Former editor pens sports guide for women

Erica Boeke, the former associate editor of Giants Magazine, is co-author of the book “Gameface: The Kick-Ass Guide for Women who Love Pro Sports.” She will be making appearances Saturday at R Bar from 10 p.m. to midnight following the Giants-Los Angeles Dodgers game and Sunday at Pete’s Tavern from 11 a.m. to1 p.m. More information is available at www.gogameface.com.

What was the motive behind writing the book? It kind of started off as a selfish motive. I was flipping through the channels [during NFL pregame shows] and these big, kind of hulking ex-athletes were just spewing stat after stat after stat. These guys were not talking to me.

Why not? There are two extremes [of sports talk geared toward women]. One is explaining that a touchdown is worth six points and everything is pink. Even the NFL has NFL 101 and how to watch the NFL like a guy. The NFL has 45 million women fans, so there are a lot of women out there who know the basic premise of the game.

What has been the reaction to the book? First of all, women are like, “Thank God. There’s not that many resources out there for us.” The other kind has been kind of resounding, the hatred of pink jerseys and the patronizing thing.

What do you think is the next milestone for women in sports? Women executives. … If we could get a woman making true baseball decisions, decisions about who is on the field, that is a huge barrier.

sdrumwright@sfexaminer.com

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