Monthly Archives: May 2011

Never mind the gender gap in sports

TweetThe producers of the Title IX documentary “In the Game” Tweeted a link to this ESPN story over the weekend about the paucity of women in action sports. The headline, “Gender Gap,” sums up so much of the wrong-headed approach to gauging the progress of women in sports, especially in the mainstream media. Says writer [...]

The devil at the bottom of the wishing well

TweetWhen longtime Old Dominion women’s basketball coach Wendy Larry resigned on Tuesday, it didn’t come as a surprise. Athletics director Wood Selig announced several weeks ago that he was not going to extend her contract beyond the 2011-12 season.
Larry, who was an assistant on the great Old Dominion AIAW national championship teams that featured Nancy [...]

Leagues of their own for a good reason

TweetThis week espnW has been running a series examining the possibilities of women competing in men’s professional sports leagues. Veteran reporter Jane McManus does a good job detailing the physical and cultural obstacles women face in football, while Pat Borzi does the same in baseball.
I do admire the women facing very long odds of ever succeeding [...]

More thoughts on Title IX, football and proportionality

TweetQuite a bit has transpired since I wrote here last week about the growing clamor over Title IX and the proportionality debate that isn’t new, but has taken on a fresh dimension:
• First of all, in a column that slams the graft and corruption of college football, George Vecsey of The New York Times on Saturday piled [...]