April 26, 2007


Old Mike, new Christine (Mike Penner, April 26, 2007, LA Times)

During my 23 years with The Times' sports department, I have held a wide variety of roles and titles. Tennis writer. Angels beat reporter. Olympics writer. Essayist. Sports media critic. NFL columnist. Recent keeper of the Morning Briefing flame.

Today I leave for a few weeks' vacation, and when I return, I will come back in yet another incarnation.

As Christine.

I am a transsexual sportswriter. [...]

When I told Robert, the soccer-loving lad from Wales who cuts my hair, why I wanted to start growing my hair out, he had to take a seat, blink hard a few times and ask, "Does this mean you don't like football anymore, Mike?"

No, I had to assure him, I still love soccer. I will continue to watch it. I hope to continue to coach it.

My days of playing in men's over-30 rec leagues, however, could be numbered.

When I told Eric, who has played sweeper behind my plodding stopper for more than a decade, he brightly suggested, "Well, you're still good for co-ed!" [...]

People have asked if transitioning will affect my writing. And if so, how?

A lot more coverage of soccer?

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 26, 2007 7:21 PM

Oh man, you or one of your soccer hating ilk must've put him up to it.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at April 26, 2007 8:43 PM

That is so wrong OJ, but I have to admit it made me laugh...

Posted by: darryl at April 26, 2007 8:56 PM

"Me... I... I... me..."

What a wretched piece of writing, and of journalism on the part of the Times for even publishing it.

God help us when sports pages are featuring this sort of stuff.

Soccer's a manly game. It was probably his Angels beat that turned him into this.

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at April 26, 2007 11:04 PM

Anyone who watched Wayne Rooney score two goals against the diving drama queens of Italy would have to admit that there are a few soccer players who play like men.

Posted by: Steve at April 27, 2007 6:26 AM

The article states that this guy is married, whisky tango foxtrot? This is just bizarre. Mike Penner to Chistine Daniels, why not Penelope Peapod or Princess Grace?

I predict this guy's career will slowly peter out (no pun intended).

Posted by: pchuck at April 27, 2007 7:21 AM

Will he bronze his (former) manhood and put it on his desk?

Posted by: ratbert at April 27, 2007 7:26 AM

"Soccer's a manly game."


Posted by: Bob at April 27, 2007 9:16 AM

No one watched.

Posted by: oj at April 27, 2007 9:41 AM
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