Sorry Cam Newton, I'm A Girl And I Love Sports

Sorry Cam Newton, I'm A Girl And I Love Sports

Your "joke" of a comment could not be any more backwards and here's why.

During a recent press conference, when asked a question from a female journalist, Cam Newton-quarterback for the Carolina Panthers-replied, "It's funny to hear females talk about routes."

After hearing this comment, I was both shocked and outraged. Why is a female being mocked for simply "doing her job"? Even worse, why is it considered "not normal" to hear women comment about sports? As both a sports fan and a girl, I'd just like to say: Cam Newton, your "joke" of a comment could not be more backward.

Since the moment I was born, I have been a devout New York sports fan--including my love for the New York Yankees, Giants, Rangers, and Knicks. My childhood revolved around watching "Yankeeographys" on YES Network, "Greatest Moments" at the Garden, and ESPN highlights 24/7. Why? Well, this is the kind of childhood you have when you're surrounded by boys in a sports-obsessed family.

Not only have I attended a multitude of sporting events but I've also immersed myself in the games I truly love to watch. For a majority of my life, I have played competitive softball. From there, tossing a rubber ball as a toddler turned into complete throws from third base at the age of eight.

I had fallen in love with the sport that surrounded my childhood-the sport which every one of my family members either had a knowledge of or has even played themselves. So, tell me, Cam Newton, do you really think this is wrong?

Newton's comment about women "talking sports" emphasizes one such sexist generalization: that all women are clueless to both the game and its rules.

Therefore, a woman at a baseball, football, or hockey game cannot possibly understand what is going on; it is supposed she either got dragged to the event by her boyfriend, friend group or family or she came only to scope out all the "cute athletes." Not only is this stereotype inherently sexist but it is one of the most ridiculous implications hidden beneath Newton's supposed "sarcasm."

Some of the most entertaining fans I meet at games are women, who cheer, boo, and yell the same if not louder than their male counterparts.

By living away from home, it is more difficult for me than ever to go to the Bronx for a Yankees game. Yet, I've spent the last few weeks keeping up with my team on internet livestreaming. Most likely, I'm watching a baseball game in a room with more boys than girls, supporting my Yankees as game by game, they get closer and closer to their next World Series (I hope).

A girl who loves sports shouldn't be looked at as weird, or not normal. I've known this game all my life, I think to myself, who cares if I'm a girl?

My guy friends don't care. In fact, they bond with me even more because I can have simple conversations with them about strategy, what players are good or ought to be traded, and highlights. For a true sports fan, these are the conversations we should encourage--a greater understanding of the game regardless of sex.

So Cam Newton, laugh at me all you want. I'm a girl who loves her New York sports teams, and there's nothing you can do or say to take that away.

Cover Image Credit: Juliana Consenza

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If Medically Cleared, Gordon Hayward Should Still Stay Out For This Season

After suffering an injury like that, there's no need to rush back at all. The NBA continues to pray for you, Gordon.

It's hard to believe that it's only been almost three months since Celtics Gordon Hayward suffered a horrific ankle injury back in October. Since then, basketball fans have been able to catch a few glimpses into Hayward's progress--along with a few reports noting his recovery going well--mainly consisting of him in a cast and sitting on a bench.

However, last Wednesday Celtics general manager Danny Ainge subtly teased us that Hayward isn't wearing his ankle brace:


First of all - ?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!??!?!?!!?!?

Second of all - Gordon, please. Don't. tease. us.

With this new image and rumors of his return later in the season floating about, it all comes down to the question: "Should he return this season?"

And the answer to that is -- NO.

Boston is (as of Jan. 10) 33-10, ranking No. 1 in the Eastern Conference while also beating the conference rival the Cleveland Cavaliers by five and a half games.

They have quickly adjusted with their new team of Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford and just about everyone else on the team. They've learned how to effectively utilize their weapons thanks to their stupendous head coach Brad Stevens.

Gordon, there's no need to rush at all.

Injuries are one of the most traumatic experiences anyone can go through and, especially in his case, it's something that no one should rush back from.

Of course there's always going to be the argument of: "But the Golden State Warriors are still their biggest threat, how will the Celtics do it without Hayward?"

The simple answer to that is, they still can. Can we maybe just stop doubting teams for one second?

Boston is trailing right behind Golden State; don't act like they don't have the talent and hustle to catch up.

Besides, if Hayward does return this season, he most likely won't be 100% healthy by then, thus risking the possibility of not even having a chance to make a championship run with his new team.

Long story short, he has three more years on his contract, he's still relatively young and the team is still young. I don't see what the rush is.

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Life Lessons From A Competitive Baton Twirler

Whether you're a baton twirler or not, these lessons are the keys to success and happiness in every aspect of life.

If you've ever played a sport, you know that it takes a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to be your best, and if you don't really love it, you'll never reach your true potential. Even then, there are times we may feel like giving up because we feel like we'll never be good enough, we'll never get that move perfect, we'll never win. Nevertheless, WE PERSIST, and we're better people because of it. Here are some important lessons I've learned through twirling.

1. Resilience Is Key.

Whether it be doing a trick over and over again, or continuing to plug away at that math problem until you finally get it, resilience is essential to success. No matter how long it takes, you can do it! You will get frustrated, you will want to give up, you will feel there's no hope at times, but if you keep going and push passed that you'll be amazed at the things you can accomplish.

2. Success Is Internal.

There will be times when you go out and do your absolute best, but when the results come out they aren't what you feel you deserved. Your self-worth is not determined by a professor, a friend, a family member, or a judge behind a table. If you are happy with the job that you did, that's all that matters. Do what you love for you, not for the approval of someone else.

3. Don't Hold Back.

Sometimes we feel like we need to play it safe, but when you've worked your butt off for days, weeks, months, or years, don't let the fear of failure hold you back! Go out with confidence, and give it your all. Show them everything you've worked so hard on, lay it all on the line, and enjoy what your hard work has given you. Even if it doesn't go exactly how you wanted, at least you will know you didn't sell yourself short, and that is an accomplishment in itself (and it will be so much easier next time!)

4. Lift Others Up.

It's so easy to play into he game of competition, but in the end we're all working towards the same goal. We all want to be the best we can be. So, instead of avoiding those you see as your competitors for fear of showing them your weaknesses, lift them up, celebrate their accomplishments with them, connect with them! No one knows better what you've went through to get to the point you're at than those who are running the same race as you are. Although there will be a "winner" chosen in the end, the real prize is the friendships we have the ability to make, strengthened by a bond of doing something we have so much passion for.

5. You Are Your Own Worst Critic.

So you started off great but messed up a little some where in the middle. DON'T GIVE IN! Odds are whatever went wrong wasn't as big of a deal as you felt it was anyway. You and you alone have the opportunity to pick yourself up and finish strong or succumb to the negative feelings of disappointment and embarrassment. Don't let one bump in the rode ruin everything you've worked for. Keep on keeping on!

6. Find What Works For You And Own It.

It's so easy to see when everyone else can do something that you can't, but we all have things that we're uniquely good at. Identify those strengths, and use them to your advantage! Stop comparing yourself to others and do you because that's what you do best. Let your own style shine bright!

Whether it's a gymnastics routine, a basketball game, a business meeting, or a baton competition, these are key factors to help you live your best life. Baton twirling has taught me so much since I started at age 4, and I hope these lessons help you be the best you you can be. Now go on and own your 2018!



Cover Image Credit: Emmy Rinehart

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