Posted by: Adrienne Tooley
on Sep 25, 2013
A stereotypical view of NFL games conjures images of men in face paint pounding beers and eating copious amounts of junk food, leaving their wives/girlfriends/families at home. But those generalizations can be squashed as women continue to grow as an important part of the sport’s fan base.
According to ESPN, 44 percent of NFL TV viewers are women, up from 34 percent in 2011. As far as getting more women in the stadium for game ... Read More
Posted by: Katie Fustich
in Music Stuff
on Sep 20, 2013
Remember when M.I.A. tossed up her middle finger during her appearance at the 2012 SuperBowl? Yeah, it’s cool—I really don’t remember it either. Even the FCC never gave her any heat about it, and what do you know? The world is still fully functional and humans haven’t quite yet resorted to cannibalism.
As it turns out, not everyone is satisfied with the current state of affairs. It has recently come to light that the ... Read More
Posted by: Melanie Mignucci
on Aug 21, 2013
My XX chromosomes can be confusing, even vexing, sometimes.
Between preparing anxiously for Aunt Flo to come into town and making sure the men in my life are kept fed, sheltered and nourished emotionally, I barely have time to keep up on news of the day, let alone devote time to understanding sports. There’s something about sweaty men chasing after a ball that makes my estrogen-addled brain shut down completely, reducing me to a ... Read More
Posted by: Sholeh Hajmiragha
on Mar 08, 2013
The Nigeria Women Football League has announced an official ban of lesbians from Nigerian women’s soccer. Dilichukwu Onyedinma, a member of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) announced earlier this week that “Any player that we find is associated with [lesbianism] will be disqualified.”
The ban violates FIFA’s anti-discrimination policies, which states “Discrimination of any kind against a ... Read More
Posted by: Maggie Carr
on Dec 11, 2012
I can’t get behind elaborate touchdown dances or emotionally overwrought ESPN documentaries, but I’ll always appreciate the hard work of the mascots on the sidelines.
One of my earliest sports memories is being nuzzled by the Phillie Phanatic as I played a pre-game show on the field with my elementary school band. (Popularity: I haz it.) And at my alma mater, inflatable mascot (and John McCain doppelganger) Baldwin the Eagle was ... Read More
Posted by: Erika W. Smith
on Nov 07, 2012
9-year-old starting quarterback Sam Gordon is the star of the Gremlin youth boys tackle football team. Sam’s stats: 1,911 rushing yards, 8.2 yards-per-carry, 25 touchdowns, 65 tackles. According to Sam’s dad, Brent Gordon, there were 172 kids who tried out for a Gremlin team, and Sam tested the fastest in every single speed and agility drill. There’s no doubt about it: Sam is a football star.
Oh, yeah. And ... Read More
Posted by: Brittany Houlihan
on Sep 12, 2012
In case you’re anything like me and know nothing about football, you may not know about Shannon Eastin, who has just made sports history. On Sunday night, she refereed the game between the St. Louis Rams and the Detroit Lions, making her the first-ever woman to referee a NFL regular season game.
There was a lot of positive energy surrounding the first female referee, though some of it was admittedly a little sexist. Pittsburgh ... Read More
Posted by: Intern Ariana
on Aug 10, 2012
Yesterday, the infamous Glass Ceiling got a another pretty big crack in it: Shannon Eastin is the first woman ever to referee a National Football League game. Touchdown! Last night, 42-year-old Eastin presided over the game between the Green Bay Packers and the San Diego Chargers. It was pretty great to see a woman in the traditionally masculine black-and-white uniform.
Eastin, previously a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference referee crew ... Read More
Posted by: Katie Oldaker
on Jan 27, 2011
I am a Pittsburgh native, which means I am obligated to spend every Sunday of the late summer into early fall watching the Steelers play (and this season, beat) various other teams in the NFL. This season, though, I've been finding it hard to push aside my ideals and totally support my team. As some of you may know, our star quarterback (and former golden boy) Ben Roethlisberger was accused of rape this past spring. Surprisingly, this was ... Read More
Posted by: Katie Oldaker
in Boob Tube
on Feb 05, 2010
The Super Bowl is, historically, one of the most-watched events in American television each year. Folks gather far and wide to watch the AFC and the NFC champs duke it out. Although really, the Super Bowl is more about two very very important things: one being food (just writing this so far has made me crave queso dip and pigs in a blanket...) and the other being good old American capitalism via commercial-watching. We've all seen the ... Read More