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The Climate of Women in Sports

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I have to start this column by stating one thing: I am completely PRO women sports. I respect the hell out of female athletes who train day in and day out to compete at the highest level of performance possible. This article is more intended to the leagues, conferences, PR gurus and general public as a means to bring awareness to the fact these women bust their ass much of the time to little accolades. I want to help change that.

When people first spoke of a UFC women’s division the main reaction was one of “ugh … really?” At least that’s what I heard around my water cooler. Men had zero interest in watching two women beat the living crap out of each other in an octagon, let alone paying big bucks to see it on a pay per view. Now in a pool of Jell-O…. I might have swayed their interest.

Ronda Rousey vs Miesha TateBut Ronda Rousey has changed all that. Aside from being an attractive female, she is a force to be reckoned with in the ring. Neither of these things are what really compel people to hand over their hard earned money to Dana White to watch her fight. No, it’s this larger than life “heel” persona she has created about herself. And she’s crafted it perfectly.

CHECK OUT – Danica Patrick at the Daytona 500

Some people respect Rousey for her world class judo skills. Others consider her a spoiled brat. As someone that has witnessed this woman in a gym and in action, I think of her as the bitch I will never cut in line for the water fountain. Love her or hate her, she simply doesn’t give a damn. All that matters to her is that you respect those around her whom she cares about.

CHECK OUT – Miesha Tate on the cover of Fitness Gurls

As a girl growing up in girl world, I can’t tell you the number of times I have heard girls say, “I would respect her more if she would just say that @#$% to my face.” Well, Rousey does just that. While some may have viewed her refusal to shake Meisha Tate’s hand as a blatant sign of disrespect, in Ronda’s mind her actions were fully justified. After Tate’s behavior towards Rousey’s team on “Ultimate Fighter,” Rousey was done playing nice. So no apology … No handshake. And until her trainer and team receive and accept said apology it will probably remain that way.

Ronda-RouseyThe most compelling people to watch, not only in sports or entertainment but generally in real life, are the ones that have strong opinions. The ones who lay it all out there of what is right or wrong. At least in their minds. You don’t have to agree with them but they certainly aren’t going to shy away from sharing it with you either. I consider myself a pretty vocal person, and it’s not necessarily how I always go about my life, but I can’t deny that I don’t tune into certain television shows just to hear what some of my favorite soapbox grandstanders may say or do next.

Women sports need more personalities like Rousey in order to survive and thrive in a market dominated by men. No one heralds the WNBA finals or buys their video games for PlayStation. (Do they even make those? … Will check the Google machine later.) Women’s golf? … Volleyball? … Softball? Soccer? … Aside from Hope Solo, Brandy Chastain and the Williams sisters, show me a woman from any of these sports that SportsCenter dedicated more than 30 seconds of their rundown to.

Which brings me to my point, women like Rousey are paving a new way for women in sports. I only hope other female athletes, their teams, and their representation see genius in her marketing and help bring awareness to the “stories” behind their stars. Maybe then we can really begin to play ball with the boys.

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The 20 Most Beautiful Women in WWE History

From Attitude Era to Today’s WWE Stars | Special Thanks to DivaBible

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Wrestlemania 34 is this weekend. The biggest wrestling event of the year. And with the WWE looking back to yesteryear with RAW 25 bringing back some of the biggest names in WWE’s Attitude Era to today, we wanted to take a look at the 20 Most Beautiful & Sexiest Female Superstars in WWE history. For this list, we teamed up with DivaBible. Thank you so much for your help. Check out our list below, and let us know if we missed somebody in the comments below.

Also check out last years list: Top 10 Most Beautiful WWE Female Stars Today


20. AJ Lee

AJ Lee was the Queen of the ring when she was at the WWE. She was a 3-time Divas Champion and held that title for over 406 consecutive days. She also won the Slammy Award for Diva of the Year in 2012 and 2014 and was voted Woman of the Year by readers of Pro Wrestling Illustrated from 2012 to 2014. We love AJ, cause she was like the hot ex-girlfriend that’s a little on the crazy side. Beautiful and crazy is a hella good combo.

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Paige Spiranac Woman of the Moment

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Paige Spiranac has only had mild success during her short time as a professional golfer, but she has quickly become one of the biggest names in the sport. You only have to take a quick look at her Instagram account to see why she has become so popular. Spiranac has amassed more than 1.3 million followers on social media primarily due to her looks, but she is using her newfound fame to support several good causes.

Also, check out: Paige Spiranac Looks Amazing Doing Top Golf

The sport of golf has a tendency to take itself too seriously, but the same can’t be said about Paige Spiranac. She is not afraid to make a goofy video or strike a model pose on the golf course. This has helped her capture the mainstream audience that golf often ignores. This mainstream appeal has even landed her a spot in the upcoming “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.”

This was such a hard secret to keep! But I’m so honored and humbled to be included in #SISwim 2018! This issue is about self-love, empowering women, body positivity, and encouraging everyone to be kind. Women face so much pressure every. single. day. to look, act, and talk a certain way, and it is so difficult trying to figure out what you “can” and “should” be. It’s taken a long time, but I’m proud of my body! I’m proud of who I am! I’m proud that I can be strong, smart, AND sexy! SI Swim embraces ALL women, no matter what, and just wants them to feel loved. You should feel loved and powerful and unapologetically YOU! And don’t let ANYONE tell you that you’re not perfect just the way you are. Thank you to @mj_day and the whole team for believing in me and letting me share my story. You’ve changed my outlook on life and let me know it’s okay to love my body❤️ #siswim

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It has not all been easy for Spiranac. Her looks and risque photos have upset die-hard golf fans. She constantly receives death threats and other harassing remarks online. While this would upset most people, it has only pushed Spiranac to work harder. She is constantly challenging the LPGA’s sexist uniform rules by wearing short skirts and leggings during tournaments. She has also started working with CyberSmile to help end online bullying.

Paige Spiranac may not be near the top of the LPGA rankings, but she is the most important person in the sport. She may be treated like a gimmick by golf purists, but it will not stop her from trying to make the world a better place.

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Paige VanZant Throwing One of Her Teammates off a Boat

…and herself, off of a boat.

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What happens when Paige VanZant and her fighter friends go boating 😎 @austinv170 @coach_dave_wl. (more…)

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