7 Struggles Of Being A Sports Fanatic: Girl Edition

7 Struggles Of Being A Sports Fanatic: Girl Edition

No, I don't know the blood type of the Yankees' GM in 1976.

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Being a woman in a male-dominated world is a struggle within itself. I can spend countless hours talking about how difficult women have it sometimes. We're just constantly subjected This isn't a cry for help, but simply some female sports fanatics like myself can relate to.

1. Getting Quizzed

Men assume that we know next to nothing about a sport and then go on to ask us trivia that no one knows the answer to. Guys LOVE to quiz you on the dumbest statistics. Stop being shallow, guys. Nobody knows the blood type of the Yankees' GM in 1976. I hate being asked questions like this. These type of questions just further prove that the general population of men want to undermine women's knowledge of sports. It just further proves my point that guys won't accept that girls can be sports fanatics too.

2. They think we do it for attention. 

  1. Okay, I'll admit some of us girls go to sporting events with absolutely no knowledge of what's happening for a couple of hours straight. BUT, some of us live for football, basketball, and baseball. We are truly passionate about the sport itself. You know how guys get obsessed over Sunday Night Football? That was my best friend and I sitting in the lounge every Sunday with chips and queso (Tostitos, if you're reading this please sponsor me), getting pumped up for the game.

3. Ugh, a cheerleader?

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They assume that because I cheer, I'm standing there shaking my pom poms not knowing what the hell is going on. This isn't even a fair assumption. This is false. I've literally held practice for my teammates who embodied that exact trait to teach them about football. KNOW what you're cheering for. I become louder than the coach sometimes. I get really passionate and it's hard to keep a smile on my face when it's 4th and 1 and the quarterback decides to throw the ball. RUN. IT.

4. Not having Opinions


Yes, we will have insightful comments about players and games. I've spent my fair share of time arguing with some NBA accounts on Twitter. Maybe not my highest point, but I certainly regret nothing.

5. Bandwagoner?

We aren't just bandwagon fans. Yes, my best friend is a Warriors fan and I have a really tough time dealing (send prayers) with that, but we're here to compete! We're not Rockets fans because Chris Paul is a stud, we don't root for the Giants because Odell has cool dance moves. Our opinions are formulated just as everyone else's are. I grew up a Knicks fan because of my family. When I started immersing myself in the sport of basketball, I grew a love for OKC. Now, this doesn't mean I am going to know the roster of the Supersonics in 2001. Please forgive me, I was ONE YEAR OLD.

​THE APPAREL.

Why is everything I reach for pink and glittery? I remember as a kid always wearing bedazzled Giants jerseys. Okay fine, I was a girly girl, but once in a while, it's nice to have the ACTUAL thing. At this point, I've given up and started to opt for men's clothing.

Scientific Evidence is NOT key.

Well, I better back everything up with scientific evidence or it's just: false. Thanks, guys, for not validating my opinions! We've all heard "LeBron's the goat," and we all just accept it and move on, (It's obviously true, but everyone's entitled to their own wrong opinion). However, if I said it, I'd have to back it up with the top 10 plays from each season of 15 season career and get busted for him being 3-5 in the Finals. I give up.

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20 Signs You Were A High School Cheerleader

You got really tired of hearing, "Point your toes."
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Cheerleading is something you'll never forget. It takes hard work, dedication, and comes with its ups and downs. Here are some statements that every cheerleader, past and present, know to be true.

1. You always had bobby pins with you.

2. Fear shot through you if you couldn't find your spankees right away and thought you left them at home.

3. You accumulated about 90 new pairs of tennis shoes...

4. ...and about 90 new bows, bags, socks, and warm ups.

5. When you hear certain songs from old cheer dance mixes it either ruins your day or brings back happy memories.

6. And chances are, you still remember every move to those dances.

7. Sometimes you catch yourself standing with your hands on your hips.

8. You know the phrase, "One more time, ladies" all too well.

9. The hospitality rooms were always one of the biggest perks of going to tournaments (at least for me).

10. You got really tired of hearing, "Point your toes."

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11. If you left the gym at half-time to go get something, you better be back by the time the boys run back out.

12. You knew how awkward it could be on the bus rides home after the boys lost.

13. But you also knew how fun it could be if they won.

14. Figuring out line-up was extremely important – especially if one of your members was gone.

15. New uniforms were so exciting; minus the fact that they cost a fortune.

16. You know there was nothing worse than when you called out an offense cheer but halfway through, you had to switch to the defense version because someone turned over the ball.

17. You still know the school fight song by heart and every move that goes with it.

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18. UCA Cheer Camp cheers and chants still haunt you to this day.

19. You know the difference between a clasp and a clap. Yes, they're different.

20. There's always a part of you that will miss cheering and it will always have a place in your heart.

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3 Tips To Drafting A Fantasy Football Team

How to Navigate the Complex Landscape of the Nerd's Take on America's Game

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It will be fun, they said. It's easy! You just pick players and when they play well you do well! They said. Well, all you are thinking now is what did I get myself into. The draft clock ticks away as you try to pick a player. Your brother talks nonstop about Tom Brady, but when you tried to pick him, your brother yelled in protest and started blabbering on about something called ADP. You just did this because everyone else was, you don't know what YAC is or how a player's ODP should affect their draft stock. Well, while I won't be able to give you every bit of advice to make 100% sure you'll be gloating to your old bro at the season's end, I can get you up to speed on this crazy game of sports and numbers.

Part One: The Basics

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For you beginning out there that barely know what a football is and are only in this because a friend begged you to fill a spot, this paragraph is a good place to start. Simply put, fantasy football is a game where you pick players who play real, NFL football in the hopes that they perform well. When the real games are played out, the better these players that you have on your team do, the more points you score. If the player you have scores a touchdown, that's six points. There are points for yards, field goals, negative points for a player throwing an interception, and sometimes a point is given just for catching the ball. But don't worry about all that. So, you have your players from all different teams in the NFL and you have your team play against another team from your fantasy league in a game of whose players can perform better in the real football game. The team with the most points wins.

Part Two: The Draft

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Now that we have the basics down we move on to the draft. Ah yes, they save the most confusing part of fantasy football for the very beginning. The draft can be daunting. It can be difficult trying to coordinate positions, byes, teams, and considering a myriad of other factors everyone else is telling you are essential. I'd like to break it down into three simple tips on draft day:

1. Use your first three picks on either RBs or WRs.

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Don't even think about anything other than these two positions for your first three picks. Some people may tell you to take a tight end, but I'm telling you there's talent later in the draft at that position. Focus on these two positions. In most leagues, you will need two RBs (Running Backs) and two WRs (Wide Receivers) plus a fifth slot for either an RB or a WR called a Flex. When you draft, the game will suggest players that people have taken when drafting at the same position you are. Players with lower numbers are traditionally being picked earlier and are generally better. Try to find 2 RBs and 1 WR or vice versa in those first three rounds if you can.

2. Don't draft a QB until after the 10th round. 

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Quarterback is the most important position in real football and most of the famous players (Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and others) are quarterbacks. In fantasy, they are not as important. The best QBs and the middle-of-the-pack QBs will score very similar numbers from week to week, so look for better players at WR, RB, and TE before you pick a QB. Good players to target at QB are Matt Ryan (Falcons) and Phillip Rivers (Chargers)

3. Wait to draft your defense and kicker until the final four rounds. 

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It can be tempting to look to fill that Kicker and that Defense slot early to make sure you have all the players you need, but trust me, wait. Remember when I said the difference between the best and the ok QBs is a small difference? It's even smaller for a kicker and a defense. Wait until the very end of the draft until you pick up anyone at these positions. If you have a favorite team it can be fun to pick their defense, as long as they are a good team their defense will do the trick.

So there you have it, three beginner tips for drafting a fantasy football team. Remember to relax, it's only a game, and have fun! Happy drafting!

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