Now is the first time that a woman has been named a coach in the National Basketball Association. This column addresses some significant women's accomplishments in sports that involve a ball: tennis, soccer, football, basketball and golf.
Roger Goodell is the commissioner of the most popular professional sports league in the United States. This week he demonstrated just how much he learned at the feet of his predecessors, Paul Tagliabue and especially Pete Rozelle.
In a time when men's and women's sports teams feel like they are competing against each other for a fan base, it is refreshing to see the new Rapids coach embracing the game as a whole and encouraging fans of all genders.
This week, news came out that the Women's Professional Soccer League had cancelled their 2012 season. This country has to do a better job at supporting women's athletics both financially and in spirit.
The WNBA is firmly entrenched on the global sports landscape. Games are broadcast in more than 200 countries and territories, the league trends strongly on Twitter on game nights, and it has become the destination for the most talented female players in the world.
What was by far most striking was the reaction of the Japanese women when they won. There was no shoulder carrying, no shirts removed, no grand gestures. They lay on the ground, they hugged one another, and they seemed genuinely humbled by their victory.
The NBA fired 11 percent of its work force. Then they issued a press release saying, "The layoffs are not a direct result of the lockout." I have to check the rule book. I think that's the definition of double drivel.