Commentary Archive

  • Carlisle: The most influential American female soccer players

    From Mia Hamm to Megan Rapinoe, the 11 most influential American female soccer players have made a lasting impact on the sport, on and off the field.

    Jun 2 4:44 PM ET | By Jeff Carlisle

  • Voepel: Rutgers AD Julie Hermann faces tough road

    It looks as if Rutgers is going to stand by its hire of Julie Hermann as athletic director. Hermann will tackle an already tough job made more difficult by missteps she's had even before officially taking over.

    Jun 1 5:41 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • Man Up

    Man Up: Val Ackerman talks with Harvey Schiller on softball, Olympics

    What is the state of women's softball? Will the sport return to the Olympics? Val Ackerman talks with IOC Commission on Women and Sport board member Harvey Schiller about this and more in her latest Man Up column.

    May 30 1:57 PM ET | By Val Ackerman

  • The Buzz That Was

    Crowning dating achievement

    The Grizzlies' Quincy Pondexter scores a date with Miss Tennessee, and Justin Bieber hunkers down and hides from Keyshawn Johndon in this week's Buzz That Was.

    May 31 4:53 PM ET | By D'Arcy Maine

  • That's What She Said

    TWSS: Chicago fans feast on memorable day

    Divided by the Crosstown Classic and then united by the Blackhawks' Game 7, Chicago fans binged on sports all Wednesday. In dramatic fashion, they went home happy.

    May 31 11:20 AM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Granderson: Time to stop celebrating women's dunks

    Brittney Griner’s impact on the WNBA will be drastically minimized if coverage of her games is reduced to the number of breakaway dunks she has. It's an expected play for her, not an automatic highlight.

    May 29 5:11 PM ET | By LZ Granderson

  • The Buzz That Was

    Pair of birdbrains

    Golfer Sergio Garcia and European Tour chief George O’Grady do their own rendition of "Dumb and Dumber" this week in The Buzz That Was.

    May 24 3:11 PM ET | By D'Arcy Maine

  • That's What She Said

    TWSS: Sports trends that need to end

    Buying gifts for athletes isn't the only sports trend Sarah Spain would like to see eighty-sixed.

    May 22 4:24 PM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • W Debate

    W Debate: Who will win the French Open?

    Serena Williams is on a hot streak. Victoria Azarenka owns the year's only major title. Will either of them come up victorious in France? Our writers debate.

    May 6 | By espnW

  • The Buzz That Was

    A bellyful of sports crazy this week

    Donna Lebano's decision to wait until the Blackhawks game ended to give birth is almost as skewed as a J.R. Smith jumper. It's a bellyful of crazy in The Buzz That Was.

    May 22 11:49 AM ET | By D'Arcy Maine

  • That's What She Said

    TWSS: Realignment makes Wings-Hawks series special

    The Blackhawks and Red Wings will square off in the Western Conference semifinals, and in this week's TWSS, Sarah Spain explains why this final go-round will be one to remember.

    May 15 1:10 PM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • W Debate

    W Debate: Can any team from the West contend with Miami?

    It's inevitable the Heat will emerge from the East. But which Western team will join them? And how much of a fighting chance do they have?

    May 6 | By espnW

  • Smith: Sports moms personify victory, defeat

    There's nothing quite like being a mom and raising an athlete. Michelle Smith writes about the rewarding experience of her child playing sports -- that is, when she can stomach watching.

    May 10 2:50 PM ET | By Michelle Smith

  • The Buzz That Was

    Fired up in The Buzz That Was

    We'll let Phyllis Tobias' middle digit let you know what we think of the cavemen at Maxim. Obviously, they couldn't handle a real woman.

    May 10 7:01 PM ET | By D'Arcy Maine

  • McManus: Firing highlights double standard

    TV sports reporter Susannah Collins was fired because of the same videos that had gotten her noticed, highlighting the bind women face in an industry based on looks.

    May 10 5:35 PM ET | By Jane McManus

  • Granderson: Sloane Stephens learning from Serena Williams

    For anyone who truly understands what it takes to be the best, this dustup between Sloane Stephens and Serena Williams is just business as usual.

    May 8 3:05 PM ET | By LZ Granderson

  • That's What She Said

    TWSS: Top Twitter follows for NBA postseason

    In this week's "That's What She Said," Sarah Spain invites you to pull up a virtual seat alongside her and follow some of her favorite funny sources for NBA tweets.

    May 8 4:08 PM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Man Up

    Man Up: Val Ackerman chats with LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena

    In Val Ackerman's latest Man Up column, acclaimed men's soccer coach Bruce Arena talks about why he sees a great future for the women's game in the United States.

    May 7 3:53 PM ET | By Val Ackerman

  • W Debate

    W Debate: The move to be WNBA's most improved

    Phoenix won the lottery, but Washington and Tulsa made big offseason moves. Who will be the WNBA's most improved team? That's up for debate.

    May 6 | By espnW

  • 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' has always existed in sports media

    Brittney Griner and Jason Collins recently acknowledged their sexuality in different ways, which begs the question of what role we the media should play in "outing" sports figures.

    May 1 4:54 PM ET | By Mechelle Voepel

  • The Buzz That Was

    Relax, like Johnny Manziel, AJ McCarron

    Here’s an idea: The Westboro Baptist Church should join Johnny Manziel and AJ McCarron on vacation and learn to relax. Meanwhile, as always, we spread the cheer in The Buzz That Was.

    May 8 9:33 AM ET | By D'Arcy Maine

  • That's What She Said

    TWSS: Hey Skylar, dig this list of demands

    Skylar Diggins is one of the most marketable basketball players in history, and in this week's TWSS, Sarah Spain explains what should have been on her wish list before signing with Jay-Z's Roc Nation.

    May 1 4:36 PM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Herman: An open letter to hockey analyst Don Cherry

    Former sports reporter Robin Herman was shocked by Don Cherry's recent comments about women in the locker room, but not for the reasons you'd suspect.

    May 1 8:47 AM ET | By Robin Herman

  • W Debate

    W Debate: What's next for free agent Tim Tebow

    In the first W Debate, Jane McManus and Sarah Spain discuss what Tim Tebow will need to do to stay in the NFL now that the Jets have released him.

    Apr 29 | By espnW

  • The Buzz That Was

    Jarvis Jones stars in tasty week

    Eric Decker and Jessie James say “I do” to a reality show, Jarvis Jones eats a sandwich likeness of his face, and Skylar Diggins signs up with Jay-Z, so there’s plenty to savor in “The Buzz That Was.”

    Apr 26 3:02 PM ET | By D'Arcy Maine