Sports

Why Does Sports Media Ignore Women?

Anyone who follows US sports in more than the most cursory manner probably has an opinion on ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith — and anyone who’s been paying attention will know that he is, as Australian basketballer Andrew Bogut put it rather succinctly a couple of months back, a wanker. Smith is a professional loudmouth, a man whose career revolves around spouting “controversial” opinions in a controversial manner. As such, it wasn’t entirely surprising to hear him make an ass of himself last week with his opinions about women provoking domestic violence, and it’s been rather heartening to see his comments being ridiculed around the Internet. What’s less heartening is the way that ESPN has refused to sanction him — the network played a taped apology yesterday, but Smith will go back to work as though nothing’s happened, at least until the next time he says something stupid. … Read More

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Why Should I Care About the World Cup? A Rational Conversation

I’m finally ready to come out… as completely apathetic to the World Cup. I don’t get it, and it makes me feel sort of funny with regards to American international relations and our need to be The Best. Tom Hawking — Flavorwire senior editor, unapologetic Australian male, and participant in World Cup-related fun-having — has agreed to convince me of the competition’s merits over chat. I feel it is a safe space for me to finally reveal the least popular American opinion since the Beygency emerged. In a lot of ways, World Cup is the Beyoncé of sports. We get into this, and the reasons why a non-sports fan would enjoy World Cup pandemonium, below. … Read More

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10 Transcendentally Campy Figure Skating Routines Performed to Pop Songs

The 2014 Winter Olympics bring complicated feelings: on the one hand, I don’t want to watch because I don’t support Russia’s anti-gay laws. On the other hand: figure skating!!! No other sport mashes together athletic talent and overwhelming camp so nicely, and its biggest stars have been doing it for years. Luckily, there’s YouTube, that great archive of bizarre moments in pop culture, which allows us to revisit some of the wackiest routines in recent figure skating history — the kind that blend grace and pop music to sometimes hilarious results.  … Read More

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12 Moments from the 2014 Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony Everyone is Talking About

The Sochi Opening Ceremony kicked off the 2014 Winter Olympics. It was a surreal extravaganza, filled with beauty, controversy, and even a little bit of terror. It took audiences on a journey through the history of Russia and the country’s cultural milieu. The most expensive Winter Olympics was a feast for the eyes, and we’ve rounded up a few of the biggest moments from the ceremony that got people talking. … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Super Bowl Commercials of 2014

By almost all accounts (except for those of Seahawks fans, probably), last night’s Super Bowl was one of the most boring Super Bowls in recent memory. Bruno Mars’ halftime performance hovered slightly above our neutral expectations (his music is bland, but at least his feet can move), and the neon-green accents on the Seahawks uniforms looked kind of cool onscreen. Aside from that, without any power outages or nip slips, it was a pretty bland night (unless, of course, you entertained yourself with Flavorwire’s Official Halftime Show Drinking Game).
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Before Richard Sherman: 7 Other Athletes Who Spoke Up Against Bigotry

If you like sports, you should like Richard Sherman for a number of reasons:

1. He’s really good at what he does. He is a Pro Bowl cornerback on a defense that, in my estimation, is one of the best ever. He is only 25, and will undoubtedly get better at his position, meaning that he could very well be one of the best-ever players at his position — if he isn’t already. … Read More

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‘Kick and Run’ Author Jonathan Wilson’s 11 Favorite Works of Soccer Literature

Best known for his short stories and novels, author Jonathan Wilson has veered into memoir with Kick and Run, an account of his lifelong love of soccer. Funny and always full of heart, Wilson’s distinctive storytelling style sets it apart from your average fan’s tale of the world’s most popular sport. The book takes us from Wilson’s childhood, growing up Jewish in postwar England, through his travels around the world and plenty of other big life experiences, connecting it all to his love of the game. … Read More

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