Well, it's the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, a three-dayspan rife with beer, outdoor cooking, and the type of conversation that oftenoccurs when large amounts of meat are burning on a grill: sports talk.
Usually, sports talk involves a male-dominated roundtablethat covers last night's playoff game or the minutia of baseball stats. Thosesubjects are all fine and dandy, but the past several weeks have providedplenty of outside-the-lines subjects to cover, subjects whose importanceperhaps might bypass a typical sports fan. So, this weekend, we suggest youtell those dudes to go get you another PBR and shut their pieholes, becauseit's your turn to talk about sports topics that are important to you.
What might those topics be? After the jump, a few suggestions:
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I've heard this "gay is the new black" sentiment a few times in the very recent past, and I'm beginning to think it's less of a coincidence and more of the current mood. After hearing it yesterday on the Tyra Show, I'm convinced that what we've got on our hands is the media's latest attempt to pit two marginalized groups against each other.
Move over, Jon and Kate, and scoot down the bench, all you Duggars -- there's a new big family reality show on the block! It's called Fostering Love, and it's got a uniquely Californian twist on the genre: a same-sex couple expanding their family through pretty much every type of reproductive technology available. Also, they move to an alpaca farm. It's awesome.
So, I was tooling around the Interwebs the other day trying to find some old-school ladies' sports footage for that last blog piece, and I stumbled upon some pretty sweet YouTubery—the site is loaded with tons of amazing bits of video that relates to women and sports. I ended up spending the last two days hovered over my laptop trolling through dozens of old newsreels, current news bits, interviews, play-by-play excerpts, and pretty much everything else you could think of, and I found plenty of stuff to pass on, some of it inspiring, some of it totally depressing, but all of it fascinating.
So, kicking things off is the old newsreel obituary for the great Babe Didrikson, who may be the best female athlete to ever live. She died of cancer at the age of 42, after basically kicking ass her entire life. Here's how ESPN describes her:
The first to prove a girl could be a stud athlete, Babe Didrikson began as a muscular phenom who mastered many sports and ended as a brilliant golfer. An exuberant tomboy whose life was athletics, she was accomplished in just about every sport - basketball, track, golf, baseball, tennis, swimming, diving, boxing, volleyball, handball, bowling, billiards, skating and cycling. When asked if there was anything she didn't play, she said, "Yeah, dolls."