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Worst Writer-Award Winner Disgusts With Sexy Rodent Metaphor

It’s a writing award that most authors would want to avoid. However, novelist Molly Ringle found a silver lining in being the 28th annual recipient of the Bulwer-Lytton prize for the worst opening sentence of a novel.

Oooh, if only they added a “sports blog” category. I’m sure I’d be a shoe-in.

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It might be because you’re watching Tina Charles.

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From my fellow educator in LA: Kathy Goodman: Focus and effort

The last time I played basketball — the only time, really — I was in eighth grade and my U.S. History teacher, who coached the eighth-grade team, asked me to join because I was tall. I knew the rules of basketball — I had played it in gym class — but had no actual basketball skills. But I liked my history teacher, so I joined the team.  It became apparent pretty early in the process that I had no actual skills.  I couldn’t dribble; I couldn’t pass; I couldn’t shoot.  My coach still played me, though, because the one thing I could do was rebound.  It didn’t require great athleticism or years of practice.  It required focus and effort.  I was reminded of that often during the Sparks’ 80-68 loss to the New York Liberty on Tuesday night.

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From Sports, Media and Society: Sports blogging: Don’t look for big payoff

Damn. Well, there go my retirement plans!

But, more to the point:

As the Ad Age article makes clear, though, there are plenty of Brinings out there, willing to write about sports and a host of other topics — for free. The result may be a business model that discourages organizations from paying for quality reporting and writing. In other words,the free-content trend drags down the entire sports-reporting enterprise.

My highlight – and I’d add, the current business model discourages readers from expecting to pay for quality reporting and writing….

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Top 10 Fan Favorites Announced for 2010 WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun Balloting Presented by T-Mobile

**sits back an awaits the, “OMIGOD THIS PROCESS IS SO FLAWED” posts and articles.**

Congrats to San Antonio and their fans for getting the vote out. You got yourself some publicity (and, I believe, your players a little extra cash).

As for the other teams: Look and learn, y’all.

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An interesting article in light of the ACLs that plague women athletes: Phys Ed: What Exercise Science Doesn’t Know About Women
After his original work was completed, Dr. Rowlands says, “we received inquiries from female cyclists,” asking to be part of any further research. So, almost as an afterthought, Dr. Rowlands and his colleagues repeated the entire experiment with experienced female riders.

This time, though, the results were quite different.

WHB’s emphasis

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Interesting: I.O.C. to Seek Gender Equality

The International Olympic Committee says it will be promoting the U.N. goal of equality for women and will be pressing Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei to send female athletes to the 2012 Olympic games for the first time.

The question I have is will those women be allowed to ski jump or play softball?

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