Jen Welter, a former college rugby player, will be the first female coach in NFL history. Welter will be joining the Arizona Cardinals as a training camp and preseason intern coaching inside linebackers for the upcoming season. I don’t even know much about football, and this is super exciting to me—I love the idea of a super cool lady bossing the men around in such a testosterone-y environment. “The truth is, [Welter] has more playing experience than some of the coaches who coach me now,” one team member said. Read More
BY Holly Trantham
on Jan 31, 2015
While there is so much amazing, female-friendly television programming out there at the moment, it’s hard to fathom a world in which women's media interests actually outrank those of their be-penised counterparts. But once a year, we get a taste of what that world would be like: Super Bowl Sunday might take up all the bandwidth on ESPN, but all the other channels are acutely aware that non-sports fans, ladies included, might want to watch something (anything) other than sports. Forget the Oscars. Read More
BY Emma Tilden
on Jul 26, 2014
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was caught on camera, dragging the unconscious body of his girlfriend Janay Palmer out of an Atlantic City casino elevator. In the video, Palmer is limp, and though Rice tries repeatedly to prop her body up, she continues to fall to the ground.
Now he has been suspended for two games. I’m sorry, what? Two games? That is an insultingly brief suspension!
The NFL maintains that the punishment is, in fact, quite stringent. It’s going to cost him around $700,000—of his $15 million signing bonus.
No. Not acceptable. Read More
BY Mary Rockcastle
on Jun 19, 2014
“I know that football can be really hard to understand, especially for us women, because the female eye can’t actually see spherical shapes. Side note: that’s why high heels aren’t circular,” says Lex Croucher, dripping in layers of sarcasm.
I’ve been following Lex Croucher, also known as tyrannosauruslexxx on youtube, since I was 15. I’ll admit, at first I just thought she was pretty and I’m kind of like a bird who likes to look at pretty things. Read More
BY Elle Brosh
on Jun 18, 2014
For the passed couple of decades, Native American activists and advocacy groups have been campaigning for Washington D.C.'s NFL football team, The Redskins, to change its blatantly racist name and logo. Although there is a law that prohibits the trademarking of offensive racial terms, all law suits, legal fights, and canvassing have been unfairly ineffective.
However, more recently, the battle has gained the national attention it deserves after a California tribe bought airtime during Game 3 of the NBA finals on June 10th. Read More
If there are two things I love, it’s animals and Ellen DeGeneres. Since it’s Ellen’s birthday this week, she decided to break the rules a little bit and share her very special Super Bowl commercial ahead of time. Ellen stars as Goldilocks—Ellilocks, if you will—except instead of searching for porridge, she really wants to groove out to the perfect tune on the app Beats Music. Always the animal lover, Ellen ends up having a blast with the bears (and a few of their woodland friends) as they all dance “happily ever after!” Take a look below. Read More
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. Read More
BY Katie Fustich
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 NFL began taking action against M.I.A. about a month after the incident occurred. Continuously, she’s been asked to pay a fine of $1. Read More
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 potato-chip- and beer-serving meat puppet.
Enough sarcasm; here’s a dumb thing that happened this week. Read More
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. Read More