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Only Let Me Play
Reduces Eating Disorders In Girl
Why Do Young
Female Athletes Lose Their
if She Doesn't Like
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Ways to Encourage Daughters' Participation in
If You'd Only Let Me Play
Gabby Reece (ace volleyball player and cover girl) once said "I see
my body as a tool, not a fashion accessory." She didn't worry about
cuts and scratches. Burns from digging the ball out of the sand. It
made me think about how schools and parents deprived their daughters
of the athletic experience from the start. In Bobby Socks Softball,
girls have to wear shorts, are not allotted to steal home or slide
into a base. Them's the rules, they say. I say, we have created and
kept the "rules" so that we can systematically keep women down. Even
in amateur ice skating, women are required to wear a skirt and not
allowed pants. Basically our fascination with the crotch, in my
I've got a rather radical concept about women in sports. Instead
of doing all this separation of grade, high school and college funds
by women's sports and men's sports, why don't we simply say that all
sports are open to women and men. If we start girls in grade school
competing against the best boys and girls in the sport, we'll have
better competition. But, we start girls out at a disadvantaging,
separating them and giving them fewer advantages. I've seen girl's
quarterback their high school team to the state championship. Some
will say, "But look at the records. Men have always been stronger and
faster than women." And I agree, except for sports like wrestling and
the martial arts. In most other sports that require physical
strength, there will usually be a man at the top. However, I believe
that some women will be above most of the remaining men. I remember
"The Flea". He weighed less than 160 pounds and had the record for
the most kickoffs for touchdowns for the Kansas City Chiefs. His
advantage was that he was very small and quick and could escape the
defense. If we, men and women, allow women equal access to time,
training and competition against the best in the sport, from day one,
I think we'll be amazed how many women will excel. Then, maybe, we
get off this thing about sex and get onto the concept of the most
capable person. Like high school and college wrestling today, there
are girls and women who are succeeding, and my bet is that even the
best have not been allowed as much access to the best equipment,
training and competition that the best boys and men have had access
to. Let's make all sports available to all athletes from day one in
school and then we'll really see "the best person win". Think about
it! (World Cup)
Why Do Young Female Athletes Lose Their
When nature sees a female body thats stressed it says, this is
not a good time to get pregnant. So the body turns off ovulation.
This means there is no menstrual cycle, which means, like the
menopause, there is a risk for thinning of the bones and all the
other things that come with it. The medical term for this is
My Daughter's A Pro-Linebacker
Women first played as half-time entertainment for NFL teams back in
the 1920s. The Women's Professional Football League (WPFL) began with
two teams in 1965 and expanded to 8. The National Women's Football
League formed with seven teams in 1974 that included several
WPFL teams. It expanded to 11 teams in 1976 but by 1982, only
two teams could afford to keep going. In 1999, the Women's
Professional Football League came back. A barnstrorming tour helped
gauge interest in a pro league. On October 14, 2000, a new era in
professional sports was entered with 11
teams, again. They will play 10 games, playoffs and then a
championship game Feb 4, 2001. With the WNBA completing its fourth
season and the Women's United Soccer Association set for next year,
women's professional sports have never been hotter. Thought many have
never player competitive football, there is a great desire. After
all, our schools still prohibit most girls from competing, but, as
Garlynn Boyd, 35, a former high school champion shot putter says, "I
was bench-pressing 250 pounds in high school and that was more than
half the players on the football team." Women also bring a quickness
to football that might actually make it a faster game. Stay tuned. I
have my fingers crossed! You won't be hearing anything from "the
leader in sports," ESPN. According to them, "that is currently not a
feature on ESPN.com." So, keep up-to-date at www.womensprofootball.com
Teams Results Schedules
Women's Pro Football is Back with a
October 14, 2000 was opening day for the first four games of the new
Women's Professional Football League (WPFL) Results.
Five more games will be played next weekend. Schedule
They will all be playing real tackle footbal except that there is no
blocking below the waist (might be something to consider since that's
where alot of dirty plays happen in men's football, resulting in alot
of major leg injuries). The other differrence is that they use a
smaller football so, like NCAA women's basketball, if they really
want to get good enough to play on a women's team, they have to get
used to the smaller football which will make it even more difficult
to break into the money area of football, the NFL. The WPFL, founded
by Carter Turner and Terry Sullivan, will have a 10-game season and
an all-star game and the championship game on February 4, 2001. Look
for 11 new expansion teams by the year 2002, including the Hawaii
Waves who will be involved in three exhibition games during the 2000
season, if all goes according to plan. Also, www.womensprofootball.com
Teams Results Schedules
Here is a listing of the 11 teams for the Women's Professional
Football Leauge. The Atlanta Amazons, Chicago Blaze, Milwaukee Minx,
and New York Storm had been listed on other web sites but we have not
be able to confirm their exsistence as active pro-football teams.
Note, there's nothing West of Colorado. And I thought California was
the liberated and forward thinking state.
American Conference (Central):
American Conference (West):
Oklahoma City Wildcats
National Football Conference (South):
Daytona Beach Barracudas
National Football Conference (East):
New York Sharks
New England Storm
New York Galaxy
Week 1 Results
Colorado, 12 Minnesota 14
Houston 52 Austin 25
Daytona Beach 34, Miami 17
New England 28; New York Galaxy 0
Week 2 Results
Tampa 0 Minnesota 63
Austin 20, Houston 30
Daytona Beach 35, New York Galaxy 6
New York Sharks 16, New England 8
Oklahoma City 0, Colorado 58
Week 3 Results
Miami 0, Daytona Beach 27
Austin 19, Minnesota 35
New England 3, New York Sharks 0
Houston 6, Colorado 62
Week 4 Results
Colorado 53, Austin 0
New York Sharks 26, Oklahoma City 6
Houston 8, Minnesota 30
Miami 34, Tampa 22
New York Galaxy 0, New England 32
Week 5 Results
Minnesota 28 vs Oklahoma City 0
Tampa 6 vs Daytona Beach 62
Miami 12 vs New York Sharks 19
Austin 21 vs Houston 35
Week 6 Results
New England 3 vs Colorado 7
Oklahoma City 0 vs Houston 21
Tampa 0 vs Miami 33
New York Galaxy 0 vs New York Sharks 41
Week 7 Results
Miami 20 vs Daytona Beach 21
Oklahoma City 12 vs Austin 13
Tampa 6 vs Daytona Beach 27
Colorado 54 vs Oregon 0*
Week 8 Results
Season cancelled - playoff game. The first playoff game featured the
Colorado Valkyries at Houston Energy. Houston wins and will proceed
to play the Minnesota Vixens for the American Conference
Champsionship. The American Conference Championship Game will be
aired on the internet at SportsJuice.com
Colorado 0 vs Houston 13 (American Conference Wildcard Game)
Austin 14 vs Oklahoma City 8
Miami 28 vs Tampa 12
New York Sharks 12 vs New England 48
Week 9 Results
Season cancelled - National Conference Wildcard Playoff Game. The New
York Sharks loose to New England 7 to 10. The Barracudas will go
north to Providence, Rhode Island, to take on New England for the
American Confrence Champsionship December 16.
Tampa Tempest won 8 to 7 over a possible 2001 expansion team, the
Carolina Cougars in an exhibition game, the only other game played
Week 10 Results
12/16/00 Season cancelled. Houston beats Minnesota 35 to 14 to
win the American Conference Championship.
Week 11 Results
1/6/01: The New England Storm defeated the Daytona Beach
Barracudas during sudden death overtime by a score of 29-26. The
victory sends the Storm to the first WPFL Super Bowl on January 20
against the Houston Energy in Houston.
World Women's Pro Football Championship
1/20/01: The Championship Game between the National League
Champions, the New England Storm and the Houston Energy, the American
Conference Champs results in a win for Houston, 39 to 7. As of noon
on January 25, no other information was available. This includes
numerous calls to the league offices this week and visits to the web
site. We couldn't even get an answering machine at 877.922.2695 or
952.833.0915 or 763.587.4900 and they only report the score on the
web site at www.womensprofootball.com.
And I thought this was a contact sport. Oh well. Maybe they'll be
more informative to their fans next year.
* Exhibition game(s).
to NFL Football for Her
NFL for Her intends to show a woman's perspective that entertains
no matter what your interest level. Topics include:
- Different road, same destination: Women and men are
different kinds of football fans. But that doesn't mean women are
any less knowledgable, writes Lisa Zimmerman.
- The NFL and the Komen Foundation: October is National
Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the NFL continues its
partnership with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
- Strategies and Analyis by Betsy Berns. Author Betsy
Berns breaks down the "bootleg" in this week's Play of the
- Kordell joins the cause. Steelers QB Kordell Stewart
has had personal experience with cancer through his mother's
- Mama Bear. Virginia McCaskey, daughter of George Halas
and the Bears' principal owner, has been called the "first lady of
- McNair now fighting for others. Janice McNair, the wife
of the Houstan Texans' owner, is a breast-cancer survivor now
trying to help others with the disease.
- Football 101 for women. Are you ready for some
football? Women are answering yes and are going to school to learn
even more about the NFL.
- Mothers know best. Jamal Anderson's mother Zenobia is
leading the fight against breast cancer, and Jamal is helping out
- "Sportsmap" helps fans and others. 30-year NFL coaching
veteran Tom Bass is selling his quick football reference guide for
the benefit of breast cancer research.
- Barr Weaver giving back. Delores Barr Weaver is making
a difference in Jacksonville, where she is the driving force
behind the Jaguars Foundation.
- Broncos wives make a difference. For 19 years, Denver
Broncos fans have generously contributed to the annual Broncos
Wives Food Drive.
- NFL for Her Sportswear. Tired of wearing guy's shirts?
The NFL has a line of clothes fit for women.
of the NFL
- Virginia McCaskey: Mama Bear. Virginia McCaskey,
daughter of George Halas and the Bears' principal owner, has been
called the "first lady of the NFL."
- Janice McNair: Fighting a familiar battle. Janice
McNair, the wife of the Houstan Texans' owner, is a breast-cancer
survivor now trying to help others with the disease.
- Delores Barr Weaver: Giving Back. Delores Barr Weaver
is making a difference in Jacksonville, where she is the driving
force behind the Jaguars Foundation.
- Zenobia Anderson: Mother Superior. Jamal Anderson's
mother Zenobia is leading the fight against breast cancer, and
Jamal is helping out too.
- Gayle Mariucci: Home is where the coach is. Being
married to an NFL head coach is an experience that Gayle Mariucci
would not trade for any other.
- Andrea Kremer: Trailblazing sports reporter. ESPN's
Andrea Kremer has proven that talent and knowledge go a long
- Jeanne Bonk: Certified pigskin accountant. Every
workday is a dream come true for the San Diego Chargers' chief
financial and administrative officer.
- Adele Harris: Mother of 1,000 sons. In 1975, women in
the business side of the NFL were as rare as 200-pound tackles.
Today, they are anything but a rarity.
- Tola Murphy-Baran: Born to Broadcast. NFL Enterprises'
Tola Murphy-Baran has turned a childhood dream into a big-business
- Amy Trask: Commitment to Equality. The Raiders' Amy
Trask never set out to open doors but she is quietly blazing some
Football for Girls, Too
Here's your chance to be a national champion! NFL Flag Regional
Tournaments & National Championship are here! The NFL is
proud to announce that the NFL Flag Regional Tournaments and a
National Championship will take place this fall. The tournaments are
open to boys and girls ages 10-11, boys 12-14 and girls 12-14.
Coaches and Parents - find out everything you need to know to
start, operate or coach an NFL Flag league.
Breast Cancer Awareness Day & the
On October 24, 2000, the NFL will donate $5 for every person who logs
onto www.nfl.com and then clicks on
"NFL For Her". They will donate up to $50,000 to the Susan G. Komen
Breast Cancer Foundation (Men Die
Fashion and football unite!
Renowned American designer, Nicole Miller, has joined forces with
the NFL to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the fight
against breast cancer. She has designed a colorful silk print which
celebrates the NFL and Komen Foundation. Using her flair for design,
Nicole's print shows the "softer side of football" with playful
football icons and the NFL pink ribbon.
The NFL not only gives a monetary donation ($50k) to the Komen
Foundation but also will be supporting the cause with a seven-figure
national advertising campaign consisting of 26 in-game spots, 48
daytime spots and 55 ESPN spots.
Famous football players have also donated their time to the cause.
While the burly football players might appear tough on the field, off
the field they have shown their warmth and love for their family
members who have been afflicted by this terrible disease. Whether it
is doing a TV commercial or participating in a Susan G. Komen Race
for the Cure®, players have been participating in the fight
against breast cancer.
While the NFL players lend their time and support, Nicole Miller
has also shown her enthusiasm. Not only will she unveil her signature
NFL/Komen print on Oct. 24th from 6-8 p.m. at her Madison Avenue
boutique, but Monday Night Football fans can tune in to see Melissa
Stark interview Nicole on Oct. 23rd during halftime of the Miami
Dolphins New York Jets game. The world will see the Nicole
Miller tie and scarf and be able to purchase the items on www.nflshop.com
(Editor: We appplaud this act by the NFL, General Motors for
developing a special car, the purchase of which supported Breast
Cancer Research, and many other corporations that are helping fight
this deadly disease. We only wish they cared that much about the
equal number of men who will die this year because there is no cure
and very little funding of research regarding prostate cancer.)
Sports Illustrated for Women calls it "Women who Win!"
Time calls it "What a Kick". Newsweek says "Girls
Rule!" Judging from the June/July '99 issue of MS, if they
dared play up women and competition, they'd call it "Chicks
Rule!" Whatever the headline, the news has been in the making
since Title IX. I loved the players' request of the coaches. "Train
us like men, treat us like women." The most important part
of this story is that if we let our daughters play sports early on,
and encourage them, they can not only compete in sports successfully,
but in the world as well. Secondly, at one time these women were
playing soccer for soccer's sake, their joy of the competition, not
money and endorsements. Hopefully, young women will be encouraged to
compete for the sport of it and not because they can get a college
Media Coverage of Women's Sports
The coverage of women sports and female athletes has certainly come a
long way -- but there is still a long way to go. Local TV news
coverage of women's sports has changed little over the last 10 years
and continues to portray female athletes as sex objects, according to
a study USC released in early September 2000. Men's sports received
the bulk of news coverage -- about 88 percent -- compared to women's,
which was close to 9 percent, according to ''Gender in Televised
Sports,'' which was commissioned by the Amateur Athletic Foundation
of Los Angeles. For example, according to the analysis, 2.2 percent
-- that's 15 stories about men to 1 on women -- of ESPN's
''SportsCenter'' stories that were aired involved women's sports, and
there were no lead stories featuring female athletes.
Road To Salt Lake
The 2000 Olympic Summer Games in Sydney, Australia, have come to a
close. Now the world of Olympic sport turns its attention to colder
environs with the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City less than two
years away. For women's sports in the United States, that means yet
another national team looking to defend gold. At the Sydney Games,
U.S. teams in softball, basketball, soccer, and gymnastics all came
Down Under with opportunities to defend gold medals won at the 1996
Games in Atlanta. The softball and basketball teams did just that,
while the soccer team came up just shy, winning silver after
suffering a dramatic 3-2 overtime loss to Norway.
When the Olympic flame flies high over Salt Lake City in 2002, the
National Governing Body (NGB) USA Hockey women's national team will
be the next American team in search of back-to-back golds, following
its 1998 gold medal-winning performance in Nagano, Japan, where the
U.S. beat Canada in the finals. Earlier this month, the women's team
took further strides toward Salt Lake some 2000-plus miles away in
Lake Placid, New York, where the team began training at its new
permanent training home.
To get an idea of the development of women's hockey one need only
look at the schedule planned for the 2000-2017 winter campaign. Prior
to the Nagano Games in 1998, the U.S. women competed almost
exclusively against Canada and a few U.S. college teams. This time
around additional women's college teams from the National Collegiate
Athletic Association (NCAA) will be added as well as teams from
Canada's National Women's Hockey League (NWHL). Along with the games
in Lake Placid, the U.S. squad will also be matriculating in the Four
Nations Cup in Salt Lake City in November 2000 - and in the 2001
International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Women's World
Championships in Minnesota in April 2001.
Dotting the U.S. frozen pond roster are 14 players from the 1998
gold medal-winning squad, including the likes of pipeminders Sarah
Tueting and Sara DeCosta; blueliners Chris Bailey, Sue Merz, A.J.
Mleczko, Tara Mounsey, and Angela Ruggiero; and forwards Laurie
Baker, Alana Blahoski, Karyn Bye, Tricia Dunn, Cammi Granato, Katie
King, and Shelley Looney. The national team began training October 1,
Too Much Exposure?
Quite the month in women's sports; everywhere I go, I'm asked about
naked women. Jenny Thompson with fists over bare breasts in Sports
Illustrated while Women's Sports and Fitness Magazine ran
a photo of four naked female swimmers barely covered by a less than
artfully draped American flag towel.
The flesh issue generated a ton of comment and columns. I wish
folks were as consumed about unequal treatment of girls and women in
sport as they are with arguing that it's okay for female athletes to
display their muscles by appearing unclothed. Why the double standard
for female athletes? It's okay for the media to memorialize the
athletic performances of male athletes while portraying female
athletes as sex objects? I'm waiting for any sport magazine to run a
photo of Tiger Woods stark naked with both hands covering his
genitalia? Would they even ask him to do it?
Speaking of Tiger Woods, if I was Karrie Webb, I might think of
taking my clothes off to see if that performance would rate media
coverage equivalent to Tiger's, because matching up to his golf game
hasn't. Who is Karrie Webb you say? Overall, Karrie has racked up 24
tourney wins (Woods=25), 21 on the Tour (Woods=22), two in
international non-tour events (Woods=3). How about this year? In
2000, Webb won five Tour events (Woods=7), two international non-tour
events (Woods=0), finished in the top ten 14 times (Woods=12) and
sports a 70.0 scoring average (Woods=68.5). Pretty close, don't you
think? However, Woods is a page one story about a young pro who may
be the greatest golfer of them all and Webb is lucky if she makes
page eight and media isn't comparing her to anyone.
There is another area where Webb and Woods are not in the same
ballpark: career earnings. Woods' career earnings are $18,007,950 vs.
$5,854,370 for Webb. It's a wonder that more female athletes don't
take off their clothes.
Speaking of purses, I loved Stacy Dragila's quote in the August
20, 2000 edition of the New York Times. Dragila, world champ
in the women's pole vault was reflecting on the fact that she
received 50% of the $60,000 won by her male counterpart in the 1999
world championships in Spain. Looking ahead to the 2000 Olympic
Games, where she is the gold medal favorite, she said, "I hope I
don't get half a medal."
Speaking of purse equity, kudos to the U.S. Open, the only Grand
Slam tennis event that has equal prize money for men and women.
Now, if only Anna Kournikova could win the Open and appear in
Sports Illustrated with her clothes on.
Postscript: The week this column went to press, Tiger Woods and
Karrie Webb both shot 61 at tournaments on their respective
tournaments, both scores of which were course records; however,
Tiger's 61 was on a par 70 course which was -9. Karrie's 61 was on a
par 72 course which was -11. Millions of people saw Tiger's feat
because TV showed every shot he made. No one saw Karrie other than
the individuals who were at the tournament and following her.
Donna A. Lopiano is the Executive Director of the Women's Sports
Foundation (AOL Keyword: WSF)
Women Get the Gold
It's fascinating to see how newspapers and radio and television
stations cover the Olympic Games. Gloria Steinem would be so proud.
You see, something new and different happens to members of the U.S.
sports media during the Olympic Games. They report on women
In fact, news organizations that barely recognize women's sports
throughout the normal sports year go absolutely crazy covering female
athletes at the Games. At many Olympics, including the just-completed
Sydney Summer Games, a women's event - be it Marion Jones on the
track, Jenny Thompson in the pool or Mia Hamm on the soccer field -
often is the plum assignment of the day, the place any journalist
wants to be.
Trust me, this is not the norm during the other 102 weeks of the
two-year Olympic cycle. The average red-blooded American male
sportswriter still does not like to cover women's sports, and
sometimes his editor doesn't push him to do so. Things definitely are
changing; more men, especially younger men, do report on women's
sports, and there certainly is less grumbling about women's sports as
each day goes by.
According to my own very informal poll, the main reason some male
sportswriters don't want to report on female athletes is that they
are not as big, fast or strong as the men. Now there's a news flash.
This helps explain why, for instance, quite a few golf writers have,
over the years, not wanted to cover women's golf tournaments, or why
some basketball writers don't report on the WNBA.
But when male sportswriters put Olympic media credentials around
their necks, things change dramatically. Why? Because women almost
always become the stars of the American Olympic team. A man who
wouldn't be caught dead covering the WNBA, for instance, gladly shows
up at the women's gold-medal basketball game.
Women and men are on such an equal playing field at the Games that
there is no stigma attached to a macho sportswriter who covers a
female athlete. If anything, there's more of a cachet to covering the
U.S. women because they tend to do better than their male
counterparts. That's because our very best female athletes become
Olympians. Our very best male athletes, on the other hand, often end
up in the NFL or in major-league baseball, and never come to the
And have you noticed a strange little adjective creeping into the
stories you've read and heard the past two weeks from Sydney? It's a
four-letter word: men's.
"The U.S. men's basketball team..." or "the U.S. men's soccer
team," or "the U.S. men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay team."
Outside of the Olympic fortnight, most news organizations act as
if the men play the "real" game, and the women are the weak
stepsisters. So if it's the men's game, it's called, simply,
basketball, or soccer, or tennis, while for the women, it's "women's
basketball," "women's soccer," "women's tennis."
For two weeks every two years, counting both the Winter and Summer
Olympics, U.S. women athletes receive the coverage they are due.
Another 102 weeks of that and the sports media will finally have its
Christine Brennan, USA Today Sports columnist, network television
analyst and the author of the best-selling books Inside Edge and Edge
of Glory, is a leading voice on the Olympics, international sports,
women's sports and various sports issues.
NCAA's Special Rules
It's interesting the tools we use to insure that women (our
daughters) won't be able to compete with men (our sons). There are
alot of examples in sports, but this one is so insidious, that I'm
surprised no one, including the women's movement, has made much of a
fuss about it. College Basketball. You see, the NCAA has established
special rules for the "ladies". MS Magazine would call
them "chicks". (See their June, 1999 issue.) The regulation
basketball for women is smaller than the basketball used by "men's"
teams. Is it because their hands are smaller? What a smoke
screen. I used a regulation basketball when I was 12 or 13. I learned
to play fairly well in high school and college intramurals. My hands
never grew to the size of a pro-basketball player, yet I can still do
a bit of one-on-one. My hand is used to the regulation basketball.
Put a soccer ball in my hand, it's size and weight are different and
my accuracy will suffer. Train women to play with a soccer ball and
it automatically makes it more difficult to be competitive, if they
want to play in the NBA. What are we so afraid of that we have to
make special rules that separate the men and women? Look at virtually
any track and field event and the best women are better than most of
the men. So, what is it about our sexism that we have to set up
special rules to insure that women can't compete against men, and
can't have that chance of being equal?
Real Sports Features Women's Pro Soccer
in 2002 Collectors' Edition
From "Get in the Game" by "Soccer for Dummies" author Michael Lewis
to in-depth stories about league leaders like The Danielle Slaton
Story, there's something for new or hardcore fans in Real Sports
magazine's WUSA 2002 collector's edition. "This issue celebrates
women's professional soccer like it has never been presented before.
With outstanding sports writing from leaders in the field, our
subscribers have the chance to read in-depth stories on their
favorite teams while also learning about opposing teams and players
so that when they go head to head with their favorite team, our
readers will know whom to watch and what to watch during the game,"
said Amy Love, publisher.
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