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More female pro athletes needed

More female pro athletes needed

April 13
22:27 2010

OPINION

This may sound sexist and misogynistic, but I think it’s unfair that women have a surplus of attractive male athletes to gawk at while guys don’t. Yeah, that does sound bad, but hear me out.

My real gripe is the lack of women in professional sports. The WNBA has been around for a while and is moderately successful, despite a few teams going under, but there needs to be more.

I would be giddy if Dallas had a professional softball team on the main stage, like the Texas Rangers. I would watch on television, go to games and have T-shirts of my favorite players. I could possibly find the female version of Michael Young, as in the best player on the team.That’s the other thing: The women need to have talent. Don’t just throw a bunch of super models onto a diamond and have them attempt to hit a ball and run home, only to be doused in water or end up half-naked. That is unacceptable.

I want actual athletes that can steal a base and turn a 6-4-3 double play. I feel the same way about a lot of so-called attractive artists and actresses. If they don’t have talent, I really don’t care.

Anna Kournikova was hailed as a hot athlete. Hey, that’s great, but her tennis skills were abysmal. There’s a reason she’s not a big name anymore.

Maria Sharapova, along with Venus and Serena Williams, is attractive and talented. Danica Patrick is eye-catching — to some — and is a good driver. Misty May-Treanor is gorgeous, and she is an Olympic gold medalist. Also, May-Treanor is married to Rangers catcher, Matt Treanor, so she might make a few appearances at the Ballpark in Arlington.

It bugs me when women and men like an athlete just because they’re “hawt.” I’m not going to complain too much, because if someone of the opposite sex is willing to sit through a sporting event with me just so they can ogle Chris Davis, Jason Witten or C.J. Wilson, I’ll come to terms with it. I just think it makes more sense to like someone because of their talent as well as physical appearance.

On a side note, I’ve had man-crushes on certain athletes, like Witten and Young. They lead their team, they don’t get charged for sexual assault twice within a year and they’re not bad-looking men.

While we’re at it, if the women want to play the contact sports, let them make contact! I don’t want to watch a hockey game if the players cannot check each other into the boards or on the ice. If they want to pummel each other on the ice, let them.

I was sad I couldn’t hit anyone when I was playing street hockey in Rowlett. Yeah, I was playing in a youth league when I was 17, and everyone else was a lot younger than me, but I wanted to do some damage.

There should be more professional sports in the spotlight for women. Not just as eye candy, but for equal treatment and the love of the game. Until then, I’ll keep dreaming, especially about long walks on the beach with numbers 10 and 82.

Ryan Feuerhelm is a journalism senior. He can be reached at Ryan.Feuerhelm@unt.edu.

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