by Susana Polo | 4:53 pm, April 29th, 2013
Because teenagerdom is a mess, but some people handle it better than others.
by Susana Polo | 4:53 pm, April 29th, 2013
by Rebecca Pahle | 1:15 pm, February 22nd, 2013
I’m not normally all that impressed by basketball trick shot videos. A lot of the ones I’ve seen have people just chucking the ball in the right direction and hoping for the best. But William Carey University cheerleader Ashlee Arnau seems to have willed that thing into the hoop with her supernatural cheerleading powers. I couldn’t make a free throw or do a flip, never mind both.
by Jill Pantozzi | 2:00 pm, February 14th, 2013
It was just another day on the course for Swedish golfer Daniela Holmqvist. Until she was bit by a Black Widow spider, that is. Did the rookie run off to seek medical attention? No, she used a golf tee to cut into her skin and remove the venom. Daniela Holmqvist, you are a superhero.READ MORE
by Susana Polo | 9:34 am, February 12th, 2013
by Susana Polo | 4:12 pm, February 5th, 2013
True Story: The last time I saw the tail end of A League of Their Own, I had to look away so that I didn’t cry (becausethere’snocryinginbaseball). True details: I was running. On a treadmill. At the gym. And the television was on mute. One of the last times I was actually unable to not cry even by great force of will at a movie screening, it was a combination of watching The Muppets and knowing that Jim Henson‘s wife and daughter were in attendance.
So, from this evidence, I postulate that if there was anything guaranteed to make me cry buckets of salt tears, it would have been watching A League of Their Own with Lavonne “Pepper” Paire-Davis, who died this weekend at the age of 88.READ MORE
by Susana Polo | 11:44 am, November 13th, 2012
ESPN, coding, and women aren’t three things you’d expect to see in connection to each other, unless, perhaps, it was a statement about how the cultures of the first two aren’t generally known for involving a lot of the latter, at least in participatory roles. And then there’s the notorious rivalry on screen and stage of “Jocks vs. Geeks.”
But this weekend two hundred people, most of them women, came together at Stanford University for espnW’s first Hack Day, a competition to see who could code the best mobile app for sports fans, regardless of their gender.READ MORE
by Susana Polo | 4:14 pm, August 30th, 2012
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.READ MORE
by Jill Pantozzi | 2:09 pm, July 19th, 2012
Japan’s women’s soccer team scored a huge win for their country last year when they beat the United States for the World Cup. But apparently that amounts to nothing. They flew to Europe earlier this week along with the men’s team in anticipation of the London Olympics. The men had seats in business class. The women sat in coach. And they aren’t the only team seated this way. What gives?READ MORE
by Alanna Bennett | 11:45 am, July 13th, 2012
There may be no crying in baseball, but maybe they’ll make an exception for this case. Known as one of the best athletes of the women’s baseball league of World War II, Doris “Sammye” Sams, also known as “Dauntless Doris,” died in a nursing home in Tennessee on June 28th.READ MORE
by Kellie Foxx-Gonzalez | 2:01 pm, July 12th, 2012
For those of us in the Northeast, our fandom-based pleasures are often woefully far away — Comic-Con is in San Diego, Disney is based in both California and smack dab in the middle of Florida, with Universal’s Marvel Island right along side it. But now, with any luck, DreamWorks animation may answer our prayers for a closer source of franchise-based amusement with their plans to build a new theme park in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Who’s ready for a Puss In Boots ride?READ MORE