By: Kaycee Grancher
If you’re a girl like me, who just so happens to like sports, then you’re familiar with the sometimes negative reactions from people who don’t think a female can like things such as baseball, football, hockey, or soccer. It gets pretty frustrating when all you want to do is enjoy the game or have a conversation only to be questioned as to if you’re being real or not. That being said, I have created a list of things that have been said to me on dates with guys who didn’t think it was possible for a girl to like sports.
1. “I don’t believe in sports.”
I didn’t realize sports was a religion that you could or could not believe in. This actually happened when I was on a date with a guy, which happened to be taking place on the night of the last game of the world series – you know, that time the Cubs won. I really wanted to get home to the game, but figured that I could at least get home for a few innings. I casually mentioned the game during the date, asking if he was excited to see the Cubs make history, and that’s when he hit me with this gem: “I don’t believe in sports.” I had to hide my shock, and when I asked him why, he couldn’t give me a clearcut answer. Now, that’s not the reason I chose not to go out with him again, but it definitely was a strange experience.
2. “Did you get into sports just so you could meet guys?”
Another charming date that I went on. Believe it or not men, you are not my only priority in the world. I was born and raised on sports, long before I even knew that men were a thing of interest. At age three, while watching a game when I couldn’t pronounce football and baseball and confused the two sports, I wasn’t thinking “Gosh! What a marvelous plot to meet a man one day! I think I’ll pretend to like sports!” Doesn’t work that way, sorry. Bottom line, I don’t like sports so that you’ll find me interesting, I like sports because, shocker, I like sports.
3. “Lol. That’s so cute.”
This is just insulting. Aside from the fact that I cringe whenever someone refers to me as being cute, this completely denotes the fact that I can enjoy things other than the most feminine of activities. My personality doesn’t fit into a box. I like lots of different things. Besides, I’ve always been the girl who could climb a tree in my dress and enjoy painting my nails as much as I like fishing, rock climbing, hiking, and sports.
4. “If you like sports, prove it.” *asks some crazy question about sports that’s impossible to answer*
I don’t need to prove that you’re a jerk by asking you asinine questions, so don’t ask me to prove I’m a sports fan by doing the same.
5. “So, do you wear a real jersey when you go to games or do you buy the pink one with the sparkles?”
First of all, why does this even matter? Secondly, who cares? I didn’t realize sports attire determined my level of fandom. I buy the jersey that’s on sale because those things are expensive. Though, if we’re being real, pink is not a good color on me, so it wouldn’t be my first choice.
So there’s my list of things that have been said to me as a female sports fan. There have been many more, but these few are the most memorable. Fellow female sports fans, have any of these been said to you? What about any other crazy things that have been said to you a sports fan who just so happens to be female? I know I’m not alone in this. In the meantime, I’m going to wait for the Mets game to come on. *Fingers crossed* that they finally step it up for some solid wins!