Let’s just say I had a conversation the other day about sports. Oh, but it was so much more than that.
For the sake of anonymity, I will not say where and when this conversation took place, nor with whom it took place. But a gentleman, and I use that term loosely, rather out of the blue, I’m guessing because he knew I was a sports fan, asked me how I felt about female sports broadcasters.
Let that sink in for a bit.
Never mind the fact that this is 2019. Never mind the fact that I was raised by a female broadcaster. Never mind that I didn’t realize this was still an issue. Needless to say, I quickly told him where to go.
I responded that I have not a single problem with female broadcasters. I then retorted, asking if he did, knowing exactly the kind of response I would get. I also responded by telling him that all those female broadcasters with whom he allegedly had a problem mostly likely knew infinitely more about sports than he. I find it humorous that sports broadcaster is yet another one of those jobs that people, especially obnoxious and clearly delirious sports fans, think that they can just do. Needless to say, he backtracked from his earlier position of misguided chauvinism, quickly saying that it was someone else he knew that had a problem with non-males reporting them their sports news. So much for conviction.
Call me a liberal all you want but I don’t think it’s all that forward-thinking to look at others in any profession regardless of race, gender or sexual proclivities and take them on their merit. When it comes to knowledge about sports, I challenge any man on the planet to a one-on-one, in-depth sports conversation with Linda Cohn or any self-respecting basketball fan to one-up Rachel Nichols or Doris Burke on all things pertaining to round ball.
I am not here to get on my soapbox nor do I blame the current state of this guy’s bone-headedness on our current president. This guy was a tool long before Donald Trump ever started grabbing women by the you-know-what.
I am here to simply remind you that there are still idiots everywhere walking the earth so be on the lookout. Furthermore, don’t be afraid to call them out when they drop a “how do you feel about female sports broadcasters” line.
I guess there are still people out there who would rather hear Chris Berman blather on about football instead of being presented with fresh faces on air that might not have the experience only because they haven’t had the opportunity.
I might not like every female sports broadcaster on air but let’s be honest, there are few that I like regardless of gender. I can pretty much guarantee you there are infinitely more male broadcasters on air that I can’t stand mostly because…. THERE ARE A LOT MORE MALE BROADCASTERS OCCUPYING THESE POSITIONS.
If I had to hear this mouth-breather drool while reiterating that Sage Steele “sure is hot,” he’s clearly watching SportsCenter for the wrong reasons, not that anyone watches SportsCenter for cutting edge news about sports anyway.
The last time I checked, having a penis is in no way a prerequisite for reporting about sports. It is apparently, however, a prerequisite for thinking someone without one isn’t qualified to do so.
So let this be your rather unpleasant reminder that unbeknownst to you and me, yes, people are still having these conversations. Silly me for ever thinking that they didn’t.