I’d like to touch on the Solheim Cup contested last weekend between professional golfers from the US and Europe.
We’re going to wander a bit, but not too far. Last week we discussed Charlottesville. Really not very relevant to the Ur Legend. Unless of course you’ve read the rape scene in The Girl from Ipanema. Anyway, I’d like to touch on sports. Women’s sports, specifically the Solheim Cup. It was without a doubt one of the most thrilling golf competitions I’ve ever watched. Not only was the skill level superb, with players like Lexi Thompson of the US sinking 50 foot eagle putts, but both sides traded blows like Ali and Frazier. One competitor would sink a 10 foot birdie putt and her opponent would match it. Thrilling!
So what’s the issue? Media coverage (no, this is not a Trumpian harangue). Network TV covered the Cup for the first time in 15 years. They knew when the matches would end. No sudden deaths in Match Play. But they chose a time slot that allowed only ‘Recorded Earlier’ broadcast. To add insult to injury, the New York Times (MY paper!) did not have a single word written on the Solheim Cup. Now I know sports are entertainment and the ad $$ rules. And I know women’s sports are not the draw that men’s are. But C’MON! Not a single word in the Times. SAD, as our Fearless Leader would say.
As you all know by now women are my favorite gender. All of the female characters in my stories are strong. If you don’t believe me, read my books. I didn’t plan it that way, but that’s how it turned out. My take on women says something about how I view the world.
Anyway, get on Twitter, go to #SolheimWonderWomen and have a good rant!