Muscle Molls

One Woman's View from the Concession Stand

Jody DiPerna

Jody DiPerna
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
April 06
A proud rust-belt resident and free-lancer who writes predominantly about sports. I spent an entire year following around a barn-storming women’s football team, have survived more nights on the sidelines of high school football fields than I would care to admit, and conducted one of my finest interviews in a laundromat. I have written for print and on-line outlets such as Table Magazine, Pgh. Quarterly Magazine, Pgh. City Paper, Pgh. Tribune Review, Pgh. City Paper, the Washington Informer, Thought Catalog and True/Slant. I am nearly finished with my book about the Pittsburgh Passion women’s football team, "Rough & Tumble: Pioneer Women in the World of Female Full-Contact Football.”

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It was 4th down and 10. Under three minutes remained. The San Diego Surge was down by 9-points to the Chicago Force in the championship game. The entire season, innumerable hours spent training and practicing, countless days spent traveling, the late hours spent studying the playbook anRead full post »

The game was billed as 'The Gender Bowl,' and the basic premise was to pit a men's football team team against a women's team, because nobody ever seems to tire of 'the battle of the sexes' type contests.

This was the summer of 2005, just at the end of the Pittsburgh
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Editor’s Pick
MAY 4, 2012 8:39AM

Remembering Women's Football Before Title IX

Presbyterian Minister Rae Hodge describes her two-year football career as an awesome time, a wicked, wild ride, the most wonderful time. Perhaps it was the best of times. But one thing is certain:  Hodge and her teammates were women ahead of their time -- way, way ahead of their time.

In 1968,
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Editor’s Pick
OCTOBER 27, 2011 9:12AM

I Always Thought It Would Be Cool to See a Bear

 “And then they was et by baars,” said Thomas, drawing out the ‘aaa’ sound in 'bears,' so that he sounded like Sissy Spacek in Coal Miner’s Daughter. A little teasing thrown our way as he whizzed by on his way to bring appetizers to another table of dinersRead full post »

cathy rush

I went to see 'The Mighty Macs' on Friday. The movie (loosely) tells the tale of coach Cathy Rush and the Immaculata College Mighty Macs basketball team during the 1971-72 season, in pursuit of a national championship. It's not a great movie (more on that later), but it is/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 1:37PM

Muscle Molls, a Meditation

Sports are encoded on my genetic fabric. They were imprinted on my psyche from a young age. I cannot ever imagine a day when I don’t watch the Stanley Cup playoffs without great interest or get as geeked up about the start of the NFL season as little kids do inRead full post »

AUGUST 29, 2011 1:00PM

Can Women Athletes Be Cool?

“‘Now you take women champions,’ he said. ‘They’re the bunk.’   


‘Yeah. I think I’ll do a story about them.’

'Go ahead,’ I said. ‘It’s a good idea.’

‘Lady athletes,’ he sRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
JUNE 22, 2011 8:33PM

What I Learned from My Cup of Coffee

"Oh. You ordered a Latte, not the Mate?" -- actual overheard conversation in Eugene, Oregon.  

 division street

"Are these your coffees today?"

It is, I think, a simple question, given that I am in a coffee house. And that arrayed in front of me are four business cards, dark olive-greenis… Read full post »

DECEMBER 18, 2010 5:49PM

Eight Great Movie Pairs

Last week, I was writing about hockey, specifically about one of the best hockey pairings currently deployed in the NHL -- defensemen Kris Letang and Brooks Orpik of the Pittsburgh Penguins. They work so effortlessly together, they compliment each other’s games that they are yinRead full post »

As a person of Italian heritage,  I feel that it is my cultural obligation to show up with a giant bowl of some delicious pasta in times of trouble and I have a friend in need. This sauce, I guarantee, is better than your mom's sauce. Unless your mom is Lidia… Read full post »

OCTOBER 31, 2010 9:13AM

Adventures in Menudo

I generally write about sports, but there are few things I love as much as cooking. I love to cook, to spend time in the kitchen whipping up something quick, or labor all day over a complicated recipe. It is one of the few things in life that simultaneously stimulates and rel/… Read full post »
james harrison cheap shot

Don't skate with your head down, don't crowd the plate and always, always have your head on a swivel, or BOOM!

In under an hour’s time on Sunday afternoon, five different players in three different NFL games were concussed. Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison knocked out the Browns Jo
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Pig Ben returns to the field Sunday after serving his four game suspension for conduct unbecoming a grown up person. The questions swirl around. 

What kind of reception will the fans give him? 

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 I woke up to a message this morning that the Coolidge Colts won their first game, a victory over Anacostia by a score of 48-12.

Per Alan Goldenbach at the Washington Post:

 'She ran the down the 50-yard line toward the Anacostia sideline and avoided it, but then IndiansRead full post »

The HBO crew was gone.

There were no ESPN reporters or cameras or boom mikes.

Not even a Washington Post or AP reporter was there for kickoff and no post-game press conference was necessary this time. Just the coach, her staff, the kids and a couple hundred people… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 28, 2010 9:38AM

Fielding the All-Middle-Aged NFL Squad

Football, they say, is a young man's game. And if you look through the roster of just about any NFL team, that axiom will be reinforced. But what about the guys who keep on going, long after the others have hung up their cleats. Isn't it a mark of greatness to… Read full post »