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Name: Jonathan Crowe
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mcwetboy has posted 4 links and 5 comments to SportsFilter and 0 links and 2 comments to the Locker Room.

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Relax, it's just a game.: The Canadian Hockey Association launches a brilliant ad campaign to combat boorish behaviour among hockey parents. Watch the ads online. (via Roy MacGregor's column in today's Globe and Mail)

posted by mcwetboy to hockey at 09:03 AM on November 28, 2002 - 1 comment

The Olympics have gotten too big and need to shrink.: Dick Pound will argue this week that the IOC needs to "begin culling the events before we see gold medals being awarded in mall walking and spelling bees," as columnist Roy MacGregor puts it. While ballroom dancing, cheerleading and chess clamour for Olympic recognition, baseball, softball and modern pentathlon may be on the block. Realistically, which events should go?

posted by mcwetboy to other at 07:11 AM on November 27, 2002 - 14 comments

"So why is it that sex still counts? Suzy Whaley recently qualified to become the first women to play in a Professional Golf Association Tour event. Tennis star Venus Williams's serves have been clocked at around 190 kilometres per hour, about the same as Andre Agassi's. And women can match men in long-distance running and swimming marathons." After four years of court challenges, Justine Blainey took her battle for the right to play on boys' hockey teams to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1987 -- and won. Now a married chiropractor with a daughter, Justine Blainey-Broker reflects on the gender gap in sports.

posted by mcwetboy to culture at 08:47 AM on October 07, 2002 - 10 comments

"When female athletes are not being depicted as sex objects, they're often portrayed as too masculine, or—gasp—as lesbians.": That is, if they're getting any coverage at all; they usually don't unless there's some sex appeal going on (anyone for tennis?). Lisa Goldman, writing in the outstanding Ryerson Review of Journalism, looks at the Canadian media's reporting of women's sports, which she finds generally abysmal—except that CBC Sports makes a concerted effort to cover women, and now there's the digital specialty channel WTSN (which I've never seen).

posted by mcwetboy to culture at 08:49 PM on July 13, 2002 - 15 comments

Recent Comments

I posted this last November, actually.

posted by mcwetboy at 09:13 PM on January 20, 2003

The Olympics have gotten too big and need to shrink.


posted by mcwetboy at 10:24 AM on November 27, 2002

patrickje, while Blainey-Broker's comments are en passant and don't go into detail, I don't think they necessarily support the reading you're giving to them. "Women can match men . . . " -- what does this mean? That women can stay in the pack and remain reasonably competitive? That women can break the top 10? Top 100? Top 1000? How many women must place at what rank before you change your position? You can't say that she's completely wrong without knowing what she's referring to. And providing some data from your end would have helped, too (i.e., "she's completely wrong, and here's why [link] . . . "). top female athletes are still nowhere near a top male athlete That's as may be, but I think her point was that women could be competitive, not dominant. Again, maybe not top 10 or even top 100 (depending on the competition), but they wouldn't automatically finish dead last. You talk as though not being able to finish first means there's no point in participating. (Of course, that could be my Canadianness speaking. Going for the bronze, oh yeah.) We're not talking top echelons, we're talking the entire range of the minor- and major-league and professional circuits. Can top women athletes hold their own against utility players, for example? I think they can. Against the best of the best? Now you're just moving the goalposts back. I also somehow think you're underestimating women athletes. I think the Williams sisters would do better than the "average" pro tennis player -- it depends on what you mean by "average" -- and I suspect a women's college basketball player could absolutely mop up at the YMCA. But that's just my hunch, which is probably no worse than yours.

posted by mcwetboy at 03:34 PM on October 07, 2002

CBC, Ron MacLean fail to reach deal.

He's baaaack.

posted by mcwetboy at 08:32 AM on October 04, 2002

"It" being the cookie problems, I mean.

posted by mcwetboy at 08:21 PM on August 01, 2002

I'm getting it on Mozilla 1.0 RC1 on Mac OS X (yes, I know, I need to upgrade), but have no troubles with IE 5.2 (OS X).

posted by mcwetboy at 08:20 PM on August 01, 2002

"When female athletes are not being depicted as sex objects, they're often portrayed as too masculine, or—gasp—as lesbians."

Seems to me that part of the problem (which I don't think Goldman addresses) is that there are fewer women's sports that are at a professional level equivalent to the NBA/NFL/etc. Is amateur/minor-league sports coverage that much better on the men's side? Is men's volleyball? Mind you, that leaves aside the question of why women's sports aren't at a level equivalent to professional sports (except for tennis, which some would argue is precisely due to the T&A factor).

posted by mcwetboy at 10:39 PM on July 13, 2002