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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The Coach That Killed My Passion

An open letter to the coach that made me hate a sport I once loved.
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I fell in love with the game in second grade. I lived for every practice and every game. I lived for the countless hours in the gym or my driveway perfecting every shot, every pass and every move I could think of. Every night after dinner, I would go shoot and would not allow myself to go inside until I hit a hundred shots. I had a desire to play, to get better and to be the best basketball player I could possibly be.

I had many coaches between church leagues, rec leagues, personal coaches, basketball camps, middle school and high school. Most of the coaches I had the opportunity to play for had a passion for the game like I did. They inspired me to never stop working. They would tell me I had a natural ability. I took pride in knowing that I worked hard and I took pride in the compliments that I got from my coaches and other parents. I always looked forward to the drills and, believe it or not, I even looked forward to the running. These coaches had a desire to teach, and I had a desire to learn through every good and bad thing that happened during many seasons. Thank you to the coaches that coached and supported me through the years.

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Along with the good coaches, are a few bad coaches. These are the coaches that focused on favorites instead of the good of the entire team. I had coaches that no matter how hard I worked, it would never be good enough for them. I had coaches that would take insults too far on the court and in the classroom.

I had coaches that killed my passion and love for the game of basketball.

When a passion dies, it is quite possibly the most heartbreaking thing ever. A desire you once had to play every second of the day is gone; it turns into dreading every practice and game. It turns into leaving every game with earphones in so other parents don't talk to you about it. It meant dreading school the next day due to everyone talking about the previous game. My passion was destroyed when a coach looked at me in the eyes and said, "You could go to any other school and start varsity, but you just can't play for me."

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Looking back now at the amount of tears shed after practices and games, I just want to say to this coach: Making me feel bad about myself doesn't make me want to play and work hard for you, whether in the classroom or on the court. Telling me that, "Hard work always pays off" and not keeping that word doesn't make me want to work hard either. I spent every minute of the day focusing on making sure you didn't see the pain that I felt, and all of my energy was put towards that fake smile when I said I was OK with how you treated me. There are not words for the feeling I got when parents of teammates asked why I didn't play more or why I got pulled after one mistake; I simply didn't have an answer. The way you made me feel about myself and my ability to play ball made me hate myself; not only did you make me doubt my ability to play, you turned my teammates against me to where they didn't trust my abilities. I would not wish the pain you caused me on my greatest enemy. I pray that one day, eventually, when all of your players quit coming back that you realize that it isn't all about winning records. It’s about the players. You can have winning records without a good coach if you have a good team, but you won’t have a team if you can't treat players with the respect they deserve.

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7 Things You May Not Know About College Dance Teams

Commonly mistaken for cheerleaders at sporting events, we live a life pretty much unknown to most others!

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Although most of the Student Body only sees us as the girls that dance at football and basketball games, there is so much more that we do. From all of the preparations for our game day routines, workouts, working on team uniformity, a lot goes into our few minutes on the court. And for us, that's just a side hobby. Many Dance Teams nationwide compete at a National competition once a year. Most teams' goals are the same: winning a national championship. But what it takes to accomplish that is so much more than anyone sees!

We workout... a lot.

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From timed mile tests to morning workouts, we NEVER stop working out. Running, lifting, core-strengthening are just some of the things we do on the side to make sure we are always at our peak physically. And it helps us look good, too.

We practice a lot, too!

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From learning and perfecting game day routines to learning and perfecting our national's routine, practices never stop. We typically practice 3-5 times a week!

Game-day appearance is no joke!

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From the fake eyelashes to the full face of makeup, our final look must be approved by a coach before ANY performance.

Uniformity is a NECESSITY!

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From matching uniforms, to the same brand and color of lipstick, to the same exact style of eyelashes, probably the most important part of any collegiate dance team is the uniformity!

Nationals is our Super Bowl

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Game days can be fun and exciting, too, but the attention is on the players, as it should be. At nationals, however, we are the ones directly representing our school and competing for the National Title! Nothing compares to the feeling!

Fundraising, fundraising, and MORE fundraising!

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Collegiate Dance Team Nationals isn't cheap! Most Dance Teams have to fund at least the majority of their national's expenses, which is A LOT of money! From working kids' clinics, selling clothing, having GoFundMe pages, having Bingo events, the list can go on for days!! So much work is put in outside of practice just to raise enough money to compete at a national competition.

The audition process is ... brutal.

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From learning a dance off of Youtube a few days prior to the audition and performing it in front of judges, to executing all of the necessary technical skills (no matter if its YOUR cup of tea or not), to personal interviews, to a conditioning evaluation, auditions for collegiate dance teams might be some of the toughest days of the year.

Overall, being on a college Dance Team can be very overwhelming, but being surrounded by girls with similar interests as you 24/7 who are like family to you, make it all worth it!

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