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    Super Bowl for Women

    by Maggie Van Ostrand
    Maggie Van Ostrand
    No matter what they say, men do not want women in sports. I suppose there could be one exception: womenís basketball, and then only if they didnít wear bras. Otherwise, never mind the dirty looks from their wives and daughters, female colleagues, or even the equal rights legal stuff that says they have to let us in. They simply do not want women journalists in locker rooms, announcing sport events, or on the back of a horse in the Kentucky Derby.

    Women know this. Women do not care. Women will do it all anyway.

    But what about the Super Bowl? Have men at last created a devious way to defeat us, a method so diabolically clever that it is actually worthy of womanhood itself?

    We may well have a favorite team and have already phoned our bookies but what we cannot do is figure out which Super Bowl is being played. Take the game this coming Sunday. Itís between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants. Where is it being played? In Indianapolis. And thatís just the start. Itís called ďSuper Bowl XLVI.Ē What?

    On the front of Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, workers already installed a giant sign that just says XLVI. Why they arenít even called numbers, theyíre called numerals. Whatís that about anyway?

    It has to be a man plot. Super Bowl use of Roman numerals only started in 1971, same year women in Switzerland were finally allowed to vote. This sounds like a Revenge Move to me.

    What, they canít call this Sundayís game Super Bowl 46?

    Itís definitely a plot against women. The numbers may be Roman, but theyíre all Greek to me.

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    Maggie Van Ostrand, February 9, 2012 column
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