Live via Zoom:
Thursday, November 11, 6:00 PM ET
Hosted by Patrick Sauer and David J. Roth
Featuring Britni de la Cretaz and Lyndsey D’Arcangelo, authors of Hail Mary: The Rise and Fall of the National Women’s Football League
Created and hosted by writers Patrick Sauer and David J. Roth, Squawkin’ Sports is an ongoing series featuring book chats with grown-up authors writing about grown-ups playing kiddie games. For this installment, Sauer and Roth chat with authors Britni de la Cretaz and Lyndsey D’Arcangelo about the history of the National Women’s Football League. American football is in many ways the sport of the nation, winning the loyal viewership and adulation of a wide array of people. Yet football remains a sport predominantly considered masculine by nature—aggressive, violent, and tough. In Hail Mary: The Rise and Fall of the National Women’s Football League, de la Cretaz and D’Arcangelo share the little-known, fascinating story of the NWFL, telling the stories of the girl gridders whose spirit, rivalries, and tenacity carried the league, which prevailed through sexism, injuries, stereotypes, harassment, skeptics, and their own lack of training. Taking the (virtual) Greenlight stage, de la Cretaz and D’Arcangelo discuss the project of writing these women back into the narrative of football, where they belong.
Hail Mary is the story of the unlikely rise of the National Women's Football League and the players who loved a game that society told them they shouldn't be playing. In nineteen cities around the country, against the backdrop of second-wave feminism and the passage of Title IX, these athletes broke new barriers and showed adoring crowds what women were capable of physically. Thousands of people came to watch-perhaps to gawk at first but then, in the end, to cheer. Hail Mary is a rollicking chronicle of fearless women-players on the Detroit Demons, the Toledo Troopers, the LA Dandelions, and more-bringing us into the stadiums where they broke records, the small-town lesbian bars where they were recruited, and the backrooms where the league was conceived, and where it ended.
The little-known, fascinating story of the rise and fall of the National Women's Football League, told through the players whose spirit, rivalries, and tenacity carried the league and furthered the legacy of women in sports