Playing for Our Team

Lesbian Sports blog

Web Articles 2011

Why I Love ESPN

10/24/11

Why I Love ESPN

I’m a sports junkie, so it makes sense that my favorite network on television is ESPN. But the reason I love ESPN isn’t just because I love sports. Sure, I watch Sportscenter every day to get my fix. But there’s more to ESPN than sports headlines, in-depth analysis and statistics. There’s the story beyond the story. Since its inception, ESPN has continued to evolve and expand. It now covers every sport imaginable, from poker to soccer and everything in between. But it has also developed riveting investigative reporting shows such as Outside the Lines and E:60. These shows have a knack for finding the story beyond the sports story—the one that lingers in the background, in the bleachers, and on the sideline. And they’ve never been afraid to...

Posted at 07:06 PM | Permalink | Comments: 2

The Talk of “Gay” in the NBA

07/08/11

The Talk of “Gay” in the NBA

As a basketball fan, I’m excited with all the “gay” talk going on in the NBA. Here’s a quick rundown of the most recent developments:• Rick Welts, the president of the Arizona Phoenix Suns, recently came out of the closet. This is an important step forward in the right direction, because the NBA has often been known as an exclusive “hetero” league. The idea of a gay basketball player, president or owner was unheard of not too long ago. But the support Welts has received from visible All-Star players like Steve Nash, and the basketball community as a whole, is paramount to opening new doors of acceptance and evolution in the NBA.• Grant Hill and other NBA players have partnered up with GLSEN in order to address anti-gay language among teens....

Posted at 03:51 PM | Permalink | Comments

The Story of Kye Allums

04/08/11

The Story of Kye Allums

As 64 division I women’s basketball teams took the court for this year’s NCAA tournament, George Washington University was sitting on the sidelines. With an 8–21 record, the Colonials had what many would consider to be a losing record. But this team has a lot to celebrate, because of the humanity, tolerance and compassion its players showed off the court.Kye Allums is a member of the women’s basketball team at George Washington University. It is because of his story, that the true meaning of “team” was tested. Allums was born female, but he has always felt inherently male. During his freshman year of college, he decided to transition. However, this decision posed a unique problem. Allums wanted to continue playing the game he loved, but testosterone...

Posted at 08:10 PM | Permalink | Comments: 1

Say it isn’t so, Diana

03/16/11

Say it isn’t so, Diana

I’ve been a fan of WNBA All-Star Diana Taurasi since her days at UCONN. At the time, she was the best women’s college basketball player in the nation. She was so good, in fact, that UCONN coach Geno Auriemma would often say during interviews after close games, “They played a really good game. But we’ve got Diana.”

Posted at 04:12 PM | Permalink | Comments: 2