Patrick Hruby has done a magnificent job telling the story of Natalie Randolph coaching a high school football team in D.C. My beef is the unending litany of stories like this that fascinate the media above all.
If perhaps a third of the stories like this were churned out about women coaching, or competing against, other females, then crabby old media scolds might not have much of a legitimate gripe about coverage.
I understand how general sports readers — most of them likely male — might find Randolph’s story intriguing. But focusing on anomalies doesn’t reflect the wide range and breadth of female athletic experience.
Here are a couple of examples of what I’m talking about: How Under Armour is going after the young female athlete market, or what it calls the “team girl,” and a full front page on ESPN Rise devoted to the interests of female high school athletes.
Clearly there’s an encouraging critical mass that’s been reached here, and it figures to gain even more traction. I find this subject highly newsworthy but see precious little being written about it, which is odd given another media infatuation — this one with trend stories.
If I sound like a member of The Sisterhood for the day, then please understand that my gripe about the women in American football meme cuts both ways.
The same goes for baseball.
Enough of all this. Please.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m all for explaining novelties, and I’m not trying to diminish the passions of females in these mostly-male sports.
But instead of obsessing over these very rare scenarios, the more substantive story would detail how a majority of females experience sports.
And why that’s no longer an anomaly.