I happened to be awake in the middle of the night and caught, once again, some insecure dude blasting a certain female sportscaster on social media. The one in question happens to be someone whom I feel is extremely knowledgeable and informative. This needs to stop, guys. All you’re really doing is making yourself look bad. I do believe most men out there have no problem with this at all. The bad ones just seem to speak a little louder.
We’ve come a long way in regards to women in sports. Are there bad ones out there? Of course, but there are a lot of bad men sportscasters too. Most of us have heard Tony Romo and Jason Witten by now. Good Lord, if it wasn’t for the quality that Troy Aikman brings to the booth, I might start a petition to ban all former Cowboys from picking up a microphone. Almost every sportscaster, regardless of gender, knows a lot more about the game they’re covering than the average fan. Toss your stereotypes aside, listen, and learn.
I don’t see how anyone can listen to Doris Burke, Beth Mowins, Sage Steele, Jamie Erdahl, and many others, without realizing that they know what they’re talking about. I love basketball, but I’m not about to pretend I know more than Kristen Ledlow or Rachel Nichols. These ladies are awesome at what they do. I seriously don’t understand the hate that I see at times. As a huge hockey fan, I’ve always enjoyed listening to Kathryn Tappen. She’s very good at what she does. When Brooke Olzendam used to cover the Pacers, I loved listening to her break down a game or conduct interviews.
So what drives this hatred? The obvious low hanging fruit answer is that these guys are simply neanderthals. It has to be deeper though. My guess is that they failed so badly at sports when they were younger that they continue to harbor this bitterness well into adulthood. Do these guys not have wives, daughters, moms? Would they want them to be treated like this? I don’t care who is bringing my sports information to me as long as they know what they’re talking about. If someone I don’t care for is on, I turn the channel. That decision is never based on gender, looks, or any other trivial trait. I look for the people who can give me the information I want.
There are so many women in this field that are outstanding. They are very good at what they do whether it’s on TV, radio, or social media. And speaking of social media, if you haven’t seen Stacey Dales put a cro-magnon into a bodybag because of his antiquated views, I highly recommend following her. I’ve seen her emasculate someone so bad that I wonder if they still haven’t recovered.
The bottom line is that we love watching sports. Appreciate those that bring it to us and try to imagine doing that job. It might seem fun until you have to report from the sidelines in the pouring rain. I remember a couple years ago when Shannon Spake was getting drenched each week covering college football. That’s not a job I’d want to do.