Morning pixels: Female sports fans are in the spotlight this week


There was a bit of a kerfuffle yesterday about a new show on Canadian television network CBC. The show, titled “While the Men Watch,” is geared for women and is meant to take the standard commentary and analysis during live sporting events and replace it with girl talk.

According Puck Daddy, the hosts described it this way:

As our men were glued to the game, we were on the phone talking to each other about what we saw on the ice in a way that was completely different than what our guys or the real announcers were saying. Why were the players getting a seat and a drink in the penalty box if it’s supposed to be a punishment? And how exactly did that coach pick out a brown suit and tie combo four sizes too big?

The criticism came quick and strong. It was considered women-hating, alienating and sexist, forcing the network to defend itself.

I speak for myself, and myself only, when I say: lighten up.

They’re not implying that all women think this way, but we’re stuck with this idea that women are either die-hard sports fans or they aren’t. There is an entire demographic of women, who are casual fans or just learning about a sport, who would watch this show or listen to it while the game is on and enjoy it.

Besides, I know men who would rather listen to this for an hour than hear Tim McCarver for five minutes.

BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER...

* Jason Reid wants to know if LeBron James will ever win a title.

* Cole Hamels faced Bryce Harper without incident. Unless you count carrying a no-hitter into the sixth, striking out eight and throwing 114 pitches while beating the Nats 4-1 an incident.

* The NFL Players Association is suing the League for collusion. How much more ridiculous can this get?

* Russell Westbrook is becoming fun to watch.

TWEET OF THE NIGHT
Because nobody local tweeted anything interesting. Step up your Twitter game, D.C.

Goodnight to all. #peace. Or death, division, destruction and chaos. Whatever floats your boat.

— Arian Foster (@ArianFoster) May 24, 2012

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Bryce Harper on the hype leading up to his first plate appearance against Hamels :

“That’s probably why we were ‘Wednesday Night Baseball.’ Pretty cool that we got to be on ESPN.”

HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
Bryce Harper and his laser sharp focus...

PHOTO OF THE DAY


(Washginton Mystics)

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
No local teams play on television tonight. But you can watch the Heat at Indiana at 8 p.m. on ESPN. At least we’ll come closer to getting Jason Reid’s LeBron question answered.. All TV/Radio listings are here.

FOR THE LADIES
For ladies who would like to learn more about baseball and aren’t offended by the implication that we aren’t all experts, the Nats are holding their annual NatsU: Baseball for Women. (via Miss Chatter)

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