Sometimes my faith in the world is restored.
August 31, 2001 4:19 PM   Subscribe

Sometimes my faith in the world is restored. Not that a girl playing NCAA Division I football is going to change the world, but at least life's not all bad. Check out her teammates in the photo, they look genuinely psyched.
posted by o2b (13 comments total)
don't ask me why i find this so uplifting, i just do.
posted by o2b at 4:20 PM on August 31, 2001

She may well be on some meds legal or otherwise...note the eyes!
posted by Postroad at 4:22 PM on August 31, 2001

How much attention would she be getting if she weren't a cute blonde?

Just askin', is all...
posted by whatnotever at 4:46 PM on August 31, 2001

whatnotever... she's a 5'11" 160 lb blonde. Don't mess. heh
posted by PWA_BadBoy at 5:00 PM on August 31, 2001

i can't wait until a girl gets to play linebacker. now that would be cool (or cruel).
posted by kant breathe at 5:12 PM on August 31, 2001

It only makes sense if she is prepared to shower with the team. Otherwise it is stupid.
posted by Atom Heart Mother at 6:19 PM on August 31, 2001

i almost posted this story myself, after remembering having this metafilter discussion. heartfelt congrats to ashley martin.

(owillis, oct 15th is closer than you think)
posted by lescour at 7:31 PM on August 31, 2001

I give props to this woman so much more than that other nincompoop. She got her job on her ability - what it should all be about. I heard an interview with her on the radio and they asked her if there was a botched snap would she have a problem with running the ball or throwing a block. She said while it wouldn't be the ideal, "it's a part of the game". She's a football player.

(bring it on Dallas, bring it on)
posted by owillis at 8:52 PM on August 31, 2001

Do they let men play women's sports? This is about the stupidest thing I've ever seen people rally around. If sports are only about ability, then every sport should be co-ed. Period.
posted by dopamine at 9:33 PM on August 31, 2001

Football is always listed as "Football" and not "Men's Football". While it might have to do with the lack of "Women's Football" teams, it still implies that it is a sport where both genders can try to join.
posted by gyc at 10:15 PM on August 31, 2001

In that case gyc, perhaps some failed basketball players could start infiltrating the netball world. This support is just simply sycophantic dribble. I repeat, this is stupid.
posted by Atom Heart Mother at 10:37 PM on August 31, 2001

If there were money in netball, AHM, you'd see that.

I'm happy for Ashley, and for Manon Rheaume and Janet Guthrie and whoever else has 'crossed over,' if only because at some point all these little victories mean that someday it genuinely won't be a big deal and we can get on with our lives and cheer for (or against) the teams we tie our sense of well-being to, and it'll all be good again.
posted by chicobangs at 11:55 AM on September 1, 2001

A 127.5 kilogram snatch.
posted by pracowity at 4:50 AM on September 2, 2001

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