Tango Diva : Travel Stories for Women, by Women

June 8th, 2008
I Play with Boys, and I WIN!

Poker, pool, table tennis, car racing, fighting…boy-only arenas? Sports of obscurity? Not no more! Meet the ladies who give silly boys a run for their money, and watch how that old sex-sells mantra can launch ho-hum sports back into the public eye!

Danica Patrick
Earlier this spring, Danica went all out and became the first woman EVER to win an open-wheel IndyCar race at the Indy Japan 300. Keep up with this high octane Diva at www.danicaracing.com.

Chicks of the Chips
The recent May ’08 purchase of now-defunct Woman Poker Player magazine is a sign o’ the times.

So says the magazine’s publisher, Maryann Morrison: “Woman Poker Player magazine was founded as a vehicle for the encouragement of women to play poker. At that time women were only representing about ten percent of live players, and this is no longer the case.”

“We all know women are fierce poker players and have substantially grown in numbers over the past two years. It is not a progressive step for women to have segregation in poker since everyone can play on an equal basis.”

WOW! On poker website’s Fast Facts, just above their pick for the classiest strip club in Vegas, is a mention of Annette Obrestad, first woman to win a Main Event bracelet in 2007. Now that’s the way to get jewelry from men–beat ’em to it!

Other Annie Oakley outlaws ante-ing up in the big leagues include Barbara Enright, Jen Harman, Kathy Liebert, Annie Duke, Joanne Liu and more!

Hellions of the Hall…Pool, That Is
My dad speaks reverantly about the Black Widow, pool prodigy Jeanette Lee. Having sat with my dad wondering why on earth anyone would watch this stuff, I immediately perked up when she came on the scene. Gorgeous, dressed in black, and appearing uber confident like she’s already beaten all these fools, I was an insta-fan. So is everyone else–in additon to pool tournaments, she is always listed as a fan favorite. What’s not to like?

Other cuties of the cue include Lee’s arch-rival, Allison Fisher, the Duchess of Doom. I love it!

Table Tennis! One Love for Serbian Goddess!
Ever heard of Biba Golic? This 27-year-old Serbian wunderkind is the Anna Kournikova of table tennis! Why not? Beautiful AND talented, she’s one of the top-10 rated women in the country.

This B*tch Will Crush You!!
Gina Carano will kick your ass. MMA master (that’s Mixed Martial Arts, as in ‘ouch’) and American Gladiators TV butt-whooper known as ‘Crush,’ this deadly athlete can probably make most big boys cry. (Speaking of crushing, one of the show’s hosts is boxer Laila Ali…yeah, THAT Ali is her dad…)

She got into the sport after a Thai master called her ‘fat,’ (I bet he wouldn’t dare say that to her face now…), this Diva of Pain says she’s ‘single and not looking.’ Way to focus, girl!

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Is there a sport you’d like to try but feel like it’s only for boys? I hope these ladies have shown you that there is NO LIMIT to what games girls can play. Basketball, golf, tennis, skiing, surfing, snowboarding–we’ve infiltrated them all. So be a pioneer, too!

3 thoughts on “I Play with Boys, and I WIN!

  1. I was hooked on watching the poker shows – for months! Not sure how I broke the habit – but I did root for the gals!

    Just went to the Sumo Tournament in Los Angeles – that is one sport we can leave to the boys!

  2. It’s amazing. I too was hooked when watching with my dad. I’m all, who is that woman playing poker with the boys, and beating them? Pool, too. First of all, wow that this stuff is even on tv, although once you realize it’s there it is pretty addictive, and secondly, how awesome that women are excelling in these very closed door male dominions, right? And also, I think a lot of men totally admire and respect these talented women and are psyched to see them play.

    When a woman infiltrates and dominates, everybody wins! :) :)

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