A Compelling Narrative

Sunday 15th, March 2015 / 12:53 Written by
A Compelling Narrative

It’s been a busy week at TOH! Two of our pieces, “How To Fix Junior Hockey’s Rape Problem” on Tuesday and “Willing Suspension of Disbelief” on Friday, garnered a lot of traffic and some level of controversy. We believe that issues of sexual assault in sports, whether it’s league responses to accusations leveled against an individual player, or evidence of larger issues of culture that have created attitudes of impunity, are important to the female fans we are aiming to represent with this site. We’re proud of both these articles for adding to the dialogue.

That being said, TOH is about more than the hard issues. We’ve had a lot of great articles this week on Formula 1, the UEFA Champions League, travel, and living a healthy lifestyle. There are more on deck for the upcoming week, most of which are a little more lighthearted. While we might be receiving attention for speaking up about difficult subjects – and we have no plans to stop doing that, by the way – we don’t want to feed into the unfortunate impression that some people have about women sports fans only showing up to be negative. Our writers are here to talk about the silly, the serious, and everything in between.

Sports is something people care about because of the human drama quotient. While advanced stats can be fun – for some value of fun – we as people can’t help introduce storylines into random events. We can’t help but empathize with the passion and the pain we see on the faces of the athletes and the other fans as a game is played. We care because we too have worked hard for things in our lives only to fall just short. We too have been told that our dreams are achievable if we just have enough will to win, as ridiculous as that advice often is. Even those of us who have never been on a team have those we consider team – families created by experience rather than by blood. People live and die with their teams because of this pseudo morality play, acted by talented athletes through the scoring of goals or winning of races.

We are allowed, as fans, to be compelled by the narrative. Whether we admit it or not, the narrative is what first pulled us in. Forcing a narrative on chaos is what humanity is all about.

Here’s what you missed if you were just here for the high drama:

– Janice Rochford gave us her first two Monkey Seats, a quick ’n’ dirty roundup of news and gossip in the F1 world

– Lacy K Fuller launched Tips for an Active Lifestyle, discussing in her first column how to get enough sleep so your body doesn’t hate you

– Sreya Mazumder previewed the next round of the UEFA Champions League from the perspective of the English Premier League sides still remaining in the competition

– Vicky Davis examined the new-look racing teams in “Formula 1 Musical Chairs”, catching us up on just how the driver lineups have changed from team to team ahead of the end of F1’s winter break

– Vicky also brought us a social media roundup of what the F1 world has been up to during the winter break – here’s hoping Daniel Ricciardo has been doing something other than beer pong

– E Lipes followed up her first Equipment Manager column with advice on planning and executing a trip for a job interview.

Thanks for another great week, readers! As always – if you have something to say, the comments are open, or you can tweet us @OtherHalfSports. And if you’re interested in writing for us, send us an email to pitches@otherhalfsports.com.

Eliza Eaton-Stern
Eliza is co-owner and Editor-in-Chief of The Other Half. She did her undergrad at the University of St. Andrews, where she once played air guitar with Prince William, and her Masters at the London School of Economics, where she wrote her dissertation on the history of military veterans in the Paralympic Movement. Despite the amount of time spent in Great Britain, she remains staunchly Midwestern in her feelings about how much cheese should accompany any given meal (lots). She lives in Colorado with her Hockey Hating Husband, where she plays rugby and yells at the TV about a wide variety of sports, including hockey, football, and other football.

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