WERE THE U.S SOCCER WOMEN CHEATED?

What to do about the World Cup pay gap?

There was quite an outcry from feminists in and out of the media when it was learned that the U.S. Women’s Soccer team took home $2 million in prize money last month, while the German men’s team won $35 million in last year’s World Cup and the American team that didn’t make it out of the round of 16 made $8 million.

Of course, there was a politician ready to show his ignorance on the subject and pander to his voters.

Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont passed a resolution urging soccer’s corrupt organizing body, FIFA, to immediately end the pay inequities.

Anybody with a brain should know that the only way to get equal pay for the women would be to pass an international law requiring people to watch the Women’s World Cup.

The ratings for the U.S Women’s games in the USA were through the roof – the highest metered record ever for a soccer game on a single network, but, world-wide, they were 1/10 of what the Men’s games drew.

The Men’s World Cup in 2010 produced $3.7 billion in revenue. The 2011 Women’s World Cup generated $73 million.

Is this complicated?

It’s not sexism or the grass ceiling.

It’s economics.

Shane Ferro of Business Insider’s not buying it: “Most of us have been socialized to accept men’s sports as dominate and somehow more interesting.”

“The problem is that once society has internalized this falsehood – and let’s face it, it’s a falsehood that’s millennia in the making – it’s not so easy to correct.”

She’s right. It has been millennia in the making.

You know why?

Because men invented sports.

Golf was invented over in Scotland, where the Women’s Open Championship is taking place this weekend.

About 600 years ago, a bunch of guys, on the spot where the Men’s Open Championship was played two weeks ago – Old Course at St. Andrews in Fife Scotland – started it all.

They were bored shepherds in the field, who thought it would be fun try to hit round stones into rabbit holes using their wooden staffs.

For hundreds of years, women, who have always had more common sense than men, couldn’t imagine doing anything so stupid.

What are the chances that a woman came up with the idea that feeding Christians to the lions would be a nice way to spend a Summer evening?

I’m not an anthropologist but there must be a good explanation for why every sport was invented by a man and, despite the fact that both genders have been on the planet for the same amount of time, women only became really interested in playing them pretty recently.

Where have you been, ladies?

Six hundred years ago, the shepherds’ wives thought their husbands were idiots for spending their time knocking rocks into rabbit holes and, you know what? They were right.

Who knew it would evolve into an activity that would be played, not mention watched, by millions of people?

Most sports, when reduced to their essence are pretty stupid.

What about two men standing toe-to-toe trying to punch each other unconscious?

How about 22 men running into each other trying to prevent someone from advancing a pig’s bladder across a line drawn in the dirt?

These sports were invented by men, not because they’re superior to women, quite the opposite.

Women had better, more important things to do.

Now, more and more women are demanding that men be as interested in watching women play the ridiculous games that they invented as they are in watching other men.
With all due respect to Ms. Ferro, we haven’t been socialized to believe men’s sports are more interesting. They just are. Not always. But most of the time. Especially to men.

And instead of being offended by the long history of male dominance in sports, maybe women should take pride in the fact that, throughout the millennia, they have found better things to do with their time.

And rememeber, it was a man, Genghis Kahn, who thought that polo would be more fun if they used human heads instead of a ball.

STEIGERWORLD PODCAST | EP. 25

“Bill Belichick CHEATS at Press Conferences”

Welcome to the world of John Steigerwald

John Steigerwald brings his 40 years of sports and worldly knowledge to the online podcast world with “SteigerWorld” The show is a weekly no-holds barred format full of hot takes on sports, pop culture, entertainment, trending topics, politics and interviews with forty years of friends.

GLUTEN FREE PODCAST TALKING POINTS:

SEGMENT 1: “SPORTS” Starts at 00:00
–       Bill Belichick even CHEATS at Press Conferences
–       Tom Brady is just embarrassing himself now
–       Penguins trade Sutter to Vancouver for Bonino & Clendening; sign Fehr
–       Pirates still 5 ½ games out; sign Aramis Ramierez, Polanco hitting better
–       Steelers extend contracts for Coach Tomlin & GM Kevin Colbert thru 2018
–       What would’ve happened if Dan Rooney never forced Cowher to draft Roethlisberger
–       Arizona Cardinals hire NFL’s 1st female coaching intern, Jen Welter

SEGMENT 2: “NEWS THAT MATTERS” Starts at 21:01
–       Dems should scramble for anyone but Mrs. Clinton
–       Camille Paglia, liberal lesbian feminist, compares Bill Clinton to Bill Cosby

SEGMENT 3: “WHY WE MAY BE DOOMED” Starts at 28:47
–       Univ. of Missouri coaches faculty on inclusive language/pronoun usage
–       George Washington University no longer needs applicants’ SAT scores
–       Univ. of California offers six gender choices on applications

SEGMENT 4: “STAG AT THE MOVIES” Starts at 36:09
–       “Southpaw”

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TOMLIN DESERVED THE EXTENSION BUT….

Based on the way the Steelers do business, Mike Tomlin deserved the two year extension. Bottom line, he went 11-6 last year and won a division championship.

But…………..

The Steelers haven’t won a playoff game in four years. You’d have to go back to the dark ages before Chuck Noll to find a stretch of five years without a post season win.

Before Noll, the Steelers went 40 years without one.

Tomlin inhrited a team with a lot of talent and he did whatr a good coach would/should do. He won a lot.

Went to two Super Bowls.

BUt……………..

He inherited a team with a franchise/future HOF quarterback, a HOF safety, a probable HOF wide receiver, an all-pro RB, a HOF caliber TE and a genius for a defensive coordinator.

As the players he inherited have begun to disappear, so have the playoff wins.

Tomlin has to prove that he can draft (and he has a lot to say about who gets drafted) and develop players on his own and win with them.

The Steelers have their toughest (on paper) schedule in a long time.

I don’t think the Steelers are better now than they were last January.

Let’s see how that extension looks at this time next year.

NO TEARS FOR TIGER

Tiger Woods is a middle of the pack hack.

That’s what ESPN golf analyst Paul Azinger called him during coverage of the first round of the British Open. The actual quote was, “It’s hard to watch the greatest player of this generation be a middle of the pack hack.”

Azinger may have been trying to be nice by saying that it’s hard to watch, but he probably wasn’t speaking for most of the people who play, cover and follow professional golf.

As I write this, Woods was trying to finish his second round and on the way to missing the cut. He was 21 over par for his last 45 holes in a major tournament.

It’s dangerous to write off a once in a generation player in any sport because their otherworldliness could very well mean that they have the ability to overcome the odds and be great again.

But Tiger’s game needs drastic improvement to reach mediocrity. He’s really been bad for a while. Going into the British Open he was ranked 241st in the world and was averaging 73 strokes per round.

That’ll get you a 1 or 2 handicap at your local country club, but it won’t get you enough prize money on the PGA tour to pay your expenses.

Talk to guys who have covered Tiger Woods over the years and you will find that many, if not most, don’t find it hard at all to see him becoming a hack.

Woods was never a very popular guy on tour. Not with his fellow golfers or the media who covered him.

A Hall of Fame golf writer, who has been covering the PGA since the early days of Arnold Palmer, told me two years ago that most of the players on the tour felt that Woods’ decline couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy.

And, regardless of what the golf media say publicly, as much as they appreciate what Woods has done and could still do for the sport, it’s safe to assume that they don’t find Woods’ fall hard to watch at all.

Woods was always fun to watch even it never looked like he was having fun playing. Jordan Speith, who’s trying to win his third straight major tournament this weekend, has already smiled more in post-round interviews than Tiger has smiled in his entire career.

Woods will always be mentioned in the same breath as Nicklaus, Palmer, Player, Watson and Hogan, but he stands alone as the guy who, while he was the face of golf, would throw his clubs and drop F-bombs on the course.

Tom Watson played his last 18 holes at the British Open on Friday and got the proper sendoff from the crowd as he crossed the famed Swilican Bridge at St. Andrews.

With the way Woods’ career is going now and with his lack of friends in the golf world, it’s hard to imagine him having a moment like that 25 years from now.

Jack Nicklaus, who is back to being the indisputable best player in history, is also universally regarded as one of the nicest, classiest, most gracious players ever.

In any sport.

At his age, he probably appreciates that more than his accomplishments on the course.

There are, no doubt, still millions of golf fans out there who would like to see Tiger Woods become Tiger Woods again for no other reason than their appreciation for greatness.

Woods has sunk so low that even the media, who were turned off long ago by his lack of cooperation and surliness, would be fine with a miraculous return to his old self because it would be a great story to cover.

But you know who would really like to see Tiger come roaring back to the top of the golf world?\

Nike.

How would you like to have $50 or $60 million in endorsements riding on him for the next several years?

NO TEARS FOR TIGER

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Tiger Woods is a middle of the pack hack.

That’s what ESPN golf analyst Paul Azinger called him during ESPN’s coverage of the first round of the British Open.

The actual quote was, “It’s hard to watch the greatest player of this generation be a middle of the pack hack.”

Azinger may have been trying to be nice by saying that it’s hard to watch, but he probably wasn’t speaking for most of the people who play, cover and follow professional golf.

As I write this, Woods is waiting to finish his second round and on his way to missing the cut. He was 21 over par in his last 45 holes at a major tournament.

It’s dangerous to write off a once in a generation player in any sport because their otherworldliness could very well mean that they have the ability to overcome the odds and be great again.

But Tiger’s game needs drastic improvement to reach mediocrity. He’s really been bad for a while. Going into the British Open he was ranked 241st in the world and was averaging 73 strokes per round.

That’ll get you a 1 or 2 handicap at your local country club, but it won’t get you enough prize money on the PGA tour to pay your expenses.

Talk to guys who have covered Tiger Woods over the years and you will find that many, if not most, don’t find it hard at all to see him becoming a hack.

Woods was never a very popular guy on tour. Not with his fellow golfers or the media who covered him.

A Hall of Fame golf writer, who has been covering the PGA since the early days of Arnold Palmer, told me two years ago that most of the players on the tour felt that Woods’ decline couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy.

And, regardless of what the golf media say publicly, as much as they appreciate what Woods has done and could still do for the sport, it’s safe to assume that they don’t find Woods’ fall hard to watch at all.

Woods was always fun to watch even it never looked like he was having fun playing. Jordan Speith, who’s trying to win his third straight major tournament this weekend, has already smiled more in post-round interviews than Tiger has smiled in his entire career.

Woods will always be mentioned in the same breath as Nicklaus, Palmer, Player, Watson and Hogan, but he stands alone as the guy who, while he was the face of golf, would throw his clubs and drop F-bombs on the course.

Tom Watson played his last 18 holes at the British Open on Friday and got the proper sendoff from the crowd as he crossed the famed Swilican Bridge at St. Andrews.

With the way Woods’ career is going now and with his lack of friends in the golf world, it’s hard to imagine him having a moment like that 25 years from now.

Jack Nicklaus, who is back to being the indisputable best player in history, is also universally regarded as one of the nicest, classiest, most gracious players ever.

In any sport.

At his age, he probably appreciates that more than his accomplishments on the course.

There are, no doubt, still millions of golf fans out there who would like to see Tiger Woods become Tiger Woods again for no other reason than their appreciation for greatness.

Woods has sunk so low that even the media, who were turned off long ago by his lack of cooperation and surliness, would be fine with a miraculous return to his old self because it would be a great story to cover.

But you know who would really like to see Tiger come roaring back to the top of the golf world?

Nike.

How would you like to have $50 or $60 million in endorsements riding on him for the next several years?

STEIGERWORLD PODCAST | EP. 23

Welcome to the world of John Steigerwald

John Steigerwald brings his 40 years of sports and worldly knowledge to the online podcast world with “SteigerWorld” The show is a weekly no-holds barred format full of hot takes on sports, pop culture, entertainment, trending topics, politics and interviews with forty years of friends.

GLUTEN FREE PODCAST TALKING POINTS:

SEGMENT 1: “SPORTS” Starts at 00:00
– Pirates 2.5 games behind Cardinals
– ESPYs & MLB All-Star Game… I watched ZERO minutes
– Ken Stabler dies at 69
– Tom Brady threatens lawsuit if suspension stands

SEGMENT 2: “NEWS THAT MATTERS” Starts at 11:50
– Iran Nuke Deal
– Donald Trump
– Planned Parenthood…

SEGMENT 3: “WHY WE MAY BE DOOMED” Starts at 23:51
– Animal Rights Manifesto: Texas Vegans should overthrow society
– Woman sues MLB for lack of netting at stadiums

No “Stag at the Movies” this week.

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Special Bonus “SteigerWorld” Podcast Episode – A chapter read from John’s Book “JWTG”

GLUTEN FREE AUDIOBOOK PODCAST INFORMATION:

In this bonus mini-episode, Stag reads an excerpt from his book Just Watch The Game. Chapter 2: “Passin’ on the Goose Eggs” is about St. Louis Cardinal Bob Gibson pitching a no-hitter against the Pirates in 1971, and Stag’s unconventional reaction…

You can purchase Just Watch The Game in paperback and on Kindle at amazon.com and at John’s website, www.justwatchthegame.com

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