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