We all know that one guy or those groups of guys that are constantly talking about sports. Fantasy this, playoffs that, March Madness this, penalty box that. And, sometimes, those guys look in their lady friend’s direction and half-jokingly ask her opinion expecting a response like, “I have no idea what you’re talking about,” or, if they’re witty about it, they’ll say, “Well, who’s the best- looking one because I’ll pick them.”
To set the record straight, women can like sports too. They might not obsess about it, they might not know all the lingo, they might not know all the player’s names and stats, but they can enjoy sports or even just watching sports as much as the next person.
Heck, some women know more than men about sports and can predict who’s going to win, by how much, and who will be the star of the game/match/round, etc. It’s not all cut and dry.
In 2014, the Huffington Post published a blog post about “Why Being a Female Fan of Sports Really Sucks Sometimes.” In that post, the female author discusses March Madness and how she finds it condescending when people tell her that she only enjoys attending or watching games so she can prove she can “hang with the guys.” In all actuality, she was quite passionate about college basketball and had been fully invested in her team, UCLA, for years. The author said she felt a sense of pride when she watched them play and that the “lack of predictability” in any sports game or match was what she found most appealing.
Moms of student-athletes can fully relate with the blog author when it comes to sports. Their child/children may play one sport during their elementary and high school “careers” or they may play multiple sports. In the crowd, you’ll find numerous mothers who are just as much involved in watching their child play and cheering them on as the males in the crowd making quiet (or not so quiet) comments about the athlete’s decision for that particular play. Those moms buy their child’s school merchandise so they can wear it to games, they travel to the out-of-town games, and they may even watch sports on T.V. at home with their kids. They share their passion and, sometimes, have become sports fans because of them.
On the flip side, there are men who don’t enjoy following sports. They don’t care if the Gophers beat the Fighting Hawks or if the Vikings make it to the Super Bowl. (Gasp!) It is what it is.
Let’s get down to what really matters. Everyone and anyone can be (or not be) a sports fan. Just because one person doesn’t obsess as much as the next person doesn’t mean they don’t want to go to games, cheer for a team, or even talk about the “big game” or that “great play” the next day. Sports brings people together, regardless of gender, class, or age. Embrace it whether you’re a part-time fan or a loyalist.