The Women's American Football League
November 13, 2001 9:03 PM   Subscribe

after the success of the WNBA how could this not have been the next logical step? i'm sure this will be incredibly popular. it will rival the XFL. unless there are lesbian shower hidden cams there is no chance in hell of this getting any interest.
posted by suprfli at 9:18 PM on November 13, 2001

WAFL? What, was PANCAKE taken?
posted by billder at 9:18 PM on November 13, 2001

I bet the women playing are interested, and I bet they will generate a loyal following.

I hated football all of my life, until someone made me sit still through a game or two (okay, Dennis Miller helped). Now I think it's an intelligent, interesting sport that can be incredibly exciting at times. I'd go to these games to see how women play, to see what differences they bring to the sport. Which is what I like about the WNBA and women's college basketball.

Beautiful logos, too. I want official shirts!
posted by kittyloop at 9:34 PM on November 13, 2001

Hmm, this sounds familiar.
From the home office in Lincoln, Nebraska… Top 10 Slogans for the World League of American Football
  1. You can't spell “waffle” without W-L-A-F.
posted by Monk at 9:36 PM on November 13, 2001

Everyone's going to be a big star.

Everyone's going to drive a fast car.
posted by trioperative at 9:41 PM on November 13, 2001

They want to play football, great, good on 'em.

Unfortunately, they'll never make it big time and I don't think they really expect to. I hope they have a great time and wish them all the success. They'll certainly end up being nicer people than most of the overpaid, uneducated, crybaby boys playing pro.

And if you think women can't play sports as tough as football then you ought to watch a women's rugby match one day, they don't muck around.
posted by Option1 at 9:47 PM on November 13, 2001

I dunno, it might work. Who would have thought a few years ago that the U.S. women's soccer team would become the most popular Europe?!
posted by MiguelCardoso at 9:49 PM on November 13, 2001

First down, you start cheatin' on me
Second down, I was too blind to see
Third down, you know I love you so
Fourth down, baby I got to let you go,
'Cos I caught you with your
Backfield in motion, yeah,
I'm gonna have to penalize you...
posted by shinybeast at 9:51 PM on November 13, 2001

I don't know... This league looks like a better candidate for contraction then baseball.
posted by TacoConsumer at 9:57 PM on November 13, 2001

And if you think women can't play sports as tough as football then you ought to watch a women's rugby match one day, they don't muck around.

Or field hockey. Can't get more Talibanesque than that. I still have nightmares from my school days, of those stick-wielding ten-year-old Amazons mindlessly bashing each other's scar-ridden shins. It was so violent we boys were unable to enjoy the frequent glimpses of their dark blue, waist-high, industrial-strength panties.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 10:15 PM on November 13, 2001

I have a friend who plays in a local woman's league, she's a center and works out like mad in the offseason. She's a butt kicker (in the best way possible).
posted by owillis at 10:26 PM on November 13, 2001

Well, my Jaguars offensive line has proven that they can stop a potential sack about as effectively as a tub of whipped cream can stop a bullet. I mean no one, but no one, sucks worse than these guys do this season. So I'm actively looking for new teams to cheer for. I'm gonna watch these women with an open mind, and know that even if they're godawful, watching them won't be as painful as having the name of your hometown slammed into the mud every time the QB takes a snap.

Sorry...had to get that off my chest.
posted by Optamystic at 10:36 PM on November 13, 2001

"unless there are lesbian shower hidden cams there is no chance in hell of this getting any interest."

Yeah, Women are only good for one thing, right? They don't have lives of their own, or dreams to pursue. If they do, let's cut 'em down at the start and turn teach them once and for all what they are - sex objects.

Comments such as this, well it's a power thing of course, sexual repression is all about power....and at it's foundation considerable feelings of inadequacy on the part of those who try to wield the power.
posted by lucien at 12:01 AM on November 14, 2001

WAFL? What, was PANCAKE taken?

Don't knock WAFL! My state's (West. Australia's) local Australian rules league is called the WAFL. They tried changing it to Weststar or something stupid like that a year or two ago, and the idea flopped. WAFL is just such a better name.

Anyway, back on track...

Here's hoping the Women's American Football League gets plenty of media attention and whatnot - I'm getting sick of women's leagues getting no attention and only a small following.
posted by eoz at 12:06 AM on November 14, 2001

Right, lucien. There's an old Portuguese saying: "When you hear the word woman think of your mother, your sister and your daughter". It's remarkable how effectively it curbs casual male chauvinism. Sure, it's not sexy but women are sexy enough as it is.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 12:06 AM on November 14, 2001

Are you saying that my mom's not sexy?
posted by Optamystic at 12:18 AM on November 14, 2001

Optamystic: So you stop supporting your team when they stop winning? What kind of a fan are you?

Good luck to the women, although I think they've got their work cut out. American football is an expensive game, which requires a lot of equipment and training. Considering the difficulties of women's soccer and basketball, which are comparitively simpler sports, I think they will find it hard.
posted by salmacis at 2:01 AM on November 14, 2001

No, sal..I love my team. But it hurts to see Mark Brunell beaten within an inch of his life every Sunday. I'll still love the Jaguars, but at this point, I'm pretty sure it's gonna be a masochistic love. So if I wanna have any kind of "winner's rush", I'm gonna have to expand my sports horizons.
posted by Optamystic at 3:17 AM on November 14, 2001

Speaking of women's sports, my Seattle Storm Win WNBA Lottery!
posted by Carol Anne at 5:13 AM on November 14, 2001

The NFL (or Mike Brown) is gonna sue the crap out of them for that Bengals helmet on the front page.
posted by Mick at 5:51 AM on November 14, 2001

kittyloop: Yeah...make mine the Oakland Banshees. Great logo, cool name.
posted by alumshubby at 6:28 AM on November 14, 2001

The women of the WAFL are sissys. Everyone knows that real women play in the WPFL.

Women's Professional Football League
posted by DragonBoy at 6:35 AM on November 14, 2001

Did anyone catch the POV episode on the Women's Professional Football League?
posted by eckeric at 7:27 AM on November 14, 2001

Are these games televised? I see the season has already started, but this is the first I've heard of it. And ESPN and all it's subsidiary channels are on our set a lot.
posted by jennyb at 7:37 AM on November 14, 2001

Here in Chicago, we don't have a WNBA team. The reason is purely monetary. A call was put out a few months ago in the news and local papers that if (I believe) 5,000 people pledged to buy season passes for the Chicago team, then the WNBA would go ahead and do it.

Failed. Fell way short.

It gets me wondering why that is. I know that I really don't watch women's sports, but then I don't watch many sports at all - outside of baseball and an occasional game of bowling (the latter has very strong female participation.)

What I wonder is, are any of the sports dominated by men doomed to fail as women's sports? Are people simply not comfortable with idea, or is the outmoded stereotype that women "can't do it the same" in play here? Or is it simply because of money?
posted by hijinx at 7:56 AM on November 14, 2001

nope, wont be coming to my town soon. looks like the left out the entire north east coast

i would go to a game. if i got a free ticket. and beer. and food. and smoothies from the losers after the game...
posted by darth_smoothies at 11:11 AM on November 14, 2001

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