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What if we talked about NHL players the way the media talks about female athletes?: "Chicago Blackhawks can go back to being fathers, partners and sons today, but they have taken on another title -- heroes""

posted by rumple to hockey at 03:38 PM on July 13 - 4 comments

Serena Williams and the Fear of a Dominant Black Woman: '.... it’s surprising that Williams’s story of picking up a tennis racquet in Compton and ending up the greatest women’s tennis player of all time hasn’t been turned into a homily on Americana. “If Serena were smaller, lighter, and less connected to her roots she would probably be more popular,” says Kendall. “But racism means that many Americans look at her refusal to be ashamed of coming from the inner city, her rejection of European beauty aesthetics, and her spectacular record and see a negro that doesn’t know her place.”'

posted by rumple to tennis at 12:17 PM on July 13 - 13 comments

Top women tennis players balance body image with ambition: "Williams said that one particular long-sleeved garment would help her go unnoticed in public. “My arms are really fit, but I wanted to cover them, because when I do people don’t recognize me as much,” she said. [......] “It’s our decision to keep her as the smallest player in the top 10,” said Tomasz Wiktorowski, the coach of Agnieszka Radwanska, who is listed at 5 feet 8 and 123 pounds. “Because, first of all she’s a woman, and she wants to be a woman.”

posted by rumple to tennis at 11:54 AM on July 11 - 22 comments

Calvin Peete: who taught himself how to play golf at 24[!!] and became the most successful black player on the PGA Tour before the arrival of Tiger Woods, died Wednesday morning, the PGA Tour said. He was 71.

posted by rumple to golf at 02:02 PM on April 29 - 3 comments

The gym on the Titanic, and other early 19th century ocean liners.: "I was up early before breakfast and met the professional racquet player in a half hour's warming up for a swim in the six foot deep tank of saltwater heated to a refreshing temperature." -- Colonel Archibald Gracie, Titanic Survivor.

posted by rumple to general at 04:56 PM on March 20 - 2 comments

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CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

BC by 12

Edmonton by 29

Montreal by 10

Hamilton by 5

posted by rumple at 02:16 AM on July 29

Lou Lamoriello new Maple Leafs GM

Yes the Leafs have a steep uphill - they are five years behind what smarter clubs realized when rebuilding, and the landscape is only becoming more competitive. It'll take a while before it is easy for them to sign decent free agents at reasonable cost as well, I suspect.

I just posted to the huddle this piece showing some Toronto media has soured on Lamoriello already :)

posted by rumple at 08:36 PM on July 26

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Knives in Toronto are already out for Lou Lamoriello.

Something, something, popcorn.

posted by rumple at 08:32 PM on July 26

Lou Lamoriello new Maple Leafs GM

There's this thing called "playoffs" which Leafs fans may need to learn about.

And yeah I can dream about them losing to the Sens, but in reality, this whole Shanascheme likely works and I hate them more than ever once they win the cup, dammit.

posted by rumple at 04:40 PM on July 24

Lou Lamoriello new Maple Leafs GM

The Leafs seemed to be strongly moving in the direction of the analytics and "fancy stats". I wonder what Lou's feelings are towards that? Is he too old for that? The league is definitely changing at the moment with smaller, fast, skilled players being more recognized. That could change of course but drafting a bunch of dinosaurs is not going to go well at the moment.

What the Leafs need to do the most in the next few years is draft well and draft often. Since the 1990s I'm to sure the Devils drafting has been anything to write home about and I'm not sure Lou himself is up to speed with the game these days.

It's going to be a good show either way, I'm actually hoping for a complete trainwreck that sees Babcock fired in March despite having the Leafs in first overall, and Lou moving behind the bench then getting blown out in the first round by the Sens.

posted by rumple at 12:20 PM on July 24

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Thanks DJE. I knew I couldn't be doing that well overall but couldn't be bothered to go back and check previous results either. Thanks for running the contest. I expect to put in s strong bid for the Costanza when all is said and done.

posted by rumple at 02:14 AM on July 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Calgary by 14

BC by 8

Edmonton by 10

Saskatchewan by 3

Also, it looks like some of the scores don't add up. OK, mine doesn't appear to add up.

posted by rumple at 10:30 AM on July 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Or how about Zach Johnson? Sure, he just won the Open. But he probably should have retired before the tournament began, don't you think? He's the same age as Tiger Woods: 39. His last major came in 2007 at the Masters, more than a year before Woods won his last major at the 2008 US Open. Woods won five tournaments as recently as 2013. Johnson had only won five tournaments over the previous five years.

I guess you should enjoy your Claret Jug, Johnson. But know that you don't deserve it. You should have quit the sport a week ago. That's indisputable sports media logic.

posted by rumple at 01:58 PM on July 21

Indiana Pacers to Wear "Hoosiers" Inspired Uniform

Yeah but at least those brands make the actual equipment. This is advertising for a movie. I guess the "Mighty Ducks of Anaheim" crossed that barrier, this should be derided to the same extent.

I suppose the trend for camoflauge uniforms is more or less Armed Forces recruiting advertising as well, though arguably more subtle than this example.

posted by rumple at 01:57 PM on July 21

Indiana Pacers to Wear "Hoosiers" Inspired Uniform

Isn't this basically the introduction of major advertising to North American sports uniforms (big 4 sports anyhow)?

posted by rumple at 12:59 PM on July 21

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Montreal by 5

Edmonton by 7

BC by 4

Calgary by 10

posted by rumple at 11:43 AM on July 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Tiger Woods still has his sights set on Jack Nicklaus' majors record.

"I'm still young".

posted by rumple at 01:44 PM on July 14

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

This is a funny and well-written piece on Australian Test Cricketer Shane Watson, a "galloping fridge"

The thinking around how to play Watson has been some of the knottiest, most complex intellectual work produced in Australia this century. [burn!]

In sympathy with these sudden, jolting shifts across the spectrum of play, Watson's management of his own body has been, perhaps inevitably, similarly confused: bulky one day, lissom the next, he's never hit on the best strategy to tune his frame this fragile tuba to its optimal pitch. It's almost as if the man, having tested seemingly every position in the batting lineup and experimented with wildly divergent styles of bowling and muscular conditioning, has ended up estranged from himself. He's become a stranger to his own physique.

In the process, he's also become a stranger to the Australian dressing room.

posted by rumple at 01:40 PM on July 14

Top women tennis players balance body image with ambition

Female athletes often face the femininity police -- especially Serena Williams

These particular insults, especially when lobbed at black women, are difficult to see as anything other than racist, especially given their history as ways to denigrate the womanhood and sexuality of black women. But, Williams isn't the first female athlete to endure this treatment; she isn't even the first tennis player. It's common for women athletes especially when they win to be derided as something other than women.

When Dominika Cibulkova lost to Sam Stosur back in 2012, she repeatedly stated that playing Stosur was "like playing a man". Amelie Mauresmo, former tennis dynamo, received flak about her sexuality, her gender and her physique. Martina Navratilova, widely regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, was constantly derided as looking manly. And, when 6'8" WBNA athlete Brittney Griner showed off her dunking skills, she too was called "a man". Griner's response to the criticism? "Hey, that's my body, and I look the way I look."

Track and field athletes, soccer players, basketball players, tennis players, you name it: in any sport in which a woman has to actually train to be a formidable competitor, and has a physique that reflects that, you'll find discussion of their reputed sexual desirability (or supposed lack thereof) permeating the conversation.

posted by rumple at 01:36 PM on July 14

Top women tennis players balance body image with ambition

What's the equivalent in a male sport? A swimmer not shaving his body despite knowing they will lose 5/100 of a second? It's more or less unthinkable. Maybe some of the golfers who could be more fit, but then, they aren't really schlubbing off to enhance their looks.

The double standard for women is real enough. Change comes from both directions - (men) appreciate female athletic dominance however it looks; (women) don't leave anything on the red carpet?

Another factor here is the relatively revealing uniforms women often wear. If Serena had baggy shorts and men's tennis shorts her physique would be a lot less noticeable. Of course from her perspective, her physique may in fact be intimidating and a competitive advantage.

posted by rumple at 03:45 PM on July 13