Playing Like Girls

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Right now, hey
It’s your tomorrow
Right now,
C’mon,it’s everything
Right now,
Catch a magic moment, do it
Right here and now – Van Halen

Surfing TV channels, I happened across a NCAA women’s softball playoff game.

Initially my attention was drawn to the nice-looking, athletic females.

The longer I watched the games, the more I became aware of differences between women’s contest and high-dollar men’s sports.

Female softball players stood at the top of their dugouts, cheering and chanting non-stop. Can’t say that’s true for men’s sports.

One softball infielder made an error and tapped herself on the shoulder, indicating the fault was hers.

Can’t say I’ve seen THAT during a men’s contest. No prima donna dreaming of major league dollars would swallow that blame.

Female players exchanged high-fives at the end of each inning and gathered around home plate to welcome home-run producers.

One batter disagreed with an umpire’s called strike, but stepped aside and let her coach plead her case.

Maybe without the prospect of big-buck contracts, this was their time to shine.

Will I become a fan of these unspoiled athletes? Hard to say.

But I’ll know what to watch once I get jaded again about college sports.

P.S. This blog returns June 19.



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