What I’m reading and writing, June 22

• After finishing the main draft of my post on the 38th anniversary of Title IX, I traipsed around my Twitterverse and discovered some disbelief that there’s actually a federal lawsuit underway that may decide whether cheerleading is a sport.

• Their combatants at the College Sports Council have exploited publicity about the World Cup to point out sagging opportunities in men’s college soccer due to Title IX. CSC spokesman Eric McErlain Tweeted along this study to me, and it has some good data that reflects some terrible disparities.

But there aren’t many devoted to male soccer development in America who will say that the college game is an integral part of the process. Because of the way the rest of the world develops players, it’s more of a hindrance, with limited playing and practice time and the typical thicket of NCAA regulations.

McErlain replied that his group isn’t interested in player development, and the CSC doesn’t directly make a connection to the progress of the U.S. men’s team. But the timing of the release of the study does make a subtle suggestion, at the very least.

• Following some revisions and editing tonight, I’ll post my Title IX thoughts at Blue Star Basketball early Wednesday morning. I’m off to all-day website business workshop after that, so if I don’t reply to Tweets and other communications during the day, I’ll try to catch up with them Wednesday evening.

• As France’s fractured and hapless team was dispatched from South Africa Tuesday, Le Monde deluged readers with coverage of “La Défaite” that’s sure to leave a sour taste for years. “The World Cup has lost its jesters,” the newspaper wrote, working in a reference to Sartre, among other devices. In Dublin, outrage over Thierry Henry’s uncalled handball during World Cup qualifying was replaced by some modest rejoicing. A small consolation, but worth noting:

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