GladiatHer® Wives: Samantha “DJ Spinvixen” Romantini Bethea

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Today we’re merging two of our classic features, GladiatHer® Wives and GladiatHer® Crush Wednesday, to introduce you to one outstanding woman. She’s a dedicated wife and mother, an entrepreneur and philanthropist and can make a party turn 0 to 100, real quick. To top that all off, she’s a proud graduate of the Real HU. Meet New Jersey’s own, Samantha Romantini Bethea aka DJ Spinvixen…

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GLADIATHER WIVES: DANISHA ROLLE

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We’re closing out the month of September with our GladiatHer® Wives feature! It’s no secret at all how we feel about women and sports; we believe women play vital roles in sports and should be given more opportunities to show their capabilities. Today’s GladiatHer® Wives feature, Danisha Rolle, feels the same way, and for the past eight years she’s been working to make the connection between women and sports even stronger. As a wife, mother and entrepreneur, Danisha is showing the world exactly how vital women are in the sports industry. Have a look at what Danisha has to say:  Continue reading

GENUINE PATRIOTISM

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If you read this blog with any sort of regularity, and by now you definitely should be, you know that I played sports for practically my entire childhood and until I graduated from college. I played tennis through college, ran track until I got to college and played soccer up until I got to high school. Last week, Megan Rapinoe, women from the Indiana Fever and Phoenix Mercury and other women in sports took knees during the National Anthem in protest of racial injustices in the United States. Watching these women and reading the comments sections (note to reader: never read the comments section) under articles about these women took me back to the days where my athletic prowess was on fleek. What dawned on me was that I don’t ever remember having the National Anthem played or flag raised at any of my events. Now maybe my 32-year-old mind is leaving out an occasional occurrence, but I can say with absolute certainty that it was nowhere near routine for the National Anthem to be played or flag to be acknowledged at the tennis matches, track meets or soccer games that I played in from my childhood to early adulthood.  But the way Americans have reacted to a handful of athletes kneeling for the Anthem suggests that reverence for Old Glory before sporting events is a time-honored, almost mandatory tradition.  So how was I robbed of such a large part of American culture for so long?

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HAIL TO THE REDNECKS

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Not too long ago I found myself in my home state of South Carolina standing in an NFL gear shop with my brother. I was doing some shopping when I characteristically found myself engaged in football banter. The target of the Townes Trash Talk was a random, middle-aged white man. He was an avid Carolina Panthers fan, and my brother and I proudly pull for the burgundy and gold of the NFC East. When we mentioned that our team resided in the nation’s capital, this random man said, “Oh, you like the Washington Rednecks.” My brother and I shook our heads, laughed it off and continued with our light-heartedly back and forth. But when I got home, I couldn’t seem to shake the fact that this man had called my beloved team the Rednecks. Rednecks. The term didn’t personally hurt my feelings but his statement served as a wake-up call. While the term redneck conjures up a number of images, the one I’m most familiar with is that of a rural, poor, white, Southern person who holds bigoted, ultra-conservative views. Growing up in the grand old South I had run into my (un)fair share of those kinds of “rednecks.” So when the gentlemen called my team the Rednecks, that’s what I saw; a bunch of racist white men flying burgundy and gold flags with pictures of Native Americans on them.

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GLADIATHER WIVES: SARAH BROWN

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This month’s GladiatHer™ Wives feature is pretty awesome, but you already know that because all of our GladiatHer™ Wives are pure dopeness. Her name is Sarah Brown and she is a prime example of what it means to live a balanced, well-rounded life. She serves others while taking care of herself, sees that life is deeper than what’s on the surface and aspires to have an impact on society. She’s a true inspiration, and I hope you all enjoy learning about her as much as I did! Continue reading

THE LADYBALL & GROWING WOMEN’S SPORTS

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Last week, some new hotness dropped; and by new hotness I mean utter ridiculousness.  It was dubbed the Ladyball and touted as a “soft-touch, easy play and fashion driven” alternative to regular (read manly) balls.  It was specially designed for “a woman’s unique grip” and “to go with every woman’s wardrobe.”  Say what?! You can feast your own eyes on the monstrosity below, but you shouldn’t be surprised that the streets didn’t take too kindly to the Ladyball.  Folks, myself included, got one look at the hot pink creation and took to Twitter with their thoughts.  Those thoughts shifted between frustration, sarcasm, annoyance and outrage.  Men and women found the Ladyball and its premises completely absurd and were willing to let the world know it.  It HAD to be a joke, right? Please say it’s a joke.  Lord, please don’t let it be so that an entire company of people thought this was a good idea. Continue reading

HEY, LEAVE BALLERINAS OUT OF IT

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Josh Norman and Odell Beckham Jr. (OBJ) gave football fans action on and off the field this past weekend.  The league’s top-rated cornerback and wide receiver, respectively, hit hard physically and verbally as they attempted to show their defensive and offensive prowess.  There are rumors about the nature of some of the verbal hits that took place between the two, but one of the quotes that has been heavily circulated and accepted as factual came from Norman as he discussed Beckham Jr.’s style of play and behavior during the game.  Norman stated, “If you’re going to come out and prance like a ballerina, that goes to show you what kind of player he is.”  Ballerina?  Football?  Continue reading