WNBA Most Valuable Player Lauren Jackson posed nude in an Australian magazine that features Olympic athletes who will compete in Athens.: "My mom and dad loved it." Especially dad.
posted by justgary to basketball at 09:19 PM - 23 comments
O.k. I added the second part.
posted by justgary at 09:19 PM on June 18
Why am I not surprised that you picked up on this gem, but missed Ticha Penicheiro's new assist record, Yolande Griffith's being named to the last spot on the Olympic team, or the upcoming WNBA vs. USA Basketball game in New York? Go back to dissing your least favorite MLB/NBA/NHL/NFL players by comparing them to women; that and the above are the closest y'all will ever come to content on women's sports.
posted by lil_brown_bat at 09:50 PM on June 18
posted by yerfatma at 09:57 PM on June 18
Lil brown bat, I admit that I couldn't care less about any new assist record. Not because it's females playing, but because I can only follow so many sports. What I do find interesting is female athletes wanting to be taken seriously yet also cashing in on female attributes (looks) that have nothing to do with their sport. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with it, but "should they/shouldn't" they is certainly debatable. Feel free to point your anger where you like, but espn, basically the mtv of sports, has this article on the front page. Your links are buried in pages most sports fans never see. Women in sports? I like women's tennis better than mens. I linked to Connecticut's winning streak ending. It's a start. Again, this is one of those situations where it's easier to critisize than actually do anything about it. You could have posted any of those links, but didn't, so take the blame along with me for the lack of "content". Regardless, I find the link amusing because her dad is so gung ho about the spread. Just a little creepy.
posted by justgary at 10:05 PM on June 18
Again, this is one of those situations where it's easier to critisize than actually do anything about it. You could have posted any of those links, but didn't, so take the blame along with me for the lack of "content". Sorry, nope. I've posted plenty; the silence is deafening. But, by the way, that "Go back to..." wasn't so much directed at you specifically, but at The Prevailing Element in spofi (but is she a babe, hyuk hyuk scuse me while I pick up my dragging knuckles). Apologies -- it did read like it was all about you personally. Regardless, I find the link amusing because her dad is so gung ho about the spread. Just a little creepy. Different culture. Not every culture is so wigged out about nudity. I expect the Aussies, and everybody else in the world, is wincing with embarrassment at those gauche Americans and their adolescent prurience.
posted by lil_brown_bat at 10:12 PM on June 18
Apologies -- it did read like it was all about you personally. No problem. I understand what you're saying, and it is a problem. In reality, I really didn't think about it being a wnba link, but more of a female athlete posing nude. I just don't think it's good for any sport. I'd rather watch a great female tennis match than Anna K. lose another match.
posted by justgary at 10:19 PM on June 18
it's not like she posed for playboy or something. she's one of 35 athletes (including men). i think the only reason it's a story on espn is because she plays in an american league (and she's one of the best in said league). it doesn't sound like she did it all for the publicity, but rather it's an honor to be asked to do that particular shoot.
posted by goddam at 10:24 PM on June 18
You lay it on pretty thick, lil_brown_bat. I'm a huge cycling fan, but I don't get prickly about its lack of exposure or the dearth of intelligent cycling conversation on Sportsfilter. The WNBA is a minor sport - deal with it.
posted by dusted at 11:06 PM on June 18
Why am I not surprised that you picked up on this gem, but missed Ticha Penicheiro's new assist record, Yolande Griffith's being named to the last spot on the Olympic team, or the upcoming WNBA vs. USA Basketball game in New York? Novelty ought to count for something around here. It would be pretty dry if we couldn't appreciate odd moments throughout the world of sport. Do you honestly think that if Derek Jeter did a magazine layout exposing his intangibles, it wouldn't rate a link here?
posted by rcade at 12:03 AM on June 19
it doesn't sound like she did it all for the publicity, but rather it's an honor to be asked to do that particular shoot. Yep. Same thing happened in '96 for Atlanta and 2000 for Sydney, when it was just Australian athletes. It's a great portfolio of B/W photography.
posted by etagloh at 06:57 AM on June 19
dusted: You lay it on pretty thick, lil_brown_bat. I'm a huge cycling fan, but I don't get prickly about its lack of exposure or the dearth of intelligent cycling conversation on Sportsfilter. The WNBA is a minor sport - deal with it. Sorry, but your analogy is busted. The WNBA isn't a sport at all. It's a league in a sport that is a major sport in a number of countries, USA and Australia included. Complaining about the dearth of intelligent cycling conversation on spofi is akin to complaining about the dearth of intelligent alpine skiing conversation on spofi, which is not something that I have done.
posted by lil_brown_bat at 09:27 AM on June 19
etagloh, your link doesn't go anywhere.
posted by dng at 09:39 AM on June 19
Semantics, but OK, how's this: The WNBA is a minor league - deal with it.
posted by dusted at 11:17 AM on June 19
Why so sensitive? I've never been to a Yankees ballgame that didn't feature numerous women, including my date, to comment on Derek Jeter's butt. It's a sexy butt. So I sucked it up and didn't cry until much later that evening (entirely unrelated). lil-brown bat, if you have issues with the majority of the American Sports Community you should try being a hockey fan. It's maddening. Mostly because there's nothing you can do.
posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 01:11 PM on June 19
"It's a sexy butt. So I sucked it up ..." -- WeedyMcSmokey
posted by rcade at 01:48 PM on June 19
Damn it! You journalists... Context, baby!
posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 02:39 PM on June 19
dusted: The WNBA is a minor league - deal with it. Um...so, speaking of non sequiturs...
posted by lil_brown_bat at 03:25 PM on June 19
Feel free to moderate this thread until we all agree with you that the WNBA is the purest form of the game.
posted by yerfatma at 03:29 PM on June 19
It's not a non sequitur. You wrote: Why am I not surprised that you picked up on this gem, but missed Ticha Penicheiro's new assist record, Yolande Griffith's being named to the last spot on the Olympic team, or the upcoming WNBA vs. USA Basketball game in New York? And I'm here telling you that the only way the WNBA gets noticed is if something bizarre happens (such as one of its players posing nude). You may know about Yolanda Griffith or Ticha etc., but to expect everyone else to know (or care) is silly.
posted by dusted at 05:06 PM on June 19
dusted, you should feel fortunate that I don't have your habit of putting words in someone else's mouth, or keyboard, or whatever. I don't "expect everyone to else to know (or care)" about day-to-day events in the WNBA, or even extraordinary ones such as those I mentioned. You are perfectly free to spend your time, money, and beer sponsorship on those sports, leagues and teams that you wish to, and to imply that I have ever said or suggested otherwise is a weak-ass strawman argument. But I do reserve the right to say, "Figures," when so many miss those extraordinary events and yet feel the need to comment on Jackson's appearing nude in what a whole lot of people apparently mistook for the down-under version of Sports Illustrated cheesecake.
posted by lil_brown_bat at 07:11 PM on June 19
Well, I'm sold. On the calendar, I mean. Though admittedly I was before. And any of us could have posted links to the assist record (it's still a new league; all-time records are going to grow for a while yet) or the Olympic news, sure. Our bad. The WNBA is a minor sport, and maybe every hiccup doesn't merit the kind of discussion that ensues when Barry Bonds or Peyton Manning or whoever freaks out. Fair enough. But the only people who seem to have a problem with this news item and how it's reported are actually typing in this thread.
posted by chicobangs at 01:08 AM on June 20
I've posted plenty (of women's links); the silence is deafening. don't let a paucity of comments discourage you, lil_brown_bat. some of my favorite sportsfilter days are when i visit the site and see a cricket link. i've never commented in one and probably never will, but that does not mean i didn't visit the link and learn something. please continue to share links you feel are significant with us knuckle-draggers. we're slow to learn, but eventually we'll catch on, and sportsfilter will be a better place for it.
posted by danostuporstar at 08:31 AM on June 21
the SFW cover photo.
posted by danostuporstar at 03:50 PM on June 21
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