So I’ve done just about everything I can think to do. I’ve updated recruiting. I’ve done ridiculously early previews. And there are still 108 days until the first day of practice for the 2011-12 season.
I could just take the next 108 days off (and that thought came to mind) but I decided I didn’t just want this site to be stagnant for the next few months. So instead, I’m beginning the countdown to the next season. 108 days early.
What will the countdown include? Possibly anything. Whatever is on my mind on any given day. Of course I’ll talk a lot about basketball, and sports in general. And my plans and progress on updates for the website.
So where to begin?
There’s only one time every four years I ever get remotely excited about soccer, and that’s whenever the World Cup is played. I don’t anticipate it, but when ESPN reminds me that the World Cup is about to happen, I begin to pay attention. This year, the USA women, who have, historically, been remarkably better than the men, get their chance starting today against the team that knocked them out 4 years ago, South Korea. It’s a great storyline, really, and they’re a team worth following. But I find myself really not caring. Don’t get me wrong, I will probably watch today’s game, if for no reason I have free time at the same time as the game.
There’s always been a disconnect for me to women’s sports, and I’ll be the first to mention that it’s quite a shame. When I go to basketball double-headers, I usually try to show up before halftime because I do want to support the women. I yell, (some) I chant, but I just can’t get as excited about it as the men’s game just and hour or so later. I’m noticing the same problem with Wimbledon this week as well.
As I’ve already stated, it really is a shame, but this is the reality of things not just with me, but thousands of people, both men and women. There’s a reason the majority of women’s games are earlier; fewer people are interested. And it’s not their fault. They work just as hard and play with every bit the passion (and often times more) than their men counterparts, and get 1/2 (or even less) the credit.
One could easily make the argument I make this dichotomy worse here on OVCball.com by only covering men’s basketball. While my interest level in men’s basketball is higher than women’s, another reason for only covering one is simply knowledge: men’s and women’s basketball are different games, with some differing rules. I know the men’s game much better than I know the women’s.
In my freshman English class at Murray State, I wrote my final research paper on Title IX. For those that don’t know, Title IX is the law the requires equality between men and women’s sports, and sadly is almost as generic in it’s wording as my poorly written summary. Now, you’re probably thinking that I railed against Title IX because I’m a male, and therefore I couldn’t possibly agree with Title IX. You would be half right. I did write how I though Title IX was a joke, but not because of the intent, but because of the execution. An article recently came out about a Florida school who had women listed as members of their track team that didn’t even know they were on the team. And football is the culprit. Football is a 75 man roster in college to which there’s no women’s equivalent. So the answer for many schools? Not to add women’s sports, but simply get rid of men’s. The point of Title IX was to give women more opportunity in sports, but in some instances that’s not the result. I think there should be more athletic opportunities across the board (just look at the current obesity epidemic) but Title IX is forcing many schools to shut down programs in the name of “equality.” Am I saying there shouldn’t be rules supporting equality, absolutely not. But Title IX isn’t the answer.
I think that’s all the ranting I’ll do about that today.
108 days until midnight madness begins.