Category: Sports

Tampons for the Sporty Set

The latest Playtex commercial is aimed at female athletes. Check it out: The Slate article about this ad points out that this is a step beyond fear-based tampon ads, which centered around the horrors of using a faulty tampon while…

Basketball Grannies

I read this story with interest: Playing basketball isn’t ladylike. That’s what Jewell Chapman’s high school principal told her in 1961 when he banned the girls basketball program. “We were very frustrated,” said Chapman, a forward for her high school…

What The –?

Well, here’s one of those odd stories that are a little more complicated than one would expect at first blush: a man in Wappingers Falls, N.Y*. was kicked out of a Planet Fitness gym … for grunting. Albert Argibay, a…

Scoring by any other name

Pushing marriage as a way to encourage stability isn’t just for President Bush anymore. Apparently, it’s also for soccer coaches. “Bulgarian soccer club Litex Lovech wants its talented striker, Ivelin Popov, to curb his wild off-field living.” So what’s their…

Concerned Women for College Sports

Tbogg, father of the lovely and talented soccer-playing Casey, has a post up about a new group with the innocuous-sounding name of the College Sports Council. Not surprisingly, if you scratch the surface, you find anti-Title IX groups looking to…

Should Male Athletes Get Pregnancy Leave?

USA Today has a story about a male college athlete who’s challenging the NCAA’s eligibility rules that allow female athletes a one-year extension of eligibility for pregnancy. The NCAA’s pregnancy exception states a school “may approve a one-year extension of…

Higher Standards, Once Again.

Michelle Wie is all of 16 years old. She’s a pro golfer, and she’s been trying for a year or so — since she was 15 — to qualify for a number of professional men’s tournaments. She just failed to…