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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 both died within a timespan of six hours. 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. 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 flip/headstand move that’s sure to bring a nostalgic tear to the heart of any Superfan.   Bringing in the noise and/or funk. 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. Read More
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 Sam’s a girl. A video of Sam’s amazing feats is going viral on YouTube, helped along by Buzzfeed. Read More
  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 Steelers linebacker Larry Foote said, “Women are more honest and fair than men and they know how to catch a man cheating. Read More
The Augusta National Golf Club, aka the Masters Tournament course, has decided to allow women (albeit only two) into their prestigious club in Georgia. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and financier Darla Moore are the two first female members.   Some are praising the club for this move, and noting that it represents a milestone for women in business. However, I can’t understand why any woman would even want to be part of a club that has only now, in 2012, decided to allow women to join. In a related note, the club didn't admit its first African-American member until 1990. Read More
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 chief, has over 17 years of experience including high school games. Read More
Olympians aren't just great at setting athletic records. This year, they'll all take home the gold. The gold magnum, that is.  At the London 2012 Olympics, a record number of condoms will be distributed to the men and women of the Olympic village. That's fifteen condoms per person, courtesy of Durex. I actually feel like the Olympians might have more sex than that. They are, after all, the world's physical best, so they have to be doing something right in the bedroom. At five cents a condom, that would be a grand total of $7,500. Read More
As the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games gets closer and closer--and the internet continues to buzz with anticipation--it seems like the perfect time to discover these incredible sports-themed collages by Berlin artist Jens Ullrich. Ullrich seamlessly combines kinetic sports photos with black and white images of classical sculptures that are surprisingly energetic. Whether they have you jonesing to hit the gym the second you get off work or itching to reclaim your collaging-shears to cut up every old magazine in sight, Ullrich's images are certainly inspiring. Read More