Category Archives: sports

Guest Blogger: Aminata Dansoko

Fun Does Not Destroy Our Education Instead, It Helps It

A science geek that I am, I was on the ScienceNews website to check out some new in the science world. I came across this article call “Skateboarders Rock Physics.”

The article talks about how Skateboarders are learning physics without realizing that they are. The way the jump and do tricks are all in the name of physics.

It is said that Skateboarders use their intuition and motor memory to determine that a sharp early descent creates a speed advantage and this is something not even physicists can grasp the idea of. So Skateboarding has it advantages in that a skateboarder might know more physics then a person with a PhD in physics. This is amazing.

Now it is up to you to decide if you believe this or not. But I think education is not just want we learn in school. It is more than that, sometimes we learn more outside the walls of a class. I challenge you to go have fun and see the relation between what you learn in class and the activity your doing. You might just find a connection!!! Skateboarder’s certainly have.


Guest Blogger: Rich Jarrett

Why the St. Louis Cardinals will not even make the playoffs next year?

The St. Louis Cardinals made us all remember how important it is to never give up, even in the very end. With their come-from-behind victories in games six and seven, thanks to third baseman David Freese’s heroics, the Cardinals won their first Championship since 2006. But I am afraid to tell you Cardinals fans that this is the last Championship for a while.

With the departure of Tony La Russa, arguably one of the best baseball managers ever, the Cardinals don’t know where to turn. So far, they have been searching through the minors, looking for a young, rising star coach. But right now, the foundation of their winning franchise is retired, and does not want to return. Leaving them with no leadership.

Probably the biggest reason why the Cardinals will not be a winning team nest season, is because they are about to lose Albert Pujols, the cornerstone of the franchise, and arguably the best player in all of baseball. Pujols has been the face of the team ever since he was brought up in 2001. Winning rookie of the year that season, Pujols quickly developed himself into one of the most feared hitters in the game, and with his passion for the diamond turned himself into one of the greatest baseball has ever seen. Pujols carried these characteristics into the 2011 postseason and carried the cardinals on his back all the way to the World Series.

But, the problem is not that Pujols is aging, it’s that he may not be wearing a redbird jersey in 2012, which is incredibly hard to imagine. Pujols is now a free-agent, and the cardinals are trying to gather enough money to pay the immensely talented player, who is looking for Adrian Gonzalez money that the Cardinals just don’t have right now, due to being tied up in the contracts of Matt Holliday, Lance Berkman and Adam Wainwright. If Pujols doesn’t return, its safe to say that the Cardinals will not be a contender.

Another mystery in the world-series winning franchise is their pitching staff. This is because their only reliable pitcher, Chris Carpenter, is constantly injury-prone, and is their only truly reliable option on the mound. No one knows what Adam Wainwright (their obvious second-best option on the team) is going to look like after missing two whole seasons by getting Tommy-John surgery. He very may well turn out to be another Brandon Webb, who showed much promise, but career ruined by the popular medical procedure.

The Cardinals will not be a good team in the 2012 season, and most certainly will not repeat for a ring. The reasons are blatant and every analyst is unanimously agreeing. I think that the cardinals should do everything they can to rebuild for a brighter future by trading everyone away and investing in young prospects. But for now, well see what they can do with what they have.

FW: Corn Dog Movie

OK, I have done this freewrite several times already but last night I sat through yet another viewing of Stick It. This damn flick!

Those of you that know me already know I am a huge fan of gymnastics. I especially like gymnastics because I pretty much like watching people fall on their asses. And no one falls better than a gymnast. So elegant, so graceful, so splat on their face.

so yeah, I love Stick It simply because it’s all that gymnastics stuff and the movie is basically a big FU to USA Gymnastics. The climatic moment of the film is when one of the girls is up for a vault and she gets points deducted for having her bra strap show. All the gymnasts are pretty pissed at the stupidity and limitations of the judging committee so they end up pretty much blowing the entire meet by doing their own thing.

Best scene: Wei Wei’s beam routine. This chick “rocks it out” (as any Toddler’s and Tiara contestant would say). it kicks some major ass. And it’s fun to watch. Thank GOD for YouTube.

yeah, I can watch this stupid movie a million times and still be pretty content. It was on ABC Family all weekend of fall break. And I watched it all six times. And yeah, I do already own. It is what it is.

Guest Blogger: Rich Jarrett

2011 New York Mets

I am what many would consider to be a die-hard New York Mets fan. I have loved them like a brother my entire life. My father, who is also a Mets fan, was the one who originally got me into the Mets when I was very little.

Being a die-hard fan of the Mets is not an easy job, considering they are one of the most disappointing franchises of the past decade. But another part of my fanhood is being a die-hard critic. So, since I am such a harsh critic, one could expect me to write about how much I am not looking forward to the upcoming 2011 season for the Mets.

They have a ton of rebuilding to do, considering that compared to the other teams in the division, the Mets have no depth in their pitching rotation, a second basemen who plays like he is about to collapse to his death, no reliable catcher, and a management production team that doesn’t have any money. This is part of loving a franchise. Every team goes through its ups and downs (except for those damn Yankees) but to me, it just seems like the New York Mets are always a joke. But, I love em, thats for sure.

Guest Blogger: Emily D’Addario

Female Athletes: With Fame Comes Nudity

I’ve always been a huge fan of UConn women’s basketball because of their ability to consistently perform at such a high level. As back to back national champions in 2009 and 2010, they remain at the top of women’s college basketball with a NCAA-record winning streak of 78 consecutive games. Diana Taurasi, a standout at UConn from 2000-2004, led the team to three consecutive national championships. In addition to the national recognition she received during her college career, Taurasi was held in celebrity status by many young girls and teenage athletes. We were her biggest fans! We continued to follow our hero as she was selected first overall in the 2004 WNBA Draft and went on to win a Gold medal at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.

But most recently, you can spot Taurasi on the cover of the magazine ESPN, Body Issue.

Her nude picture has shocked many of her fans who once looked up to her as a role model. Getting naked once you’re famous seems to be the norm for most successful athletes, but why must the media go there? The media shows so few women playing sports, and the small number of images that we do see are intentionally sexualized. Women look quite strong and independent in their uniforms, but the media purposefully accentuates the sexier, feminine portrait off the playing field.

Many others came before Taurasi; the most well known seductive pose was of Brandi Chastain in Sports Illustrated wearing nothing but a soccer ball.

How do children make sense of these images? Today, girls are forced to compete with what they see in the media. The message to young girls is that to be any kind of athlete and to get any form of attention, they need to be beautiful and thin. While it’s acceptable to participate in a variety of activities at a young age, image is everything and it’s better to be an attractive, athletic super star above all else. Girls who play sports are most noticed and talked about when they look good.

Diana Taurasi claimed to have fun doing the photo shoot and said afterwards,

I am who I am…whether I have clothes on or off.

Taurasi’s agent echoed her with,

Every woman is multi-dimensional and Diana’s strength isn’t constrained to her undeniable athletic resume. Her photos are fearless and beautiful and the shoot was a challenge that she embraced.

I understand that such a decision is a personal choice and can be argued both ways. In the end, I am most disappointed that rather than continue to pursue her own identity, she let the media create one for her. My role model is just one more athlete that can be added to the list of Olympians who have made the choice to pose as nude models. As Audrey Brashich said in her article on girl power,

The universal message for girls becomes that it doesn’t matter how you start out – you’ll end up becoming a sexy, ultrafeminine woman.

How’s this for progress?

The first ever female high school football coach!

[thanks Morgan!]

Guest Blogger: Matt Hursh

Women in Sports Media

Ines Sainz was just trying to do her job…well allegedly.

About a week ago, reports surfaced that Sainz, a female journalist for a Mexican television station, had been harassed while attending a New York Jets practice in pursuit of a story on Mark Sanchez, the football team’s quarterback. Allegedly, Sainz, and admittedly attractive woman, was harassed by Jets players in the team locker room and on the practice field. The <em>New York Post reported that a coach purposely threw passes that landed near Sainz on the sidelines and players made suggestive comments in the locker room directed towards Sainz.

The Jets public relations’ team unsurprisingly issued an immediate public apology to Sainz, which she publicly accepted. However, the issue did not immediately go away. A day later, Clinton Portis, a football player for the Washington Redskins, told the Washington D.C.’s 106.7 The Fan radio station the following:

You know man, I think you put women reporters in the locker room in positions to see guys walking around naked, and you sit in the locker room with 53 guys, and all of a sudden you see a nice woman in the locker room, I think men are gonna tend to turn and look and want to say something to that woman.

NFL analyst Brian Baldinger also threw this statement at Tony Bruno during his radio show on 97.5 The Fanatic of Philadelphia:

Listen, these are painted on jeans. She’s got a shirt that’s glued to her body. There is nothing out of place. If you want her to do an interview with Mark Sanchez, put her in a room with Mark Sanchez. Don’t take her through the locker room. I don’t think the Jets are wrong in any of this. I don’t think they have to apologize for any of this. And for her to make claims on harassment…I think she is just inviting it all upon herself.

Baldinger also said that Sainz was “just asking for it” based on the clothes she wears and her attractiveness.

Man is there a lot to say here, but I’ll try to keep it relatively short. While Baldinger’s remarks were obviously misogynistic and ignorant, he makes a sensible point in saying that Sainz should not have been allowed in the locker room. Locker rooms are a private situation that is teeming with testosterone, and allowing an attractive reporter into that setting seems to be inviting trouble. It’s not a case of restricting the rights of women reporters (she can still do her interview, but in a different setting), but is rather a case of sensibility. Women reporters don’t need to be in that particular setting to do their job well, just as men that cover women’s sports shouldn’t be allowed/don’t need to be in women’s team locker rooms as well.

As for Baldinger’s statement that Sainz was asking for it based on her appearance, I cannot possibly defend that opinion. While any reporter should be dressing professionally, it’s hard to draw a line there that can be agreed upon by everyone. No one is in any place to tell Sainz what she should or should not wear, as long as it is professional and respectable.

However, this brings up the question of whether women are afforded equal opportunity in sports media. What does everyone think?

Guest Blogger: Bre Nasypany

Show a Little Leg and They Will Come?

All women have different reasons for playing sports but until recently I was not aware that looking good was one of them. Let’s face it, not all of us look pretty after playing in a game or practice but maybe if we threw on a skirt we would?

Apparently being a competitive, hard-nosed, skilled, athlete isn’t good enough anymore. In order to reel in more fans and money we need to be wearing something for the guys to look at. Women athletes work just as hard as the men, play just as tough, put in the same amount of time and effort in the weight room and on the field, court, pool, or wherever and are definitely just as competitive. So why has being a female athlete turned into a modeling agency? Let us be grass stained and bloody when we are competing. Female athletes should be respected for what they can do in their sport and not for what they show up to play in.

Ice Skating: OUT. Gymnastics: IN.

This afternoon was the Tyson American Cup. This is a pretty big deal for gymnastics—not only is it the major international meet on American soil, it is the first meet of the season when most gymnasts present their newest routines for the first time. What premiered today gave us an idea of who might end up in London in two years.

I won’t tell you who won—you can hit up the website and check out for yourself. And I am sure that the videos will be up on YouTube before the night is out. I just have this to ask: will the Romanians ever reclaim their brilliance? Check out 1984. ‘Cuz seriously, they really are the best gymnasts out there but this last decade and a half, they have pretty much faltered.

So the Romanians have two years to get their act together. Which is just enough time for me to start getting you all pumped with excitement.

Yes, I know I am going to hell. You all told me that when I posted my last round of athlete’s accidents before the 2010 Olympic disaster. For the record, there is not a gymnastic accident on video that I have never seen. Just so you know.

While not an accident or blooper, a bad-ass beam routine:

That’s So Gay

This seems to have been the week for pop culture gayness. First, there was Johnny Weir’s response to the homophobic comments that were aimed his way from sportscasters during the Olympics:

Then there was a huge uproar over a lesbian kiss between Olivia and Kathy Griffin’s character on SVU. First the scene was leaked:

Then there was a response:

NBC cuts homophobic scene from Law & Order SVU episode “PC”

[Disclaimer: I was one of the people that tweeted the Executive Producer about the comment.]

There seems to be some confusion over why these issues are even worth discussing. They’re just words, right?

Here are some of the things said about Johnny Weir’s performance:

This may not be politically correct…But do you think he lost points due to his costume and his body language?

We should make him pass a gender test at this point.

all the boys who skate will end up like him … It sets a bad example.

They don’t leave anything in the locker room these blokes, do they?
They don’t leave anything in the closet either, do they?

These are some of the things said on the SVU Fans Message Board concerning the scene from SVU being cut:

I thought the scene and remark she was actually a little humorous and not offensive at all. People are so uptight these days.

I’m just scratching my head at this, that people are so upset over a little joke, I mean if she had said it maliciously then I would understand the outrage better.

Utterly STUPID>

Honestly, if a show causes people this much stress/anxiety over a scene, maybe it’s time to find a new show?

There was nothing homophobic about the statement itself. I understand that homophobia exists but people need to get out of the mindset of seeing homophobia in every single slight to a gay individual.

The comment to the other cop at the end was not homophobic at all. I took it in reference of yes, the kiss – of course, who wouldn’t wanna get away and never come back(??)

Lemme ask again: They’re just words, right?

Think B4 You Speak