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Last month, we reported on Diana Nyad’s incredible 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida. Now Nyad is doing something even cooler: she’s swimming for Superstorm Sandy relief. Diana certainly doesn't cease to amaze us! As a part of “Nyad: Swim for Relief,” Nyad will be in New York City, swimming a total of 48 continuous hours in order to raise funds for the AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. Her cause certainly doesn't come as a ... Read More
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 days, the NFL has been ... Read More
  I’ll tell the story of “The Battle of the Sexes” the way it was told to me as a little girl on my way to my first national horse show. My father explained to me: Even after Title IX gave women athletes the rights to proper funding, the public did not have the same reverence for women’s sports as they did for men’s. Nowhere was this more apparent than in tennis. Former tennis star Bobby Riggs notoriously disrespected women and ... Read More
Australian Surfer Stephanie Gilmore in Roxy Promo The surf clothing brand Roxy recently released a promotional video starring female surfer Stephanie Gilmore. Instead of the expected shots of wave-riding and mind-blowing athleticism, the ad features Gilmore rolling around in bed in a pair of navy undies, showering, and getting dressed. It even includes a shot that focuses only the athlete’s breasts.  Never one to shy away from a challenge, Cori ... Read More
  Have you ever spent thirty-five years tirelessly trying to do something extraordinary? Swimmer and motivational speaker Diana Nyad has. For over three decades, she has braved treacherous waters, swollen lips, and painful jellyfish stings with one goal in mind: to swim from Cuba to Florida. And yesterday, on her fifth and final try, SHE DID IT.   Nyad is now the first person ever to complete this journey without a shark cage. This is, of course, a ... Read More
As usual, a woman can’t just be celebrated for her achievements, but needs to be scrutinized by the media and the public for her appearance. Today’s example comes from the always-hypocritical world of sports. Women athletes are often over-sexualized and praised for their attractiveness, while male athletes are mostly in the spotlight for their achievements relevant to what they do. It seems that no matter the accomplishment, women can not escape ... Read More
The story of Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o and his fake girlfriend might very well be the most shocking, absorbing, and tragicomic sports story of our generation (or at least of this news cycle). If you happen to live under a rock, or are allergic to Deadspin, here’s the down and dirty: Te’o became a tragic media darling in September, when it was reported that his beloved grandmother and his girlfriend, Stanford graduate Lennay Kekua, had ... Read More
There is a #boobment going on, ladies and gents, and it’s taking the college sports world by storm via the good old Internets. Shots of headless, cleavage baring chests repping beloved college teams are submitted via email and twitter to become the boobs of the day in an effort to spread team spirit and good luck. The ladies behind the movement claim that it is “totally feminist.” Except it’s not. The good luck ritual of fans posting photos ... Read More
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 known for a tricky ... Read More
Skateboarding is pretty cool.  A girl skateboarding is awesome.  But a girl skateboarding in Afghanistan?  Probably couldn’t get better than that. Skateistan began as a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Now, they’re an international nonprofit charity providing skateboarding and educational programming in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and Pakistan.  Their main goal is to use skateboarding as a tool for ... Read More
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