclusive!

But, something reminds us of another gay comic book character, something about the garb… Hmmm… (via The Beat, image via anonymous tip))


You know nothing Jon Snow

George R.R. Martin Nervous About Game Of Thrones Season 2, Not A Fan Of Tebow?

A Song of Ice and Fire scribe, George R.R. Martin, has been pretty content with HBO’s adaptation of Game of Thrones but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t still get nervous from time to time. There’s one scene in particular coming up in Season 2 that’s causing him concern. And have you ever stopped and wondered what the writer thinks of football? No? Well look no further, we’ve got Martin’s thoughts on a famous NFL star right here.


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This is What 46,000 Female Turkish Soccer Fans Sound Like

The Turkish Football Federation has been having a lot of trouble lately with violence at matches, and the most successful strategy they’ve found so far to combat it is to ban adult men from the matches of any team that has been reprimanded for the unruliness of its fans. No really, according to the National Turk, women’s attendance at soccer matches is generally very low, but over 45,000 women attended as the Fenerbahce and Manisaspor teams went head to head.


Vital Information for Your Everyday Life

Male Football Players Fake Injury Twice as Often as Female Ones

The International Federation of Association Football (that’s FIFA, despite its appearance to English speakers) took a stand in 2008 against players faking injury injury simulation, and called for “the football family to unite in denouncing injury simulation and working to eradicate this scourge from the game.”

Well, we’re sure they’ll be hearing about Daryl Rosenbaum‘s study showing that women’s leagues show half the rate of “injury simulation” than men’s leagues do.