Stiletto Sports began in late 2008 as a small blog hoping that its fun and unique voice would help encourage women to learn more about the sports that are dominating our society. Within months, it became the premiere destination for Girl’s Guides to Sports. It went from a little blog to a one-of-a-kind sports community with a cult-like following.(But a pretty, sparkly cult. Not creepy, dark gloomy one).
The site was created by a girl who
- loves clothes and shoes and fights kicking and screaming when she is forced to dress up in a jersey.
- who went to a Yankees-Rays game and took 150 pictures: 100 of them were of Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez’s tushies. And she has no idea who won the game.
- still refuses to be called a sports writer even though she has written more than 300 sports-related pieces in the last six months.
Stiletto Sports was designed to give:
- a better understanding to the sports that you have to share your boyfriend’s unconditional love with.
- answers to questions that you’ve always wanted to ask but have been too embarassed to.
- lots of useless information that will one day become useful when used to completely wow all the guys in your life.
Brief History & Timeline:
“The Girl’s Guides to Baseball” originally premiered during the World Series in October 2008 as special columns on Jennifer’s personal website. The first Stiletto Sports launch took place in early December as a half-blog, half-website producing “A Girl’s Guide to Sports.”
During the weeks leading up to Super Bowl XLIII, the Girls’ Guides became such a popular source for people searching for football information that Stiletto Sports outgrew its original design and had to be completly revamped. While it was still relaunched as “A Girl’s Guide to Sports” the blog took on distinct online magazine look and feel.
Two weeks later, Jennifer’s article “The NBA All-Star, All-Shoe Team” skyrocketed to the front pages of Yahoo! Sports, The Bleacher Report and Digital Sports Daily. Seemingly overnight, the small, Girl’s Guide Blog was propelled to a powerful sports website.
In March 2009, Stiletto Sports became the go-to March Madness Guide for women (and even men!) of all ages to learn about the NCAA tournament.
For Super Bowl XLIV, Stiletto Sports tested a product line based on the teams playing in the Big Game. The Stiletto Bowl Line was so successful that is spawned an entire product line, Stiletto Sports Designs, by the start of the NFL 2010-2011 season.
Shortly before Super Bowl XLV, Jennifer published the first Stiletto Sports EBook: The Complete Girls Guide to Football: Big Game Edition.
Publication of the first hard copy is expected by August 2011.
From the Editor:
Please don’t misunderstand the site! We are not implying that girls don’t know or care about sports! In fact, most of my girlfriends are die-hard fanatics! However, I also know that there are a lot of girls that don’t understand sports and have unable to learn because they are either too embarassed to ask questions or they were bored to death by the answers.
And who can blame them? Have you ever tried to read a “Football 101” piece? They are B-O-R-I-N-G! Plus, you practically need a dictionary and a special Football Translator/Decoder Thingy to even understand the simple basics (see their “line of scrimmage” definition if you don’t believe me). Sports Writing is notoriously dry, long-winded, and overly complicated. But not here! At Stiletto Sports we aim to translate it, strip it down, simplify it, and then make it all pink, sparkly and fun to read!
One final note: At a Super Bowl party, a girlfriend of mine made the mistake of asking “how does that yellow line in the grass keep moving up and down the field like that?” Everyone just froze, looked at her and started laughing. No one even answered her question and she wound up staring mutely at the TV for the rest of the game.
There is no reason to be embarassed by what you don’t know! Feel safe here. I’m not going to say that there are no stupid questions because I worked in retail for 8 years: there are a lot of stupid questions! But here, I’ll only make fun of you a little bit because I’m usually too busy making fun of myself. And I’ll get you the answers that you need to survive today’s sports dominated society!
In case you are wondering, that “yellow line” was the first-down line generated by the actual cable network airing the game to help viewers at home; it wasn’t printed on the grass.
Thanks for Reading!
Do you give extensive up-to-the- minute live updates & scores?
No. This is not ESPN. This is WAHL (We Actually Have Lives)!
There are times when we do live blogging and updates like for March Madness, Super Bowl, etc. but it’s not every game!
Is this a Fantasy Football/Baseball/Basketball/Draft Site?
Well…we are talking about including a fantasy draft where girls get to pick their teams. But it would be based on pictures only, not stats. (Ladies: Think One Tree Hill Boy Draft! Yay!) If someone wants to take the time to explain Fantasy Sports to me, I’ll be more than happy to write about it!
Are you going to cover Soccer, Hockey, Tennis, NASCAR and other cool sports or are you just doing Baseball, Football and Basketball?
Right now we only have writers that are covering the “Big Three.” As the site continues to expand we would love to add the other sports! Anyone interested in writing about the other sports should contact the editor or the Assignment Desk.