She shoots, she scores!

Ryan’s sister

“We just have to win Saturday’s game,” Ryan said, swinging an imaginary hockey stick. “The Lightning Bolts will be number one if we win.”

Ryan’s sister, Kelly, glanced up from the homework she was doing at the kitchen table. “What are you worried about? You guys have been doing pretty good lately.”

“Casey has the chickenpox,” Ryan said, dejected at the thought of losing the team’s star forward.

“Why don’t you let me play?” Kelly asked. “You know I’m just as good as most of the guys on the Bolts, if not better.”

Ryan gave Kelly a disdainful look. “You can’t play ice hockey,” he said. “You’re a girl.”

“What does that have to do with it?” she asked. “I can skate faster than all of you, and I can get the puck in the net, too.”

“But no girls play on the local hockey teams,” Ryan said. He couldn’t believe what his sister was saying. “I’ve been playing with you every winter since I was four and you were three,” Kelly reminded him.

“Well, I’ve got to get to practice,” Ryan said as he let himself out into the cold, fresh air of the Vermont winter. He walked around the outdoor skating rink his father had built in the backyard and headed down the road to the town rink. Read more golf gps reviews at

What baseball was to some towns, ice hockey was to Ryan’s small town. The kids were practically born with hockey sticks in their hands. Sure, some of the girls practiced hitting a puck around, and some of them were pretty good. Actually, Kelly was really good. She could even score against Ryan when he was playing goalie. Kelly was smaller and lighter than most of the guys, but she had great speed and better control of the puck.

He thought about suggesting to his teammates that Kelly play with them. Then he shuddered when he imagined how they would react. Hockey just wasn’t a sport for girls.


Brought To You By Fox

Fox Sport Problems

Making its U.S. Open broadcast debut, Fox Sports begins to show what its $1.1 billion jump into golf is all about

For two decades, America has experienced the U.S. Open through NBC cameras under the command of Emmy Award-winning producer Tommy Roy, spiced by the observations and insights of an estimable group that has included Dick Enberg, Dan Hicks, Johnny Miller, Roger Maltbie and many others. That all changes this week when Fox Sports takes over in the first Open installment of its 12-year, $1.1 billion deal with the USGA.

‘We need to be in the right places on the golf course at the right time, just like NBC was. We have a lot to live up to, and we know that going in.’


The many questions that this transition creates mostly involve expectations, and there are several queries not even Fox can answer with certainty. It all will add to the intensity of what promises to be a compelling competition at Chambers Bay, which like Fox is making its debut on the big stage.

Though Fox has had test runs at the men’s and women’s U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championships, this is the event it broke the bank for. Not only has Fox not broadcast a major championship before, it had not covered golf until now. Click here to read more about that.

In Chambers Bay the network has, for better or worse, a physically demanding venue with severe elevation changes and lots of narrow passages between man-made mounds that will make traversing the landscape difficult for fans and media.


Strutting his stuff

LOS ANGELES IS NO PLACE FOR THE shy, and Shaquille O’Neal feels right at home. Here he is one recent evening onstage at a Sunset Strip club, celebrating the launch of his new label, T.W.IsM. (This World Is Mine). At 7 feet 1 and 300 pounds, he is decked out head to toe in turquoise leather-with a $120 million basketball contract under one ann and a MAN OF STEEL tattoo emblazoned on the other. The audience is a hip-hop who’s who, including Warren G, Bobby Brown, Rick James, TLC and Dean Cain, the much smaller fellow who plays Superman on TV. Here is Shaq, hear him roar:

“Bow down when I come to your town/Bow down when I am westward bound/Bow down because I am not a hater like you/Bow down to a bailer that’s greater than you.”

freyer there were a perfect match for the synergistic ’90s, it would appear to be Shaq and L.A., a city where the urge to be “a baller” (a basketball player), a rapper and a movie star seems a normal appetite. Liberated from Orlando, where Disney is the biggest show in town, O’Neal, who is still just 24 years old, has burst into L.A., where Disney is merely an option. ‘Wbis team and this city have always been personality-driven,” says lakers executive Jerry West, “and Shaq has that personality.”

Shaq will open his biggest act Friday night at the Great Western Forum, having defied 50 years of NBA tradition. By taking the Lakers’ loot to leave the Orlando Magic, O’Neal became the first “franchise player” to simply walk away from his franchise. “They were bullcrapping around down there so I thought it was time to leave,” said O’Neal after an exhibition game. “I would rather be a big fish with a lot of other big fish-like Jack Nicholson and Magic–in the big pond.”

Back in Orlando, O’Neal played ball, hung out at his oversize mansion or cruised the local highways, blaring music. In L.A., Shaq, with a ready smile and a flirtatious way, is already a fixture on black Hollywood’s party scene (and has thrown two of his own in the past month). Shaq is out on the town regularly, dining at Georgia, a hot spot owned by Denzel Washington and Eddie Murphy, or catching a show. Occasionally he has 18-year-old rookie Kobe Bryant in tow. “Jerry West asked me to look out for Kobe this season and keep him on the right track–keep him from the evil people in this business,” he says. “I can do that.”


Michael’s Moments

The 5 greatest games of Michael Jordan’s basketball career!

The NBA Finals tip off this this month. That’s not news.

Michael Jordan won’t be playing in them. Now that’s something new.

This is crunchtime, when great players become heroes and great teams become champions. Jordan says this was his favorite time to put the ball through the hoop.

“It’s a challenge to become out and play your best basketball at the best times, the most crucial times,” Jordan says.

But Jordan, possibly the greatest basketball player ever, retired before this year’s (short) season began. He hung up the red and black Chicago Bulls jersey he wore to help his team win six of the past eight National Basketball Association championships.

So instead of adding to his legend. Michael leaves us with memories of his greatest moments on a basketball court.

Choosing five great Michael moments was harder that it sounds. There have been hundreds of them.

“I always want to play well every game because there will be people in the arena who would be seeing me play for the first time,” Jordan once explained.

For those who saw these five games, they saw the best at his best.



In the name of culture an entity

Culture What a word! Simply put, nowadays it means “the ways of a people.” It’s thrown around like all Native people have the same culture. But we know better, don’t we?

Mohawks have a different culture than the Inuit. Cree people do things differently than the Haida. Even White people have British culture and Russian culture, and a whole lot of other cultures. And in those cultures, which are based on Nations, there’s pop culture, urban culture, and hip hop culture. For example, there’s urban Crees and Northern reserve Crees, Cree youth and Cree elderly, who all behave differently. There are tiny cultures inside of larger cultures.

There’s even horticulture or the study of plant cultivation! And there, lies the root of our word culture. Culture is related to cultivation and it may help us to think of the term agriculture. A long time ago if someone was talking about culture he or she was probably not talking about the ways of a people. They were talking about growing, planting, or creating things. But now, it’s about the ways of a people.

Along with culture, there’s also the term identity. Most people know who they are and nobody is the same (even twins are different). We hear the expression “This is my native identity! This is how I’m supposed to live. These are my people”. But we have many identities. For example, I am a man. I am Anishinabe and Mohawk (Kanienkehaka). I am a husband, a son, a brother, and a student. These are multiple identities. Some Natives are teenagers or elderly people. Some are mothers or fathers. Some have identities with sports. “I’m a basketball player” or “I’m a hockey player”. It’s okay to have many identities and cultures. But to say there is one big Native culture and identity is to be a little misleading.

The truth is that even if there is a community with only One Nation or One Tribe, there are many cultures within that One Nation or Tribe. And of course cultures (or ways of a people) change over time. Technology is changing how most people live. So when people say that their way is the “Indian way”, I really don’t know what that way is, because there are so many kinds of “Indian ways”. There are so many different identities, roles, and ways of being in Native country.