Category Archives: daily updates

NCAA Women’s Final: Texas A & M 76, Notre Dame 70

TweetINDIANAPOLIS — The national championship matchup that few had in their brackets turned out to be one of the better finales in years.
Texas A & M got 30 points and nine rebounds from Women’s Final Four Most Outstanding Player Danielle Adams and shot 68 percent in the second half to down Notre Dame 76-70 before [...]

Can the Texas A & M way pave the way for real parity?

TweetINDIANAPOLIS – On the massive Texas A & M campus in College Station, Tuesday has been designated as a “maroon out,” in which students, faculty and staff are asked to wear school colors.
A game featuring A & M’s Top 10-ranked baseball team will be moved up to a late afternoon first pitch.
A healthy slice of [...]

Women’s Final Four surprises: A novelty, or not?

TweetINDIANAPOLIS — The casual observer may find unusual the declarations of “parity” that ring out when two No. 2 seeds reach the NCAA women’s championship game, as they did Sunday night.
Texas A & M and Notre Dame had already broken brackets by upsetting Baylor and Tennessee, respectively, in the Elite Eight. And then they completely [...]

Will it always be a cause; can it ever be a sport?

TweetThat’s a question that comes up a lot in women’s basketball and in women’s sports in general, and it’s one that I find fascinating but ultimately frustrating.
This morning, hours before the Women’s Final Four tipped off in Indianapolis, I appeared on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” program to discuss Kye Allums, the George Washington University transgender [...]

If you read nothing else about the Women’s Final Four

TweetIn what’s becoming an annual pre-Final Four media routine, Bloomberg has published what I regard as the most essential piece about the finances, marketing and outlook for big-time women’s college basketball that’s been written in some time.
But unlike some previous treatment of the same issue — such as this very good Big 12-oriented account by [...]

So predictable you can set your watch to it

TweetWomen’s hoops fans who’d like to tear into Chicago Sun-Times columnist Rick Morrissey for this year’s derivative “Fans don’t care about women’s basketball” diatribe need to keep a couple things in mind that I’ll explain after this excerpt:
“Women deserve the same opportunities as men in the sports world, but no democracy on the planet can [...]

Prime time showtime in Spokane

TweetThe closest thing to a Cinderella matchup in the NCAA women’s tournament has caught ESPN’s attention to become Saturday night prime time fare on the mother ship.
While I’m typing this, Tennessee and Ohio State are engaged in a doozy to kick off Sweet 16 games, but the Louisville vs. Gonzaga contest in Spokane is full [...]

The wider lens on televised women’s basketball

TweetThose lamenting the supposed invisibility of women’s sports on television should read every word of this story in Sunday’s Indianapolis Star by Jeff Rabjohns about the wealth of women’s basketball games available on the Big Ten Network. The cable outlet has shown nearly 60 games this season, including the just-completed conference tournament, and this has [...]

More cultural contortions about sports and femininity

TweetI continue to be amazed at how some male admirers of women’s basketball (and women’s sports) seem to be more worked up about the convergence of┬ásports, femininity and culture than some of the female athletes themselves. Q McCall of Swish Appeal deconstructs Ohio State basketball All-American Jantel Lavender in overwrought fashion:
“Ultimately, the reason this is [...]

The next thing you know, we’ll be wanting to vote

TweetCouldn’t resist taking a little dig at Jason Mcintyre’s Tweet about the Unbelievably Unbelievable Development of An Actual Woman Throwing Batting Practice at Spring Training!
Well, these are the Cleveland Indians.
Keep breaking down those barriers ladies, and we may actually see more photos of women on The Big Lead who are not in bikinis!
Ah, nyah. Probably [...]