If he only knew how unpopular it would be for him to continue. But, he did, stating, "It's fine if you're a female and you want to be a super-fan. Clearly go for it, that's your choice. But there is something to be said for how appealing that might be to the other sex. Having a woman that's such a fan, like painting your face, tuning in to every podcast. I don't know how many males would be into that.
It's great that in Kansas City there are a lot of women in the stands, it's great, but for the guy who wants maybe a serious relationship... If you are following just casually, but if you're such a die-hard, I don't know, it comes a point that it is a bit of a... turn-off..."
Ouch. Now, just looking at the statement itself? I hear this kind of thing a lot. Or, to swing the other way, more than a few men have tried to talk to me about Bayern Munich, or football in general, telling me what I think I should know. Even while saying, "I don't watch the Bundesliga, but..." or "German football is so clinical... You have to understand their tactics." To which I exasperatingly reply, "I. Write. A. Column. About. Bayern. For ESPN. Perhaps you've heard of them?"
The difference is, those poor, misguided souls are regular Joe-Schmoes whose opinions will never be taken seriously, while Simon Borg is an official writer for MLS. And indeed, the MLS has taken this seriously, suspending Mr. Borg for a week and forcing him to undergo sensitivity training.
Admittedly, I do not watch a whole lot of Major League Soccer. My oeuvre lies in Europe, Germany specifically. If there were only more hours in a day to commit to this sport I love over everything! But, this latest incarnation of the MLS is facsinating; succeeding where earlier league attempts had failed, with female supporters being a huge reason for its present success.
Women, in general, have another reason for watching football. It happens to be incredibly appealing to watch 22 fit men running over a pitch. Those thighs! Those abs! And after 35 years of watching professional matches, I'm still not immune. One only has to look at my fawning tweets about Mario Gomez and Bastian Schweinsteiger, the success of the deliciously snarky Kickette.com and American website Womenunitedfc.com to get proof.
Many come for the eye-candy, and come back for the action. I regularly tutor women who want to increase their footie knowledge: Whether they are trying to impress their partners or just get a more fluid understanding of the sport, I am more than happy to do it.
Whatever the reason for watching, the ladies are here to stay. And no, Mr. Borg, we don't want to date you. We've got our husbands / boyfriends / significant others who like us just the way we are: Kit on, shawl over our shoulders, beer in hand, willing our team to win with thousands of other like-minded individuals.
Auf gehts, ladies!
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