Commentary Archive

  • That's What She Said

    TWSS: Phil Jackson should go to Cleveland

    When Cleveland reached out to Phil Jackson about its coaching vacancy, the legendary coach reportedly dismissed the idea quickly, but in this week's "That's What She Said," Sarah Spain says he should have jumped at the gig.

    Apr 25 1:44 PM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • McManus: Visiting a pre-Title IX world

    In Georgia and Azerbaijan, Jane McManus talked with women and girls who are just beginning to dream of getting the chance to participate in or cover sports.

    Jun 10 12:46 PM ET | By Jane McManus

  • W roundtable

    W roundtable: Which QB will find NFL success?

    There seems to be a shortage of surefire QB stars in this year's draft class, but some serviceable choices remain. Here's who our writers are picking to find success at the next level.

    Apr 22 | By espnW

  • Fagan: What exactly does it mean to be an openly gay athlete?

    What exactly does it mean to be an openly gay athlete? Well, the recent news surrounding Brittney Griner shows the changing dialogue around gay athletes in sports.

    May 28 1:19 PM ET | By Kate Fagan

  • Hill: Brittney Griner's clear, inspirational message

    The simplicity in Brittney Griner's announcement was striking, and telling. It said a lot about who she is, and it sent a clear, inspirational message to any person who might be considering coming out.

    Apr 25 1:57 PM ET | By Jemele Hill

  • Man Up

    Man Up: Val Ackerman talks with sports TV consultant Neal Pilson

    Sports TV consultant Neal Pilson dissects the evolution of women's sports on TV, the current state of network interest, where programming is headed and more.

    Apr 20 8:18 PM ET | By Val Ackerman

  • The Buzz That Was

    A little laughter in a tragic week

    Before we get to the funny stuff from Adam Scott, Chandler Harnish and Gabby Douglas during this somber week, The Buzz That Was leads off with an emotional national anthem by the fans in Boston.

    Apr 19 2:15 PM ET | By D'Arcy Maine

  • McManus: Azerbaijani women rewriting their athletic history

    espnW contributor Jane McManus is on a trip with State Department exchange trip to Azerbaijan and Georgia to empower young women through sports.

    Jun 10 12:46 PM ET | By Jane McManus

  • That's What She Said

    TWSS: Swoopes, Delle Donne may help women's hoops popularity in Chicago

    In a city rich with basketball history, women's basketball has struggled to sustain popularity in Chicago. The additions of two prominent names could change that.

    Apr 17 3:46 PM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • W roundtable

    W roundtable: Can anyone beat the Heat?

    With the NBA regular season ending, is another Miami championship a foregone conclusion? Our writers weigh in with possible upset picks.

    Apr 15 | By espnW

  • Isaacson: UCLA coach Alford's statement not rooted in reality

    UCLA coach Steve Alford is trying to distance himself from a sexual assualt case involving one of his players at Iowa. Trouble is, the picture he paints of the case is not reality.

    Apr 15 11:17 PM ET | By Melissa Isaacson

  • Foudy: Will latest women's pro soccer league be a success?

    Saturday's launch of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) brings one question to the lips of many: Will the third version of a women's professional soccer league be the charm?

    Apr 13 11:11 PM ET | By Julie Foudy

  • McManus: Teaching in Georgia gratifying

    espnW contributor Jane McManus is on a trip with State Department exchange trip to Azerbaijan and Georgia to empower young women through sports.

    Jun 10 12:45 PM ET | By Jane McManus

  • The Buzz That Was

    The Buzz That Was: A crass menagerie

    Leave it to Metta World Peace to top a severed goat’s head for lunacy. Elsewhere, Spike Albrecht's tweet to Kate Upton surely is lost on Vin Scully in this week's "The Buzz That Was."

    Apr 12 3:00 PM ET | By D'Arcy Maine

  • McManus: Teaching, learning from women in Azerbaijan and Georgia

    espnW contributor Jane McManus is on a trip with State Department exchange trip to Azerbaijan and Georgia to empower young women through sports.

    Jun 10 12:45 PM ET | By Jane McManus

  • That's What She Said

    Spain: An NBA season full of blown calls

    Including Dwight Howard's impact on the Lakers and Derrick Rose's return, we were wrong about so much this NBA season. As the playoffs near, let's review the mistakes.

    Apr 10 3:32 PM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • Fagan: No woman, not even Griner, could play in NBA

    It's time for a reality check. No current female basketball player would be able to compete in the NBA, and that includes Baylor center Brittney Griner.

    May 28 10:40 PM ET | By Kate Fagan

  • The Buzz That Was

    The Buzz That Was: Occult of personality

    Mark Cuban says numerology is telling him Brittney Griner could make it in the NBA; Robinson Cano joins forces with Jay-Z; and Josh Reddick resembles the Wolfman. We review another week that doesn't quite add up in The Buzz That Was.

    Apr 5 4:07 PM ET | By D'Arcy Maine

  • Hill: Brittney Griner NBA offer a false promise

    It would have been perfect if Griner had told Cuban to spend more time worrying about the Mavericks' playoffs chances than her NBA possibilities.

    Apr 4 1:18 PM ET | By Jemele Hill

  • Man Up

    Man Up: Val Ackerman talks with former NHL GM Brian Burke

    Former NHL GM and current part-time scout Brian Burke talks with Val Ackerman about the rapid growth and quality of women's hockey and his no-tolerance stance on bigotry in sports.

    Apr 3 12:29 PM ET | By Val Ackerman

  • That's What She Said

    Spain: And the winner of this year's Bracket of Awesome is ...

    After five rounds of totally awesome matchups, it all came down to No. 11 seed Vegas Trip versus No. 2. Tropical Vacation. And this year's Bracket of Awesome winner is ...

    Apr 2 12:58 PM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • That's What She Said

    Spain: Vegas Trip or Tropical Vacation? Which wins our Awesome title?

    Vegas Trip or Tropical Vacation? Vote now to decide which will win our second annual Bracket of Awesome.

    Apr 1 10:23 AM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • W roundtable

    W roundtable: Nothing wrong with another LPGA major

    The LPGA has had an ever-shifting rotation of major tournaments, so the introduction of the Evian Masters this year is likely to do more good than not.

    Apr 1 | By espnW

  • That's What She Said

    Spain: We're down to the Final Four in the Bracket of Awesome

    Sunday Funday or Vegas Trip? Sleeping In or Tropical Vacation? Vote now to decide which will reach our Bracket of Awesome title match!

    Mar 29 5:34 PM ET | By Sarah Spain

  • The Buzz That Was

    The Buzz That Was: Circus atmosphere

    Johnny Manziel off Twitter? With Phil Jackson tweeting and a Ryan Lochte reality show, there’s no shortage of clowns in this edition of "The Buzz That Was."

    Apr 5 12:55 PM ET | By D'Arcy Maine