NEW HAVEN, Ct. (BP) -- For most of
last month, the sports world celebrated the 40th anniversary of Title
IX, the amendment that all but put an end to sexual discrimination in
regards high school -- and most importantly -- collegiate sports.
While that form of sexual bias has
made the sporting field a bit more equal, the battle within the press
box and locker rooms of sports tells another story.
Unlike that old
cigarette Virginia Slims commercial, they've not "come a long way" since
the days of Phyllis George and others because of the old boy network
that still exists.
Today, I'll give you a brief list of some of my favorite female sports journalists.
1. Doris Burke -- The BEST current
basketball analyst in any network. She can do the NBA, NCAA, or WNBA.
No pretentious bullshit from Ms. Burke. I'll take her over ANY (and I do
mean ANY) hoop talking head. Her talents were wasted by ABC/The Mouse
when she was regulated to the sidelines during the NBA Finals.
2. Robin Roberts -- Again another tremendously versatile performer. The
only person that I know of that has hosted both "Good Morning America"
and "Wide World of Sports" as well as the NCAA Women's Tournament. She
could kick Trey Wingo's worthless ass in her sleep. Here's hoping that
she can win her latest battle with myelodysplastic syndrome. We'll be praying for her
3. Kimberly Jones -- Yeah, she a "pretty girl". But I've always liked
her work on YES Network (football, baseball) and her reporting on WFAN
during the Sandusky sex scandal was outstanding. She called on her
excellent reporting skills during this period and was a helluva lot more
informative than mainstream media was at the time. Unfortunately, she
hasn't been seen lately. How dare she be so damn good some idiot
4. Pam Ward -- I'll admit my bias here because I was lucky enough to
work with this talented lady during my tenure at the Mouse. Another
versatile performer who can do play-by-play (football, hoops, etc.) and
or studio work. I truly believe a lot of the criticism she receives are
from folks who still thinks women shouldn't be in the booth and just be
barefoot and pregnant. Sadly, he was dropped from her gig as a college
football announcer. It's the network's loss.
5. Pam Oliver -- Probably the only real credible "sideline reporter" in
the business. She goes beyond the "so and so got hurt on the last play
and that shit hurts, Joe". FOX has given her the opportunity to do more
weekly interviews to offset the train wreck that is FOX NFL Sunday. Oh,
yeah -- she's nice on the eyes too.
Okay, let the debate begin!!
Tony McClean can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.