Friday, May 11, 2012

When You'd Rather Give Up Than Play a Girl

A conservative Catholic high school in Arizona (of course it's in Arizona) has forfeited a championship baseball game rather than play against a co-ed team that included exactly one girl. Read about it here, laugh about it below, and we'll move on with our lives pretty quickly.

Okay, one more thing- while it is pretty easy to mock the school's decision- fun, too, and highly encouraged on this blog- it's interesting to note that the school is literally only hurting itself with this move. The school is forfeiting. It will be on record as losing this game. The school's baseball team's ultimate goal- the ultimate goal of every team in every sport- is to win the championship, and this team is not even going to be allowed to try. Moreover, all the side benefits of sports- the character building exercises that are supposed to be the real reason schools invest so heavily in athletics- are going to be wiped out by this bizarre temper tantrum. Meanwhile, the girl and her team? They're great! Maybe it would have been nicer if they actually played and won, but it's not like the trophy's going to be any less shiny.

Let this be a lesson: if you're just going to keep on being a reactionary asshole in the face of an ever-more-inclusive sports world, you're going to lose. A lot. Hope the players on the team are okay with that.

Come to think of it- no, I don't. I hope they're pissed- and I hope they do something about it.

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