Topic: football

Our New Hero? 11-Year-Old Girl Who Fought For Co-Ed Youth Football In Philly (And Won)

Our New Hero? 11-Year-Old Girl Who Fought For Co-Ed Youth Football In Philly (And Won)

We love love love all these little girls fighting for their right to pass the pigskin with the boys. The latest is Caroline Pla, an 11-year-old in Philadelphia. After playing on her local Catholic Youth Origination football team for two years, Pla was kicked off for being a girl when some jerk filed an anonymous complaint. But she’s baaaaackk…. More »

Stephen Colbert’s Super Bowl Drilldown: Gatorade, Wings, And Brain Damage

Stephen Colbert's Super Bowl Drilldown: Gatorade, Wings, And Brain Damage

Stephen Colbert waxed poetic about this year’s Super Bowl last night, and made light of nearly everything we hate about the event. Mainly: The notoriously unhealthy food–including flame-retardant-laced Gatorade and the outcry over this year’s chicken wing shortage that basically points to everything that’s wrong with factory farming–and the brain damage (just leave it to Colbert to make that funny). More »

Why Vegan NFL Players Could Help Make Football A Healthier Sport

Why Vegan NFL Players Could Help Make Football A Healthier Sport

Vegan football players aren’t getting the same press as NFL members heading up the sport’s link to brain damage and depression. And the health concerns that got them to ditch meat and dairy probably aren’t nearly as pressing. But the lifestyle changes they’ve made while staying in the game are strangely inspiring proof that if players can change something that’s such a big part of football “culture” without hurting their ability to play the game or be part of their teams, maybe there’s room for the other kinds of change that we need to see in football, too. More »

Why I Love Football…Despite My Worries About Football Injuries And Violence

Why I Love Football...Despite My Worries About Football Injuries And Violence

The Super Bowl is approaching, and, despite a tragic shortage of chicken wings, fans are rallying around the biggest day for the game they love. And while I’m excited, because I’m a football fan to my core, I’m also conflicted–and not just because my team didn’t make it. I’m conflicted because, between hoaxy girlfriends, the never-ending push to play with an injury, the brain damage, and the legacy of sexism, violence, and abuse, there are about a million reasons why football, as a professional sport and as an institution of higher education, should be decried by feminists, parents, concerned citizens, and generally moral human beings. More »

Tests Prove Junior Seau Suffered CTE Before Suicide…Unfortunately, Brain Damage Isn’t A Football Anomaly

Tests Prove Junior Seau Suffered CTE Before Suicide...Unfortunately, Brain Damage Isn't A Football Anomaly

Just weeks before the Super Bowl, new test results have proven that Junior Seau, the star player who committed suicide last spring, suffered CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), a form of brain disease increasingly associated with football. The news about Seau’s brian damage came after his family donated his brain to the National Institute of Health to be studied, where it was found that the former star NFL defense player suffered serious brain damage as a result of repeated hits to his head in the game. More »

Sam Gordon, 9-Year-Old Girl, Is New Star Running Back In Boys Football League

Sam Gordon, 9-Year-Old Girl, Is New Star Running Back In Boys Football League

The Gremlin League–a boys’ football league in Salt Lake City–has an impressive new star running back: a nine-year-old girl named Sam Gordon. Many are calling her the new internet sports sensation, partially thanks to a youtube video that outlines her 2012 season highlights (35 scores, 232 carries, 1,911 yards, 8.2 yards per carry, and 65 tackles), and features lots of great footage of the tiny player kicking ass on the field. More »