What a compliment to be told that your athletic ability is akin to the college women who played in the round of Sweet 16 over the weekend at Temple’s Liacouras Center.
UConn defeated Georgetown and Duke won over DePaul to advance to the Elite 8 on the road to the NCAA’s Final Four. But how many people were aware that Philadelphia has been hosting some of the world’s best young basketball players? My foreign-born cabbie was surprised when I told him on the way to Sunday afternoon’s games.
The problem is not misogyny per se; it’s more a matter of overall stupidity since women’s athletics are usually an afterthought for the masses who much prefer looking at men on the field of play.
Did you know that the NCAA offers a free app for watching the men’s tournament live? Is there one for women? No! Where’s Title IX when you need it?
Feats accomplished by female athletes are seen as lesser-than by many men thanks, in part, to minimal reporting by the sports media. I’ll bet there are scads of male armchair players who can’t throw nearly half as well as some of the cross-court passes I saw during the women’s tournament.
Girls from Upper Makefield Elementary School who were the half-time entertainment can do better than some guys. One pee wee thrilled the crowd when she launched an arching 15-footer that made it at the buzzer. This, on the very same court that Temple men play. She definitely throws like a girl.
If the N-F-L’s billionaires vs. millionaires labor talks don’t end in time to save the pro football season, it’s been suggested that the scantily-clad, hard-hitting players of the Lingerie Football League fill the void on Sunday afternoons.
Guess how much more attention those female athletes will get….