Media Misses Out on Liga MX Femenil Debut

The silence from women’s sports supporters was deafening.

A historic moment in women’s sports transpired recently.

In soccer.

If you went to the front soccer pages of the major sports sites in America during the event, you barely saw a mention of it – (ESPN FC excluded).

Not USA Today, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, SB Nation (you have to dig around for it), Sports Illustrated, Vice Sports – nothing, zilch, zippo, nada.

What am I referring too?

Liga MX Femenil

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Last month, I wrote a piece for The Shadow League discussing Major League Soccer’s attempts to combat racism in their sport. In it, I told the story of a mission trip to Mexico 10 years ago.

I described how our group went to a juvenile detention center and mingled with the residents in the large courtyard area. Being the sporty person I am – okay, not so much anymore – I readily joined in a volleyball game and then a soccer game (on concrete).

There is an undercurrent of machismo in the Mexican culture. In some areas it’s loud and pronounced, while in others it’s subtle. This center had a mix of both.

I didn’t care. I just wanted to play.

I played. I got knocked down. I got back up.

And, I proved myself.

They accepted me.

No small feat when you understand the culture. Most of the girls at the center didn’t want to play at all. Why?

Culture.

Culture can be a dictator. How it is, dictates how you will be. Culture in Mexico has often been the men play sports. Women stay at home, raise the children, cook, clean, etc.

It’s just how it is (was) down there. But, not in my Phoenix, Arizona home.

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Youngest child and third daughter of a single mom, sports was a normal thing in my house.

My siblings all played sports. I played sports. My mother loved sports of all kinds. Even in her 80’s, she still loves watching them today.

Whereas most women in sports media gained their love of sports from their fathers, I get mine from my mother. Her mother, from what I know, wasn’t into sports like her. I remember Grandma Margie as a tough firecracker of a woman who knew how to take care of her home while Tata John worked in their field. Whenever we visited, she was always cooking.

It’s a similar scenario for many families across Mexico, so it came as no surprise that many of the girls at the juvenile center didn’t participate in the games.

Fast forward to late 2016.

In December, it was announced that a new women’s league was being formed in Mexico.

Now, this wasn’t just any league. This was a league with the backing (think = $$$$) of the top flight league in men’s fútbol: Liga Bancomer MX. Eight of the 18 men’s teams fielded women’s teams for the inaugural Copa de La Liga MX Femenil tournament.

The teams, including tournament champion Pachúca, will do some touring now and during the summer before actual league play begins with the Apertura this fall.

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The backing of Liga Bancomer MX is key to the success of this league, as will the media coverage of it. That is why I was so interested to see how, if at all, media here in America would cover this tournament. 

ESPN FC covered it. SB Nation (sort of) did, but you have to do some digging to find their stories now. Where were the USA Today, New York Times stories? VICE? Even espnW? Think Progress? 

Unless I missed them, they were nowhere to be found.

Where were all the advocates for women’s sports? Where were all the people who take to Twitter any time someone disparages women’s sports? Where were those who talk about growing the game

Their silence was deafening. 

Was it because this was Mexico and not the United States? If the goal is to “grow the game” or increase opportunities for girls/women to play sports, then efforts need to be focused beyond this country. If the goal is to provide opportunities for women and girls to play sports, why wouldn’t you support a sport in a machismo culture? 

Lack of knowledge is no excuse. If you’re an advocate of women’s sports, you make it your business to know when girls and women are getting new opportunities to play sports. 

I’m not talking to those who aren’t advocates. I’m all for liking and watching the sports you want to watch. Don’t like women’s sports? Don’t watch and don’t blast those who do. Watch what you want. Support the sports you like. 

No, I’m talking to those who say they support women’s sports, yet ignore a prime opportunity for girls and women in our neighbors to the south. 

Make of it what you will. As for me, the hypocrisy doesn’t surprise me. I guess it’s too much to ask them to look past their own filters of knowledge.

 Can’t cross those “borders” now, can they? 

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EXTRA: To say there were a few that weren’t happy about it….well…let’s just say this would be a good time to learn how to use Google Translate. 

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Spanning the Twitterverse: City to Cartwheels?

Spanning the Twitterverse to bring you the constant variety of tweets
The thrill of the retweet and the agony of the unfollow
The human drama of the twitter timeline
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I took a few days off from posting this weekend. Oh I made sure to get my Friday Fun Tweets in but I needed a little break after the last week or so.Combine fighting sickness with blogging about a couple of topics beyond the normal “tweet-centered” post I normally do, definitely required rest. After those issues, I took some time off and am back in full force with some tweets from the World’s Favorite-est (is that a word?) Sport: Futbol/Soccer/Football.

Yes, it is that time of year everyone. The EPL (English Premier League)  & German Bundesliga started this weekend. Spain’s La Liga powerhouses Barcelona & Real Madrid played to a 2-2 draw in their Supercup match on Sunday (Yes, Messi scored. All is right in the world.) Italy’s Serie A is set to kick off in less than 2 weeks. It’s a bit of sports-bliss for me. Ahhhhh.

I have tweets of course. And included is a tweet with a video link that made me laugh and laugh and laugh today. Penalty kicks? You’ve never seen one like this. Trust me. But first we have these:

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The EPL did start this weekend. And the first set of games ended with Manchester City playing newcomer Swansea City today. Didn’t particularly care either way but I do enjoy reading tweets from people who are funny, yet still live and die with their teams.

Duane Rollins is the Managing Editor of Canadian Soccer News. And he is an unabashed Manchester City fan. City lives in the shadow (my words not his) of “perennial” champion Manchester United. City spent quite a bit of money this offseason so expectations are high. (Who am I kidding, aren’t they always high at City?) Anyway, I decided to “follow” Mr. Rollins today to see what his reactions would be about the game today. He didn’t disappoint, especially his last one below regarding City’s newest addition, Kun Aguero.

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Sports Illustrated’s Georgina Turner has two tweets in today’s post. The second one is my tweet of the day. But this one I included because somehow she compared soccer to Everybody Loves Raymond. HA!

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Kei Kamara from Sporting KC in the MLS is a tweet-quote dream. He’s taken to posting pictures of his food. Why did I feel this worthy of including here? Because he posted it at 10 o’clock at night. My kind of guy: breakfast for dinner. (Click on the link to see the picture.) 

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Messi scored against Real Madrid. True it wound up being a 2-2 tie, but Messi scored. If there was a better quote about Messi than below, I would love to know what it is. This one below, is pretty good.

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TWEET OF THE DAY

As promised above, this is truly a laugh out loud kind of video on the link. Click the link listed in the tweet below. Think a goalie can ever psyche out a penalty kick taker? Think again.

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Spanning the Twitterverse: Baseball, Football, Soccer & TotD

Spanning the Twitterverse to bring you the constant variety of tweets
The thrill of the retweet and the agony of the unfollow
The human drama of the twitter timeline
This is CadChica’s Wide World of Tworts

Distracted with writing my piece on Athletes & Social Media, I neglected to do the normal Spanning the Twitterverse the last few days. Interesting stuff in the twitterverse the last few days. Baseball winding down to the All-Star break. NFL still in lockout mode. Women’s World Cup holding an amazing game between the US and Brazil. And of course, the Tweet of the Day. So let’s span.

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BASEBALL

In honor of the All Star three-day extravaganza that kicked off tonight with the Home Run Derby, I bring you these little gems:

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NFL MEDIA

Yes, we visit Liz Mathews again for our signs of NFL media withdrawals during the lockout portion of this post. She is joined today by Andrew Brandt, who tried to get a window seat, only to be shot down by the airline rep. Why? Because of the lockout, of course.

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WOMEN’S WORLD CUP

Truth time! I did not watch the amazing game between the US women’s soccer team and Brazil. I know, I know. How can a soccer fan like me not watch it? Well….I was working. AND….I kind of forgot about it. ** hanging my head in shame now ** Seriously though, I WAS working. It was just by sheer chance that I caught the replay of Abby Wambach’s goal and the PK’s.

This means, however, that I missed most of the brilliant tweets (just guessing that there were some). It would’ve been virtually impossible to backtrack through all of those tweets to find the really great ones. I did find the first one yesterday (the power of Twitter on display) but my favorite by far is the one from former Rutgers player, Eric LeGrand, today. True it’s not exactly about the women’s team but they are inspiring him as he continues to strive toward regaining mobility after being paralyzed during a game last year against Army. If the US women can inspire him even more, then that’s AWESOME!

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TWEET OF THE DAY

I have never met Lisa Horne. Truth be told again (what is it with me and truth tonight?), I honestly didn’t know who she was. Until Twitter. Discovered her randomly through Twitter and began following immediately. She is one of the few in sports media who get it; one of the better ones at FOX Sports. Twitter is a communication tool; interaction with others. She replied back to me on a few tweets and well, now, she’s probably sick of me but she still replies. For that, AND of course her tweet below, she gets my TWEET OF THE DAY.

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Spanning the Twitterverse: FIFA, tsk,tsk,tsk

Spanning the Twitterverse to bring you the constant variety of tweets….the thrill of the retweet….and the agony of the unfollow.…the human drama of the twitter timeline….This is CadChica’s Wide World of Tworts

Having been at a day long track meet all day I was a little out of the Twitterverse today. Oh I had planned on following it by taking my laptop and my USB/Broadband stick (or whatever those things are called). Yeah, that was my plan but I forgot it. So I was watching my son’s track meet without my Twitter fix. Thankfully I saved a favorited a few tweets from earlier.

SOCCER

Ahhh FIFA, the more things change in the world around you, the more you stay the same.

TWEET OF THE DAY

At this point of the blog, if you are a Portland Timbers, MLS, fan, please do not shoot the messenger of the below tweet – or ME for that matter. I just wish to convey my pleasure with it as a Seatlle Sounders fan.

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