Fun sponges in Lansing emptying stands for girls basketball games

Posted: January 31, 2011 by Jared Field in High School

Here’s just the latest example of how empty-headed do-nothings make things worse for people when, on occasion, they actually do something.

From the Detroit Free Press:

The Michigan Women’s Commission, which is under the executive branch of the state of Michigan, filed a civil rights complaint against the CAAC because it was scheduling its Friday varsity doubleheaders with the girls playing first and the boys second.

“We were forced to do it,” said Panici. “We could try to fight it in court, but we don’t have the money to fight it. So we made that switch.”

Haskins said the O-K schools switched to avoid a similar civil rights complaint.

Philosophically, the MWC has a point for wanting the girls to play second.

“In basketball, whether it’s the boys or the girls, the traditional pattern for playing basketball has been that the JV team plays first and the varsity second,” said Tom Wilson, a MWC commissioner. “The second team gets the advantage of more people being out of work and able to attend the games.

“For those reasons, to have girls to be the ones to play first puts the girls in a subservient position again.”

But the position the girls are in now is worse than subservient.

Congrats folks. Now fewer people are watching girls basketball in Lansing than ever, and I’ve seen it firsthand.

— By Jared Field | Great Lakes Hoops

  1. Anthony Coggins says:

    I feel bad for the girls, because the players of today had nothing to do with this. Those who filed the complaint are long gone. I hope they are happy they have put the girls in consistently embarrassing situations. The next thing to happen will be “mandatory attendance”…fans who go to the boys game MUST stay for the girls game.

    Oh well, the road to hell is paved with good intentions…

  2. Hoopsguru says:

    This same group of people went after the GLIAC this year also and they are now switching who starts first every year. Women play forst this year. Interestingly enough the GLIAC tried this as an experiment in the late 1990s and the women’s programs hated it so much they requested it be changed back.

    I have heard that the next “project” for this group is to get urinals in all women’s public restrooms. I’m actually OK with that so long as they get couches in the men’s rooms! 🙂

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