Community blog highlights!

Some great stuff over there today…
Lissette calls our attention to the fact that LPGA athletes are getting the WNBA treatment.
erica asks, “Will someone tell John McCain that the wife beating jokes just aren’t funny?”
And Josh O. of Planned Parenthood of South Dakota writes about how his state has failed to keep pace with declining teen birth rates.

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  1. dananddanica
    Posted June 27, 2008 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    I’m not sure how to react to the LPGA getting the WNBA treatment. Its a tough thing as the sport and people who profit from it are going to do what it takes to increase viewership which in and of itself will have positive effects.
    Not sure how else to do that as the LPGA is the exact same as the PGA game wise only the courses are shorter but the LPGA lacks a Tiger Woods. Also the LPGA has far more non-Americans, we’ll be interesting how they take advantage of that in the years to come.
    I still think female pro sports will need at least another generation to mature and become anywhere near as popular as male sports, the talent pools are just so shallow but if Title IX keeps kicking ass and more women keep playing that will change the depth of the fields and increase the number of people who will be interested in watching.
    What would anyone suggest to raise the profile of the LPGA without going the league of the own route? I really cant think of anything as the community involvement stuff is already being done and since the LPGA bans men they cant give Tiger or Phil an invite to one of their tournaments can they?

  2. montefiore
    Posted June 28, 2008 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    “I still think female pro sports will need at least another generation to mature and become anywhere near as popular as male sports”
    Hard to see how this will ever happen. The only athletic qualities at which the top women can surpass the top men are things like flexibility, which don’t play a huge role in the major sports.
    I guess tennis is the one major exception, where the strength of the men lead to faster serves and made the game boring (plus the women’s game has had a more interesting cast of characters). Hard to see that happening in other sports though. The gap between the top WNBA player (probably will be Candace Parker imminently) and even the lower tier of NBA players in terms of athleticism is truly massive (lumbering big men like Jerome James being an exception).

  3. dee
    Posted June 29, 2008 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Thank f-ing god I’m not married to a ‘devout’ Christian man. What lunacy!

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