Men have the big time professional sports – and I’m an unapologetic fan – baseball, football, hockey, The World Cup… don’t really watch much professional basketball but I’m big on March Madness and college hoops and I love nothing better than a great Bowl game at the end of college football season. (God, if you’re listening make Iowa not suck this year.)
Women get college teams. If we’re lucky, we get struggling professional teams – basketball, softball, soccer. Nobody pays much attention on a season by season basis – aside from the World Cup and the Women’s College World Series, which in my opinion is one of the greatest seasonal sporting events around. Damn Olympic committee for eliminating softball.
It’s during the Olympics that women get to shine. Gymnastics, track and field, soccer, volleyball, beach volleyball (yeah, like I really want to see guys playing beach volleyball – not), diving, judo, wrestling, weightlifting, swimming, (the swimming marathon was just brilliant), water polo, equestrian, fencing, archery, shooting – great stuff. I even found synchronized swimming interesting this time around.
There have been so many wonderful moments during these Olympic games. One of my favorites? The female athlete running in one of the 800 meter qualifiers for Saudi Arabia, despite vicious condemnation from certain segments of the population in the nation she’s representing. So she came in dead last? So she has dual citizenship? Who cares? What a courageous woman.
Factoids – The U.S. sent more female athletes than ever before and U.S. women won more medals than men, including two-thirds of the gold medals.