Well, it's the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, a three-day span rife with beer, outdoor cooking, and the type of conversation that often occurs when large amounts of meat are burning on a grill: sports talk.Usually, sports talk involves a male-dominated roundtable that covers last night's playoff game or the minutia of baseball stats.
Those subjects are all fine and dandy, but the past several weeks have provided plenty of outside-the-lines subjects to cover, subjects whose importance perhaps might bypass a typical sports fan. So, this weekend, we suggest you tell those dudes to go get you another PBR and shut their pieholes, because it's your turn to talk about sports topics that are important to you.
What might those topics be? A few suggestions:
1) Female Indy car driver Danica Patrick will battle it out at one of the most storied—although, at this point, stale—events in sports history, the Indy 500. Now, we talk about Patrick quite a bit here on Jock Bitch. That's because she's such an emblem of all things amazing and all things awful about women in sport. She is stunningly good Indy car driver, one of the best in the world, certainly the most successful female driver ever.She also is, quite frankly, super hot, and doesn't fear using that to advance her profile. In fact, even those of you who don't give a rat's ass about sports probably have seen Patrick…clad in a bikini, draped across a car, in some magazine or other.So…what do we do with this? I mean, on the one hand, more power to Patrick for exhibiting such agency in controlling her own career, and making some bank in the process, and for not fearing her own power. On the other hand…bikinis? On a car hood? Really?
2) This one comes from the ol' virtual mailbag, as several folks have written in about this month's tryouts for the Lingerie Football League. The league began as an alternate Super Bowl halftime show that was aired on pay-per-view cable networks. The concept is pretty simple to grasp. The games are full-contact, and the players wear helmets, shoulder pads…and bikinis. Its first year, the league fielded four teams, and the 2009-2010 season features 10 teams. Ten freakin' teams. That somehow 10 teams exist is disgusting, but perhaps even grosser is the bemused media coverage that accompanied the nationwide tryouts. Articles—accompanied by photos of scantily clad young women tackling each other or holding footballs in a suggestive manner—ran in many major news outlets, but none of them seemed to want to discuss the myriad of issues this brings up concerning sexism, feminism, and sports.
3) Finally, this might not have much to do with feminism and sports (except for the fact that I found out about it on the horribly piggish sports blog Deadspin), but recently the UConn and Florida baseball teams got sidelined by a 5-hour rain delay. So what'd they do to pass the time? They had a freakin' DANCE OFF! Awesome. Follow the link to stupid Deadspin for the video: http://deadspin.com/5265981/all-big-east-baseball-games-now-decided-by-dance-off