Putting the Female in NFL

In her book The Stronger Women Get, the More Men Love Football, feminist ex-hoops star Mariah Burton Nelson lambasted the gridiron game as the quintessential "manly" sport, a weapon of male cultural domination and a finishing school for violent misogynists. The members of the St. Louis Slam might disagree. Entering their fourth season in the National Women's Football Association, the women of the Slam play the same honest-to-Goddess, block-and-tackle sport as Bronko Nagurski and Dick Butkus. Don't expect a powderpuff tiptoe through the flag-football tulips — these ladies show up to smash mouths and chew bubblegum, and it looks like they're all out of bubblegum.

The St. Louis Slam opens the 2006 season against the Kentucky Karma tonight at CBC High School (1850 De La Salle Drive, Town & Country). Kickoff time is 7 p.m., and tickets are $5 to $10. The NWFA season continues through June; visit www.stlslam.com for a full schedule.
Sat., April 15

 
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