A Girl Who Saved Football; Close but no Cigar
“The lesson of a hero is that one person can make a difference. How many 16-year-old girls would sacrifice their spot on the cheer squad — and potentially their physical welfare — to save football?”
Anastasia Barr is credited with being heroic and risking life an limb for her school simply because she joined the schools football team.
I do not begrudge a girl joining a boys team under these circumstances because Avella Hight School PA was short handed (only 10 players) and no cuts would be made, but there is little mention of the boy (Mitch Spencer) who is Barr’s friend but also joined the team. So in reality the title of the nbcsports/msnbc article is misleading. In fact later in the article it says “and helped saved football at Avella.” is much more accurate.
So the other original 10 team members who stuck it out and Mitch Spencer were left in the dust of Barr’s appearance on the team.
When is the last time that you seen an article that addresses “potentially [risking] their physical welfare” when it is about boys or an all boys team, except at Glenn Sacks site? When is the last time that you seen an article that mentioned a boy that made ONE mundane tackle in the remaining of seasons games. I can safely say never!
If you join a football team you are expected to tackle and not “have to find the nerve” to do so.
To me it sounds like much hype to do about nothing other than she is a girl with equal rights to boys that interestingly demands superior attention.