Author Archives: Wendy Parker

Monday, Monday: Leafblowers and LeBron Twitter

TweetOn Monday my post is generally related to a timely sports topic prominently in the news, is focused on the business of sports or covers a sports subject at random.
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I just Tweeted the above headline, but deleted it and thought those two things actually have something more [...]

Sports History Files: Remembering Louis Zamperini

TweetLouis Zamperini, an Olympic distance runner, World War II prisoner of war and the subject of an acclaimed biography by Laura Hillenbrand, has died at the age of 97.
Zamperini’s life was recounted in “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,” and published in 2010.
He was a track star at USC, making [...]

Sports longform and soccer: An ideal match

TweetAs the World Cup got started a couple weeks ago I laid out a rambling summary of how various media outlets — including more traditional ones — were jumping on the soccer bandwagon.
What I didn’t do was get into was how the new longform sports sites have excelled in covering the sport all along. We’re [...]

Sports, the arts and the gloriously obscure

TweetOn Saturday night, while serendipitously flipping through channels, I reached ESPN Classic and for the first time watched “Bud Greenspan: At the Heart of the Games.”
This was released in early 2008, right before what would be Greenspan’s final Olympics in Beijing. It was a documentary film about how the Olympic documentary filmmaker came to be, [...]

Women writers on boxing, gender and culture

TweetThis week I’ve been devoting several posts stemming from Monday’s 42nd Title IX anniversary, with an emphasis on cultural issues relating to gender and sports. Here are previous posts:
• Title IX, sports and the culture of grievance
• Pop feminism hits the sports pages
• Sexuality, Pride and women’s basketball
• Diamond Dilemma: Women, softball and [...]

Diamond dilemma: Women, softball and baseball

TweetThis week I’m devoting several posts stemming from Monday’s 42nd Title IX anniversary, with an emphasis on cultural issues relating to gender and sports. Here are previous posts on “Title IX, sports and the culture of grievance,” “Pop feminism hits the sports pages” and “Sexuality, Pride and women’s basketball.”
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Sexuality, Pride and women’s basketball

TweetThis week I’m devoting several posts stemming from Monday’s 42nd Title IX anniversary, with an emphasis on cultural issues relating to gender and sports. Here are previous posts on “Title IX, sports and the culture of grievance,” and “Pop feminism hits the sports pages.”
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The latest development on the [...]

Pop feminism hits the sports pages

TweetThis week I’m devoting several posts stemming from Monday’s 42nd Title IX anniversary, with an emphasis on continuing cultural issues relating to gender and sports. Here’s yesterday’s introductory post, “Title IX, sports and the culture of grievance.”
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When the truth about the Duke lacrosse scandal finally was revealed, the [...]

Title IX, sports and the culture of grievance

TweetThis week I’m devoting several posts stemming from today’s Title IX anniversary, ongoing matters related to investigations of sexual assault on college campuses, the O’Bannon v. NCAA trial and continuing cultural issues relating to women and sports, including sexuality and exclusion from such sports as baseball.
These posts build on my 2011 blog series “Women’s Sports [...]

The paradox of sports journalists online

TweetOn Tuesday I write about developments in sports media, and occasionally step back in time to a different era in sports journalism.
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When I first got the hang of Twitter — and discovered how much of a magnificent time vampire it can be — I also noticed something else [...]