Sports is not just a boy’s club

Stephanie Lee and Stephanie Lee

Skirt. Check. Heels. Check. Sports jersey? Check. One of those things is unlike the others.

The sports world is widely known as being a male dominated field. The stigma is that guys play sports, guys watch sports, and of course they talk about sports. But where do the females fit in? We are constantly being looked down upon as not knowing enough about sports. Often the female fan is even said to only like a team for the attractive players and the pink jerseys that teams sell.

But let me be the first to tell you that, yes, we do exist. And by we, I mean the female sports fan. The ones guys say they love but love to hate all at the same time.

The real female fan will stand out from the rest and you’ll be able to tell just by asking two simple questions: “Who is your favorite player? and why?” If they answer with the most popular player, but can’t back it up, you’ve got yourself what is commonly known as a “fan girl.”

Here’s a little 411 in a fan girl.

– They show up at games in six-inch heels, short skirts, and low cut tops exposing their cleavage, giggling every time their favorite player looks their way.
– They create a Tumblr page and post any and all photos of their favorite player with captions such as “I want your babies” and “omg marry me.”
– Their Twitter, AIM, Skype, or email address includes the title Mrs. in it somewhere.
– When you ask them who their favorite player is the answer is always going to be the most popular player.

That’s not to say there aren’t a few of us out there that actually know a thing or two about sports. Like how many girls can say they have followed New York Knicks point guard Mike Bibby from the University of Arizona, through the NBA all the way to where he is now? Or how many will know that Vancouver Canucks forward Manny Malhotra had a 61.7 face off percentage in the 2010-2011 NHL season ranking him second in the league.

Granted anyone can ramble off stats; they are easy to find by simply using the Internet. But find that one girl who can name off their favorite team’s roster, current and past seasons and you just might find yourself a true female sports fan.

So ladies, if you want to be a fan girl, do the rest of us a favor and go to your local magazine stand and pick up the latest issue of Tiger Beat.


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