Thursday, November 14, 2013

The 50 Best Sports Movies, As Ranked by a Men's Website - And My Additions

This website Guyism (I don't know it either, but Thrillist linked to it this a.m.) ran a top 50 movies about sports list.

On a website dedicated to the interests of men, are we surprised only two movies that focus on female athletes are included? Fine, I guess not.

That said, those two movies*, especially A League of their Own which barely broke the top 20, should be higher on the list. Frankly, the write up on ALOFO was pretty lazy, imploring readers not to be sexist because the cast was good. Okay, there's a lot more to say, but I'm not here to write your columns for you, Guyism guys.

What female-centric sports movie would I add to the list? Definitely The Cutting Edge, which was super cheesy but also really adorable and made me, a young ice skater, even more excited about my sport. See also:

  • Bring It On, the 90s masterpiece about high school cheerleading
  • Bend It Like Beckham, if you like soccer and Keira Knightley (I don't but girl power and such)
  • National Velvet, which has Elizabeth "Freakin'" Taylor as the star
  • Blue Crush, because we all know surfing is the most bad ass sport. Seriously, which other mainstream sports put you in such imminent danger of being attacked by two great white sharks?
  • Girlfight, which is not only poignant as hell but introduced us to Michelle Rodriguez
  • and the lesser figure skating romance movie: Ice Castles
What other women-in-sports movies would you add to the list?

*Million Dollar Baby was the other movie and the Academy Award winner came in at #27, not even in the top half of best movies. To be fair, I've never seen the film, but it had Clint Eastwood so shouldn't a sexist men's website rank it higher?

Friday, November 8, 2013

Hi guys!

How is everyone? I know I haven't posted in three months but I am still here.

This is what has been going on in my life:

  • I started living alone in NYC, which is exciting and terrifying at the same time. I'm in the same apartment that I've shared with lovers and roommates over the past eight years
  • I went to many Yankees games but was, in all honesty, very relieved that they didn't make the playoffs. I didn't think they deserved it and I didn't want to give the Yankees org any more of my money in 2013
  • I kind of watched the MLB playoffs and can truly say good for Boston for winning this year. It's sort of like redemption for the Yankees not winning in 2001. When bad shit happens to your city, it's victories like this that really lift people back up from the ashes
  • I also went to my first NFL game! Go Jets! I mean, go Jets when you aren't playing the Saints! Geaux Saints!
  • I've taken several trips to far-flung, exotic locations, like Ogden, IL and Warwick, NY
  • I've been on about 1 million first dates and a few second and third dates...but no one has been lucky enough to grab my heart yet
  • I've thrown quite a few house parties and BBQs and am currently planning for a big Thanksgiving feast at my home
  • I stopped drinking temporarily
  • I started drinking again, but a lot less. Give me one glass of Pinot Noir and I'm like wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
  • I continued to grow my yoga practice, namaste
What's been going on with you?

Joanna, aka Your Baseball Girl