Following their politicization of nearly all aspects of society, the Regressive Left has set itself a new target: women’s football.
Now, if women’s football is about legitimate equality, and giving women a fair chance to play in a game traditionally reserved for males, then I am all for it. Women deserve access to play football, in the same way a man can.
But I will to some extent regret women’s football, if it becomes the next battleground for SJW’s to regurgitate their nonsense about the ‘patriarchy’, and to spew nonsensical garbage against white males and remaining fragments of traditional Australia.
Given this, I hope Jamila Rivzi and her contemptuous, authoritarian backlash against Eddie Mcguire for not attending a women’s football game, only represents the opinions of a vocal minority.
“Jamila Rizvi: ‘By failing to show up, McGuire missed out on so much”, news.com, February 6, 2017:
THIS weekend close to one million Australians tuned in to watch the inaugural game of the AFL women’s competition.
24,500 fans were there in person, packing out the stands at Princes Park beyond the ground’s intended capacity. More than 1000 others were turned away at the gates, disappointed to learn that they’d missed their chance to see Collingwood take on Carlton in this historic match.
Among those who missed out was Collingwood Football Club President Eddie McGuire. Not because he arrived after the lock out. Not because he misplaced his corporate box tickets. Not because of family commitments, but because he was in Adelaide watching a boxing match. Male boxing. Obviously.
McGuire is an extremely busy person. He hosts Millionaire Hot Seat on Channel 9, the Hot Breakfast on Triple M. He commentates for the AFL’s men’s competition and a host of other sports, he writes columns for the Herald Sun, is a board director and a father of two boys.
During the inaugural women’s game McGuire wasn’t just sitting back enjoying a bevy at the Green-Mundine fight. His defenders have been quick to point out that he was co-anchoring Fox News’ coverage at the time. McGuire is, after all, one of the foremost personalities in Australian sports administration and journalism. He works incredibly hard. And of course he can’t be everywhere – or at everything – at once.
As a man in high demand, there were undoubtedly other competing claims on his time that night that we don’t know about. Like all of us with busy lives, McGuire had to decide where his attention was most needed. He had to make a choice about how to spend his time.
And he absolutely made the wrong one.
Yes, McGuire’s supportive public comments about the Collingwood women’s team have been commendable, but talk is cheap and talk is also easy. The true measure of a leader’s commitment is their willingness to give up their time. If you’ve ever had a boss who threw an amazing Christmas Party for their staff but wouldn’t bother showing up to spend social time with their employees, you’ll know that to be true.
Time is the one thing you never get back.
Giving it to someone is the ultimate mark of respect.
By failing to show up at the game, McGuire missed out on so much. He missed the happy buzz of anticipation among fans as they poured into the crowded ground. He missed seeing his team running through that black and white banner as a professional outfit for the first time. He missed the cheers of the Collingwood fans when one of theirs — forward Jasmine Garner — earned her place in the history books by booting the first goal.
He missed seeing little kids — boys and girls — perched on their parent’s shoulders, straining to catch a glimpse of their new heroes at work. He missed AFL chief executive Gill McLachlan personally apologising to the fans that couldn’t get in the gate. He missed overhearing blokes from the men’s league excitedly imagining their daughters’ future professional footy careers.
He missed the chance to share that with his sons, who sit beside him at every Collingwood match during the men’s season. He missed the chance to show them that women can play their beloved game too and are worthy of their admiration. He missed the candid, giddy, humble interviews with the players after the match, players who were just so grateful that the fans had come out to support them.
There is some good news though. The best thing about footy is that there’s always another chance, another opportunity to get it right. There is another quarter to play, a new match next week, a better season to train for and a flag to be won the following year.
Collingwood take the field again next Saturday night. Let’s hope Eddie McGuire is watching. You can bet the rest of Australia will be.