I’m all for women empowerment but they didn’t even respect her enough to let her kick it down the field. Seemed like more of a publicity stunt than anything. I’m sure she is a very fine soccer player
big whoop wrote:
It would have been nice to see Vandy actually score a TD or get into field goal range so that she could've scored. But Vandy sucks too much for that to happen. So instead the media tells us we're all supposed to be so impressed by a woman who kicked a football 30 yards. I was at a high school girls' soccer game tonight and they kicked the ball 30 yards dozens of times. The ball ended up at the 35-yard line. The exact same spot it would've been spotted had she kicked it out of bounds past the 35.
I've played, coached, and reffed soccer. I'm impressed by anyone who has the level of talent and dedication to play the game at a DI level, let alone for a Power 5 school. Sarah Fuller and lots of other female student-athletes bust their asses in soccer and many other sports. I respect them. But this smacks of a publicity stunt. I don't know if it was easier to put her on the team than it would be to find some male intramural soccer player (due to NCAA rules & eligibility) or a male athlete from another sport. But I find it hard to believe that the punter, or even someone else already on the team, couldn't have done a better job.
I don't blame her at all for taking this opportunity. I just resent the fact that the media hypes stuff like this up and tolerates no dissent. A 30-yard squib kick is impressive. A 400-pound woman is beautiful. Caster Semenya should be able to run without suppressing her testosterone levels. Jacob Blake didn't sexually assault his baby mama. George Floyd's fentanyl levels had nothing to do with his death. Etc.
That's what I thought initially. I mean I want a woman to be president. Why am I supposed to be super impressed that someone squib kicks a ball for a winless team? It reminded me of a participation trophy. And I found it to be condescending. A woman can run a 2:14 marathon and we are impressed that someone can squib it 30 yards?
In my mind, the best women are amazing athletes. Look at the WRs, the best females are only 10% worse than the best men so I assume there are women that could easily kick 40 yard field goals I wanted to at least see her kick it deep.
And at first I just didn't get why she was picked. But once I learned there is no male soccer team and all of the regular vandy students are gone, I was more fine with everything as at first, I couldn't figure out why they didn't just pick some ex guy soccer player.
My wife, who still recalls being devastated when she was told in kindergarten she'd never play in for her favorite NFL team because she was a woman but then talked to her dad about it and determined being a kicker might be an option, says I should celebrate all women's firsts. If I had a daughter, I'd certainly want her to believe she could be whatever she wanted to be. I think that message is important to tell to any kid- but symbollically. I think we need to recognize biology.
Women and men aren't the same biologically. Let's stop acting like women are going to play in the NFL. I'm not sure if we are helping society by acting like we are the same biologically. I think the amazing sacrifice mothers go through to give birth is something that society has just totally sh** upon in recent years. Celebrate the uniqueness of a women's body and stop acting like we are all the same.