Guts & Glory: Remembering an Early Victory in the Dawn of Title IX’s Passage

© 1976 Chris K. Ernst “Turn around and bend over.” March 3rd, 1976. Nearly 40 years ago, one of my teammates, wielding a Yale-blue magic marker, stood poised to inscribe my back as I prepared to join a protest destined to make history. Not that I thought for a moment that would be the outcome. As far as I was concerned, I was joining in solidarity with the rest of my crew to protest a perceived inequity. I had never done anything like that before in my long life of seventeen years, but wasn’t questioning authority part of one’s college curriculum? I was six months into my love affair with the sport of rowing, a freshman at Yale. I loved being a member of the women’s crew. […]

March 3rd, 2015|

How Not to Hang on for Dear Life

What stops you? I’ve found that my answers to that question fall into one of two categories: I’m afraid of failing, or I don’t care enough to push through whatever discomfort may be involved to reach my goal. […]

February 20th, 2015|

On Breaking Up in Public

  There are several aspects of owning a professional sports team that I love: planning for the future; building the next championship-caliber team; working with a committed, deeply competent, and wildly passionate back office staff to strengthen our business; getting to know the players and supporting them in their lives; sharing the ups and downs of ownership with my partners. Trading players is not one of them. […]

January 29th, 2015|

New Year’s Resolutions: Take Two, or Maybe Twenty-two

It’s already the fourth Thursday of the New Year. How’s that New Year’s resolution of yours going? Still alive and going strong, or staggering in the desert of abandoned expectations, desperate for a drink of something magical that will rejuvenate your desire and drive? […]

January 22nd, 2015|

Let’s Put Our Money Where It Matters to Our Daughters

I don’t pretend to know the answer to the NCAA’s mess regarding the big money that men’s college basketball and football bring to a plethora of universities across the country. But I do know that, nearly four decades since I started college, women’s athletic programs are still underfunded and undervalued. […]

January 21st, 2015|

Kids Just Wanna Have Fun

My oldest son, Gilder, starting rowing in eighth grade. He was a big guy, gawky, not super well-coordinated. He had played soccer since age five, and had developed an affinity for hopping away from the ball whenever it headed his way. Rowing was a great choice for him, as his height was a plus and lack of eye/foot coordination would not prove an impediment. Yes, he would have to attend every practice, commit himself to his team, but he seemed up for doing that. […]

January 20th, 2015|
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