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Inane commentary on a game that deserves far better
Sometime in the near future, Brad Salem expects to get that phone call with the bad news.
Not to inform the Augustana football coach that one of his players has been hurt in an accident or arrested.
No, Salem assumes that he'll be notified of compromising photos of one of his players on the Internet.
Watching the LA-San Antonio WNBA conference final game this afternoon. Every time I watch women's game I'm impressed by how fundamentally sound the players are.
The former SMU player is suing the school and head coach Rhonda Rompola for revoking her scholarship after Colli complained to the athletic director about what Colli said she considered to be inappropriate questions and comments regarding her sex life and other gay relationships on the team.Pat Griffin blogs about SMU, saying that, whatever the facts of the case may be...
"We're alleging that they are retaliating against her," Michael Kelly, one of Colli's attorneys, said in an interview.
The tragic part of this lawsuit is that it will be read by some schools as justification for avoiding lesbians coaches and athletes or going on a witch hunt against lesbian coaches and athletes as a way to prevent being caught in the legal and public relations nightmare into which SMU is now descending. Ironically, many of these same schools continue to hire, recruit and defend male coaches and athletes who are charged with rape, drug offenses, other felonies as well as NCAA violations as long as they are contributing to the win column. While these offenses are tolerated, all a lesbian coach or athlete needs to do is get caught being who she is and having the nerve to demand respect and fairness.It still stuns me that so many universities, public school systems and summer leagues don have such policies in place.
It would make so much more sense to educate athletic staff about effective, fair policies that are not based on discrimination or fear. I invite readers to check out resources we have on the It Takes A Team web site that address these issues and provide policies recommendations for athletic administrators and coaches.
The column writer stated that the WNBA is “virtually absent from the media,” and in this she is not entirely wrong. Coverage of the league in the L.A. Times is usually relegated to small articles on the bottoms of pages buried far back inside the sports section. [which made Helen ask, what happened to Mike Terry? He loved the game!]Just to say, once again, if you don't speak up, the kind of the coverage of women's basketball gets will. not. change. As the arena song says, "Let's get loud!"
But the San Antonio Express-News has its own page for the Silver Stars; the Seattle Times assigns a reporter to travel with the Storm and cover games, and she also writes a daily blog about the team. The Sacramento Bee, the Hartford Courant, the New York Daily News and New York Post, among other newspapers, also regularly cover their respective WNBA teams. Nationally, WNBA coverage can be found often in USA Today, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.
firstname.lastname@example.orgIf you want more tips on supporting and developing good media coverage of women's basketball, check out Kim's Media Tips.
A short time ago, I noticed about a half-dozen high school-aged girls speaking with Sparks owners Kathy Goodman and Carla Christofferson. The girls were wearing Palisades High basketball warmups.
Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi wasn't kidding. She really did pay for Palisades to attend the game.
One of the girls said that they were here in support of the WNBA, in response to a freelance article published on latimes.com last week.
Christon, a 6-foot-1 small forward, has not hesitated putting up a shot since she began playing basketball at 14 in her hometown, Hot Springs, Ark. At the time though, her confidence did her little good. Shot after shot would go wide, fall short, bounce off the rim, dropping anywhere but through the net. The only thing that kept her going was her desire to prove two people wrong: her middle school coach and her mother.
“ ‘You’re tall, but you’re just raw meat and you’ll never make it as a basketball player,’ ” Christon remembered her coach telling her. “And then my mom told me, ‘If you can’t handle it, if you can’t take it, then it’s really not for you.’ ”
"The Title IX Blame Game Should End"...said Marj Snyder of the Women's Sports Foundation to the Wall Street Journal in an article about the Foundation's new study on college sport participation.And from Marie's blog:
Consistent with prior studies (e.g.), the WSF report concludes that both men's and women's participation has increased in the last 25 years, which itself should neutralize criticism that Title IX hurts men.
The Wall Street Journal, in an article headlined, "Maybe Women's Sports Don't Hurt NCAA Men," relayed the results of a Women's Sports Foundation study demonstrating that Title IX is not to blame for cuts in men's collegiate sports. Instead, skyrocketing expenditures on men's revenue sports such as football and basketball often lead administrators to cut men's Olympic-style sports such as wrestling.
Our research shows that the Title-IX-as-culprit myth has gone unchallenged in media coverage over the years (The Gender War in U.S. Sport: Winners and Losers in News Coverage of Title IX ), and that many reporters also believe the myth (Marie article) -- so it's nice to see this latest WSF research getting some attention. Of course, the report has already been attacked by the College Sports Council and others opposed to Title IX.
Oh, to be an N.B.A. referee. Your judgments are questioned, players and coaches scream at you, fans think the worst of you, sports radio hosts fillet you, and know-it-all broadcasters foment negativity with misguided opinions.
“Sometimes when you listen to the announcers,” said Joe Borgia, the league’s vice president for referee operations, “the perception becomes reality, and what they say, because they’re perceived as experts, hurts the credibility of officials.”
"Craig Bolerjack, who is in his fourth season as the television voice of the Jazz,
said he was happy to watch the N.B.A. open up about its referee review process."
Securing referees for athletic events is becoming more of a challenge for Iowa's smaller high schools.The number of officials who work boys' and girls' events in all sports is approaching an all-time high in Iowa, but the increase is found in the most populated areas.
Shortages exist in pockets of rural areas.
“What a sad day for the world of women’s basketball to lose such a strong advocate in Hunter Low,” said WBCA President Sherri Coale, head women’s basketball coach at Oklahoma. “He was a pioneer and true trailblazer for our sport. I hope that we will continue to follow his footsteps and build on the tradition that he leaves behind.”
Low worked behind the scenes years before the Kodak All-America Team began in 1975. In the early 1970's, he began his involvement in women's basketball with coaching clinics sponsored by Kodak. He was responsible for arranging an international basketball game between the USA Olympic Team and the People's Republic of China Olympic Team in Rochester, N.Y., in 1975. Low also made arrangements for the U.S. Olympic women's basketball team to train in Rochester, N.Y., prior to the 1976 Olympic games in Montreal.
The Board of Directors of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association(WBCA) has joined the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) in recognizing the importance of affirmative action programs in expanding opportunities for underrepresented minorities and women in university admissions and employment.
Both the WBCA and the NABC Board of Directors firmly oppose the deceptively-titled "Civil Rights Initiatives" currently being proposed in Arizona, Colorado and Nebraska that if enacted, would threaten access programs in those states.
The newspaper roster generously listed Mary Garber as 5 feet tall, yet she was the tallest person in almost every room.Mary, who died yesterday at 92, towered over human prejudice and human smallness.From the Los Angeles Times:
Clarence "Big House" Gaines, who coached basketball for 47 years at Winston Salem State University before being named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, met Garber soon after he was hired as coach in 1946 and eventually they became friends.From the Washington Post (scroll past the Ryder Cup stuff)
"Nobody cared much about black players 40 years ago," Gaines told Sports Illustrated in 2000, five years before he died. "But Miss Mary covered a lot of things that weren't too popular. She went out of her way to see that everybody got a fair shake."
It would not be right for me or anyone else in the sportswriting business to not pause for a moment to pay tribute to Mary Garber, who passed away yesterday at the age of 92.And from the News-Record Hardin: Garber's influence touched all of us, and from the New York Times:
To call Mary a pioneer is an understatement. She began writing for the sports pages of The Winston-Salem Journal during World War II because, as she would tell people later, there weren't enough men around to cover everything. She continued to write sports for the Journal until 2002. For years, she wasn't even allowed to sit in the press box while covering games -- she sat in the stands, often with the wives or relatives of the athletes she was covering. She never complained about anything, just did her job, wrote wonderfully and helped out countless young reporters, male and female, along the way.
As Ms. Garber gained acceptance, she looked at her pioneering with some amusement. She told Ms. Gentry about the times when black sportswriters began to be hired. She was working at “one of the games that one of the first black writers came to — he was from the Durham paper — and he and I sat next to each other.”
“And I was feeling pretty sure of myself by that time,” she added. “So when he came in and sat down, I reached over and poked him and I said, ‘Welcome, fellow minority.’ And he laughed.”
- Garber was a sportswriter for the Winston-Salem Journal and the Twin City Sentinel from 1946 through 1997.
- She started as a society writer during World War II. When the all-male sports department was depleted because of the war she moved to sports.
- She has been selected to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.
- Most recently she entered the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.
- In 1998 she was the recipient of the WBCA's Mel Greenberg Award.
- She served as president of the Football Writers Association of America and the Atlantic Coast Sports Writers Association, groups that initially denied her entry.
- In 2006, the Association of Women in Sports Media named its annual award for Garber.
- She was the first woman to win the Red Smith Award, The Associated Press Sports Editors' highest honor (check out her acceptance video as she talks about the "risk" the Winston-Salem Journal took when they hired her).
The Winston-Salem Journal reported Sunday that a minister was making the rounds at the Brookridge Retirement Village where Garber was a resident, and he asked what she had in mind for a spiritual reward in heaven.I bet that VaTech field goal that cost North Carolina a victory on Saturday drove her crazy....
"Football season," she said.
In conjunction with the 35th anniversary of Billie Jean King beating Bobby Riggs, the Women's Sports Foundation put together a list of the "35 Most Memorable Moments in Women's Sports" over the last 35 years.
I've been a fervent fan of women's basketball, both college and professional, for more than 20 years. In that time, I've read hundreds of articles and columns about the sport.
Melissa Rohlin's opinion piece, "Why this woman is a fan of basketball, but not the WNBA," is among the worst I've ever encountered. Full of prejudice--the paragraph basically endorsing homophobic attitudes is appalling--and empty of evidence, beyond her personal opinion. Oh, I'm wrong: she spoke to two high school players--who split 50/50 about the league.
Lack of media coverage comparable to the NBA's doesn't make women's basketball inferior. If people don't know when WNBA games are, the mainstream media is partly to blame.
The authors painstakingly trace the backgrounds of the various players, showing how many came from broken homes to cohere as a team both on the court and when put on display as exemplars of the federal government's educational aim to "kill the Indian [to] save the man." Particularly in St. Louis, where the girls resided and performed for five months as living exhibits at the fair's Model Indian School, which attracted some 30,000 visitors a day, they constantly straddled the difficult divide between defying and meeting the expectations of others.
Meticulous, moving account of how basketball helped shape the lives of ten American Indian women at the dawn of the 20th century.
Rachel Wedgewood is not the tallest, fastest or most dominant player on the basketball court. But, her heart and work ethic go far beyond her 12 years. If Rachel's life were a basketball game, she would have started down by 20 points with two minutes to go.
Rachel was born 16 weeks premature, weighing in at 1 pound, 6 ounces. She was hospitalized for the first eight months of her life.
Yet she persevered.
"Like we grow as players, she has grown as a coach," said Penicheiro, the longest-tenured Monarch. "I think she has done a phenomenal job. She's the type of coach everyone wants to play for because she just wants you to play free and she works with what you do best."
It all came together very quickly for such an undertaking -- having been conceived only in April -- and it's a further testament to Yow that so many folks cleared their calendars for Sept. 7-8. College coaches are always "someplace important" or need to be "someplace else soon" seemingly 24 hours a day as the school year begins.
But as Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson said of Yow, "There aren't many people in our lives you just never say 'no' to. But Kay Yow is one of them."
Female athletes break barriers; front office progress slower.
In sports announcing, women are left on sidelines.
And, since Sept 20th is the 35th anniversary of King v. Riggs, King's win: Net gain for women.
You can catch up on the final games here, and some great photos here.
“We’re known for our good chair skills,” said captain Patty Cisneros, who like the rest of the first unit played sparingly after the first quarter, as the second (and press-oriented) lineup was thriving.
“We didn’t shoot that well in the tournament,” she said. “This is definitely a tournament that showcased our defense.”
The controversy surrounding Jaime and the Team Concept boys’ team blew up in April after she had one of those games that fill athletes’ dreams — behind-the-back passes, each shot on target. She scored 30 points. A couple of days later, Abraham, who also coached Jamie on the boys’ team, informed Greg Nared and Jaime’s mother, Reiko Williams (the couple are divorced), that their daughter had been banned from competing with the boys. The management of the Hoop, a private gym that runs the league that Team Concept plays in, cited a previously unenforced rule against mixed-gender play, but Jaime’s parents and coaches found the timing conspicuous. Abraham has coached girls’ and women’s basketball for 32 years — he used to be an assistant coach of the Sparks — and says Jaime is the best 12-year-old girl he’s ever seen. “If she were 5-foot-1 and a mediocre player,” he told me, “do you think we’d be having this discussion?”
This past weekend, Don Meyer, the legendary coach of Northern State University was in an automobile accident. The accident was a serious one that has required several surgeries including the removal of his spleen. They are currently working to save his leg by installing a rod in it. He also has broken ribs and arm injuries. He is responsive and will pull through though he has some difficult weeks ahead. Don was leading his team to a retreat when the accident occurred. His players surrounded the car and prayed with him when he was losing consciousness. He was airlifted to Sioux Falls where he could receive the best treatment.Absolutely. Please pass this along to anyone who might be interested.
It is hard for me to believe that there has been a better friend to all of us in the coaching profession (men’s and women’s) than Don. He has made a lifetime of helping us do our jobs better. I want to make sure that we are all there to show him our support and our love as well.
I am asking every coach to reach out and support Don through his tough time. You can send him a note or card...have your team send a card or autograph a basketball or jersey...or anything...encourage other coaches that you know to do the same. You can mail your support to:
COACH DON MEYER
Northern State University
Men’s Basketball Office
1200 South Jay Street
Aberdeen, SD 57401-7155
You can receive updates on Coach at this link.
If you could possibly post something on your website, I’d greatly appreciate it.
Chairs cannot move left or right, only forward and back. That makes defense a fascinating exercise of players’ positioning their wheels perpendicular to those of the ball carrier, allowing for more responsive movements.
Defense is Schulte’s strength. He can zip one way or another, stop and make half or full spins with such speed and precision that he and the player he is guarding look like synchronized swimmers. Beyond his 6-foot-5 arm span, he can perform the wheelchair player’s version of a jump — tilting his chair on one of its large wheels to reach a few inches higher and block a shot.
Beijing is AWESOME! Right when we got off the airplane there were camera crews filming our arrival. I felt like LeBron James! When we got to the village, we got our credentials and headed to the USA apartments. We had a quick USA briefing then got to settle into our rooms. I have my own room since I'm a captain, but I don't really want to be by myself. I mean, come on... I have nine brothers and sisters!Poking around their site, you can find photos of various past events, including the Hoop City Wheel Chair Basketball Exhibition held in San Antonio this past April. If you want competition recaps and photos from Beijing, click here.
And it what you know about paralympic sports consists of having watched the documentary Murderball and some awareness of wheelchair basketball and/or wheelchair tennis, then you should (like I did) check out this article in The Telegraph that goes though all the medal sports in the Paralympics providing their history, the events offered, which disabilities are accommodated, and how. What I find impressive is the organization of all the events and how they meet the needs of so many athletes. Too bad we won't get to actually see much of it.If you're looking from coverage (online)
Sponsored by General Electric and Visa, which will provide branded promotions with integrated media placements on Universal Sports TV, the Paralympic Games will be available in the USA on Universalsports.com, http://www.universalsports.com, with daily live and delayed highlight shows.
Daily video highlights will also be available at the official site of the U.S. Paralympic Team. A schedule of events is available at Universal Sports TV.More online:
Paralympic Games live footage will be available, free of charge, on the IPC's Internet TV channel paralympicsport.tv, as well as on YouTube at www.youtube.com/paralympicsporttv.
The program was announced after the Beijing Olympic Broadcasting Co. agreed to provide live signals of 12 Paralympic sports: athletics, boccia, track cycling, seven-a-side soccer, judo, swimming, table tennis, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.
In addition to the live events, paralympicsport.tv will broadcast a daily news show, with additional highlights -- including sports that won't be live-streamed -- available as video-on-demand.
When he rolls to the starting line for the 1,500-meter wheelchair race at the Paralympics, the Olympics for disabled athletes that begin Saturday in Beijing, Tony Iniguez will wear his Team U.S.A. uniform with pride. He will compete for his country’s Olympic program. He is also suing it for discrimination.
The United States is no stranger to disputes over discrimination against various groups and the provision of benefits for citizens, as the battle over universal health insurance indicates. But in this case the Paralympians are emphasizing their needs as athletes as much as their needs as citizens. They claim that races have been lost and medals squandered by their having to compete against athletes from nations such as Canada and Britain that support their disabled athletes virtually equally to Olympians.
"Sometimes, I have to pinch myself," Blauch told the Daily News-Record in an interview in her home on Chestnut Drive. "Did I just do that? Did I just go to the Olympics? I'm a very ordinary person and I've gotten to do some extraordinary things. It doesn't quite seem real; it's amazing."