I don't agree that Junior is anti-women generally, but this morning he went off on a rant about the U.S. Women's soccer team. The framework for discussion was: "People were interested in the Women's Soccer World Cup Final; but did they really care about it?"
Junior's answer was "no," and among his evidence, mentioned by others, was that their miserable performance got a near-total pass in the press. Few, in their heart, took it seriously as a major competitive sport.
Junior went on to make the larger point that women's sports in general are over-praised and over-celebrated, and that women's sports gets a pass from serious analysis of for reasons of political correctness. (That "PC" phrase have been George's contribution, but it was in support of Junior's point -- George, however, did report getting involved in the "story" of this particular team.) This is a point we have heard from Junior before, when whatever-women's-basketball-team-it-was coached by whatever-his/her-name-was had won more consecutive games than the previous recordholder -- was it UCLA? Pardon me while I Google . . . yeah, it was UConn women's basketball breaking UCLA's 88-game winning streak. Except that no thinking person (like Junior, and you, and me, and anyone else not driven by a barren ideology) would find that datum even slightly interesting -- it's like saying that that basket of apples is bigger than that basket of oranges -- and, more, would say that it is fundamentally untrue that ULCA's record had been broken.
That doesn't make Craig a misogynist, and cramming stuff like Title IX down out throats has done nothing but distort the economics of college sports. (Craig didn't rant about Title IX, but I will.) Junior's point is that this was a story of passing interest, that few took it very seriously, and that it is consistent with his larger point that no one regards women's sports with extreme seriousness because these days it's hands-off on serious analysis of women's games.
All I've got to say is: Craig, good luck in your first at-bat a week from Thursday. Make sure your helmet fits nice and snug, and you might consider a cup.
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