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A Fuller House

Just in case you had forgotten how women were trying to ruin sports for men, we are here to remind you that that isn’t always the case.

Vanderbilt University by Kevin Oliver is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

A Fuller House

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Well, friends, your favorite feisty female is back. I know it feels like it’s been a bit since I’ve gotten riled up but it’s been a hot minute since women tried to ruin sports for men. That is until last week when Sarah Fuller took the field for Vanderbilt.

Imagine if you will a scenario, for example, a global pandemic, where a college football team was without a kicker on their roster. Coaches don’t know where to turn in order to fill this spot going into Saturday. Sure, most guys would tell you to look within your team to see if someone could step up to the plate.

But not the coaching staff at Vanderbilt.

No, they did the unthinkable and they went outside of not only the football program but also outside of the men’s athletic program. That’s right. They went to the female athletics program. Because how else do you rile up an otherwise dormant and somewhat insecure fan base? You put a woman into that position.

But they didn’t ask just any girl to step in. No, no, as a matter of fact, they asked the goalie from their recent SEC championship-winning women’s soccer team to step in. Yeah, you heard that right. They asked her. Not the other way around. I know this news is likely devastating to fragile men’s egos around the country that think “they could’ve made that kick”.

For some reason unbeknownst to me, (and maybe many other women), these so-called “couch critics” feel somehow threatened that women and female athletes are trying to take away from opportunities that most of the general public would never otherwise have. I know. Shocking news right?!

The best part of this argument is that somehow the people who often claim that kickers aren’t “real athletes” or even “part of the team” are now calling for a woman who didn’t even ask to be in this position to “take a tackle like a real athlete”.

Oy, I can’t y’all. Especially when it’s happening on a team that has little to zero relevance on a national scale. But what do I know? Other than people (men) love to have a reason to be irrationally upset about the injustices they perceive to have perpetrated against them for no good reason. It must be so exhausting to be them. And to argue so violently against something that has absolutely nothing to do with or affect their daily lives.

All I can say is, Congratulations to Sarah Fuller, who is now the first woman to ever score a point in a Power 5 conference football game, and is an athlete that has been praised for her ability to adapt and be accurate. You’ve accomplished far more than most of your haters. And for those of you who still have something negative to say, all I ask is that you scroll on by and keep your nasty thoughts to yourself. We’ve had enough of your insecurities and I promise that it just makes you look so much worse in the long run.

An actor by degree, sports lover by day, and a bartender by night. As a native of suburban Detroit it took moving to NYC for Katie to fully realize her love of all things Michigan and Detroit sports. Feel free to engage her in her love of the coolest city and prettiest state in the country and why she will always root for Ohio State to lose every sporting event ever. No, really I am dead serious about that last statement.

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