Just a Thought!

Women & Sports

I grew up around sports; all type of sports! We watched football, basketball, soccer, golf, badminton, tennis and even ice skating (I know, some of you don’t think ice skating is a sport but we can talk about that on another blog). My Stepfather was from LA, so in our home it was everything Lakers and USC. Either we love the Lakers and USC or get out! Well, not really but we all loves the Lakers (except for one of my brothers who hates the Lakers since he wants to be different).

When I was in my twenties, I enjoyed watching sports but I am the first person to admit that I didn’t seek it out. Now in my thirties, I will be upset if I miss a Lakers game. I am a die hard Lakers fan! I couldn’t wait for the season to start and just like any sports fan, I love to talk a lot of…. well let’s just say I am very passionate about my Lakers.

We all know when most people think about sports, they think of a group of men getting together, drinking beer and eating chicken wings. Most will not picture a group of women getting together (a girl’s day) to watch a sporting event. I don’t know about you but I have notice that the tide has turned and more women my age are just as interested in sports as any men out there. Just like most men, they can’t wait for Sundays so they can watch their favorite football team. For example, my girlfriends and I are planning a girl’s day this Sunday. We are going to brunch and then to the movies. When it was time to look for a place for brunch, we all wanted to make sure that there are TVs available so we can watch football. Sure, we will watch the games drinking mimosas instead of beer but we will cheer for our team just as loud.

During this year World Series, I talked to more women fans than the men. I saw more women cheering for the Yankees or the Phillies then the men. I am not sure if it is because they were more of them or if it is because they were more vocal (which I am more willing to belief) about their passion for their team.

Now as a mother, I want my girls to learn about sports. I want them to appreciate the art of sports. My oldest is playing soccer and about to start basketball. As soon as the baby turns 4, she will start soccer. I believe that sports will help them learn the value of working together with others. It will also teach them how to handle failure, to get up and try again if they lose.

I can’t say for sure the reason why a lot more women are watching sports now but in my experience they are more vocal about their love for sports and their teams.

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Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times / October 27, 2009

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