By TED SILLANPAA
on Twitter @TedSillanpa
Raising a daughter has me paying a great deal more attention to women’s changing role in society than I would’ve paid 20, 25 years ago. So, on Sunday afternoon I was ready to pronounce it the biggest weekend for women in sports ever.
I’m glad I held off and gave it some thought.
Danica Patrick finished in the top 10 at the Daytona 500 and proved, most certainly, that women can succeed in NASCAR. Ronda Rousey attracted a huge pay-per-view audience and won her first UFC mixed martial arts fight, indicating that there’s an audience for women who want to fight in combat sports.
The acceptance of Patrick and Rousey by American sports fans would mean more if they both weren’t beautiful, sexy, charismatic and, generally, everything the average American male sports fan finds appealing in women. They’re really good at what they do, but they were hand-picked for the roles they played over the weekend because they’re … smokin’ hot!
I still hope my daughter winds up growing up in an America where women can be accepted anywhere in any sport … regardless of what they look like.