Why is that sports is typically seen as a topic reserved for men?
I’m going to throw this out there: my name is Caitlin, I am a woman, and I’m obsessed with sports.
Actually, let me rephrase that.
My name is Caitlin, I am a woman, and I’m obsessed with hockey.
I would like other sports, but in my opinion football and baseball are too slow, they score too much in basketball, and soccer is just warm-weather, jumbo-sized hockey.
I remember one time I went to a Griffins game with my family and I complained that there hadn’t been any fights yet.
Fast forward to the present and I’m now a season ticket holder for the Griffins. Oh, how things can change in just a few years.
And yes, you read that right. I am a season ticket holder for the Griffins. Me. A woman.
And it’s not because I think some of the players are attractive.
Don’t get me wrong; there are many attractive hockey players out there.
But that’s not why I’m a season ticket holder. And that’s not why I enjoy the game.
I understand the rules. I know what icing is. I know what a majority of the penalties are. I yell at other (usually male) season ticket holders when they don’t understand the rules of the game.
Also, there are attractive hockey players I really don’t like.
See, for example: Sidney Crosby.
And there are really unattractive hockey players I do like.
See, for example: Jonas Gustavsson.
You see, when women watch sporting events, we aren’t doing it for the eye candy.
Not really, actually.
After all, who in their right mind thinks that hockey uniforms are flattering? What are those shorts?
Plus, the younger guys (read: those with fewer missing teeth, with one exception) have to wear a visor on their helmets. Meaning their faces aren’t seen as easily.
So, while these guys may be attractive, you can’t really tell while you’re watching the game. Especially if you have nosebleed seats.
This is a pretty big topic, so I’m going to break this into multiple parts. Stay tuned for the continuation!