TommyGun wrote:yeah, a past girlfriend of mine played at Mississippi State so this kinda did hit home with me for a second. The university treated them "well" but they were always considered a second-tier priority when it came to funding/facilities/etc. They would have to share some facilities with other women's sports while most of the men sports had separate facilities are newer training equipment.
She said some of her male teachers would treat her slightly different when she missed classes for travel and one even went as far to say something along the lines of "you play field hockey, soccer...something....whatever it is, here's your test back". All that aside, the linesman did a great job...especially with everyone trying to eyeball her to make a mistake. When you show up to a game, usually people are watching you for support and cheering you on. I think it would be hell to show up to something where 40,000 people are waiting for you to make a mistake so they can scream their heads off. I'm glad I've never had to do anything under that type of pressure.
Yeah...the sandwich was just continuing the theme of the two above. no offense meant as the upper part was the critique It was more like a CSI Miami segway.... that's why I had to put the sunglasses on right after.
Yeah, that kind of stuff is shite. It's kind of like all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others (Animal Farm, George Orwell for those who don't know what I'm on about). At my high school, our girl's football team was always treated really well - hell, we got things better than the guys because of the weird boys high school competitions (games on the same day as club games, club always won out).
But on a wider level, the inequality between male and female sport is ridiculous. Blokes can go off, play football and be set up for life, women who play at the same level have to work another job just to keep on top of the bills. How often do we see females being covered in the sports section of the news? Compare that with guys? In NZ for example, the women's national rugby team has won the World Cup four times in a row I think. But we barely even hear about this. Now, I really don't give a toss about rugby (when there's football to watch then why should I?) but that's clearly not fair.
Why does sport have to be this way? Panch, you ask if a female ref would have trouble with the players arguing the call. Well, last time I checked, many male referees struggle with this, but we aren't running around ringing our hands in the air and claiming there's a crisis. Yes, it is something that refs have to consider before taking the pitch, but that's ALL refs, not just female refs.