While some sports are still considered fairly male-dominated (unfortunately,) there’s still room for women in sports and sports-related conversations. So, why not write a sports-related article for a women’s magazine? Perhaps this will encourage you ladies to join sports conversations.
I grew up being the only child and spent a lot of time with my dad, who has been an athlete all of his life.
He played lots of sports, mainly soccer, and the sports he didn’t play, he watched. And he talked about them. A lot. Thanks to him, I’m never really afraid to join a conversation based on sports, especially basketball. Especially the NBA. And especially when the conversation is held mainly by men.
The reason why I love talking sports with guys is because most of the time my opinion doesn’t get attention at first. I’m not an athlete whatsoever, and I am pretty feminine (lipstick, high heels, cute purse–I rock all of that.) Now, once I start building my argument based on legit sports facts and using sports terminology (i.e.: “Kyrie’s got handles,” “LeBron had a triple double,” “in the paint,” etc.,) I turn a lot of heads and earn my respect.
I’ve also made a couple of jaws drop.
I do wish more women wouldn’t hesitate to talk about sports with guys, which is why I am writing on this subject (and clearly begging you) to ease you into how to hold conversations about sports with men. So, ladies, if you truly don’t know sports (like you only watch the Super Bowl because of the half-time show or the awesome commercials,) make a change. It’s never too late to start cheering on a team and start watching sports. Here’s how!
- Stay up-to-date with sports and start following professional athletes and teams on social media. Your fave team will have an Instagram account, which stays current with rosters, breaking news, upcoming games, highlights and more.
- Besides following teams, athletes and the top sports channels, start checking in with credible sports journalists. Most teams have designated journalists who interview athletes. These journalists also write blogs, post status updates, and more. Plus, a lot of them share their own opinions and talk to fans, answering their questions.
- If your budget isn’t too tight, go to a professional game. Stay off of your phone and truly indulge in the presence of incredible athletes and play makers. Plus, being surrounded by other fans will make you feel right at home. Don’t forget to post your picture, possibly in fan gear, on Facebook for extra points.
- You can also involve yourself in sports, and it doesn’t have to be the sport you’re following. Since I’m only 5’2” (like barely,) I’m not quite the one to dunk or shoot hoops. However, I do enjoy swimming and playing soccer.
So, next time I see some of you girls, besides telling me about your cute shoes, let me know which game you’re going to see and who your favorite team beat the night before. And I hope we have this conversation in front of men!
Tea Hadzic is a social media expert and fashion stylist. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking and keeping up with the latest fashions.
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