|"Women know more about sports than men." - Erin Andrews|
- The month of September officially signals the Return of The Mashing otherwise known as football season otherwise known as Baby, Why Are You Sitting Under Me and The Fellas When You Know That You Know Nothing About Football? Or rather I should say the ninth month of the year had previously signaled as such. Nowadays, as far as football weekends are concerned, women not only sit and watch but actually know the game. And are dead serious about their football team. Robyn, of Ballertainment.com fame, quickly comes to mind. She is so well-rounded that she routinely predicts the outcomes of games and offers in-depth analysis of the bread-and-butter, weaknesses, intangibles of whatever team.
- Over the years I've written quite a few sports articles, locally and distant, for various outlets. I love sports. I love everything sports-related, from coaches to players to teams to rivalries to thick-headed perspectives offered by fans and sports writers alike. Writers such as the late Ralph Wiley, who penned many of the most thought-provoking sports essays these eyes have ever read. Beyond the games, uniforms, stadiums, crowds, politics and media hype, as Wiley explained, there is a dimension in sports that cannot be found via another form of entertainment. Once upon a time, trying to explain that particular scope to the naked eyes of a woman had proven itself to be a difficult task. But now - now that women and sports have become synonymous - the moral of all sporting stories remain in tact.
- My friend Tracy keeps me laughing each time she claims to have three favorite NFL teams, although I've adamantly insisted that is hardly possible. Which isn't to say she doesn't know her football - she owns vast knowledge. Case in point: She once emphasized strength-of-schedule concerning her hometown and fave college football team that left me thoroughly impressed. It's just that I cannot imagine placing another pro team above my one and only New Orleans Saints. Apparently she can. Coincidentally, Tracy insists that she will transform me into a Razorbacks fan. Though not before I have her screaming Who Dat and Bring 'Em To The Dome at the top of her lungs.
- Last October, while attending a homecoming game with friends and family, I was provided a bit of clarity as to how much the game had changed. The scenario: opposing team kicks off after having scored the potential game-winning touchdown and now holds 5 point lead in final minute of contest. So it was important for my friend's alma mater to somehow move the ball down the field within a matter of seconds in order to give the QB's weak arm a legitimate shot at throwing an all but expected hail mary-pass that could reach the end zone. As the offense lined up for the first play from deep within its own territory, Aishah stood and yelled towards the sideline, "Why on Earth are we in I-Formation when at the very least we should be in a damn three-receiver set!" Like I said, women are passionate about their sports.
- Muhammad Ali, in my opinion, is the most enigmatic sports figure in the history of sports. More legendary than Babe Ruth. More electrifying than Michael Jordan. More formidable than Mike Tyson. More decorated than Tiger Woods. More diplomatic than Arthur Ashe and all of these sporting heroes, combined. Ali rumbled and, truth be told, remains The Greatest for reasons that extend far beyond scoreboards and stats. But only true Ali fans understand why. So one can imagine how shocked I was to find myself in a conversation with Saadia regarding The Champ, where she stood toe-to-toe in recounting Ali's significance. I tried to pull a rope-a-dope and feign knowledge at one point- to see if she could truly hold her own, only to watch her score a knockout in accurately depicting the documentary "When We Were Kings" as Ali's unblinking rite of passage.