Saturday, June 15, 2013

No purses in the NFL and Quebec Soccer faces backlash

From where I sit it looks like NFL stands for No Female Luggage.

I have been to plenty of sporting events with lots of different people. Only once have I been with a female who didn't bring her purse. My daughter. She's 7. The League claims this is an effort at increased security. That seems logical. After all, most fights in the stands are two women getting in a brawl, swinging their purses around clobbering everyone in sight. What will be banned next? Pockets in men's jeans? It's an arrogant move by the NFL. For them to think nobody would notice is simply stupid. The only thing this will prevent is people attending games.

Speaking of moronic rules, the Quebec Soccer Federation continues to stand by it's rule banning religious head gear.

Given international soccer's lengthy problems with racism and discrimination you know it's got to be a bad rule if FIFA disagrees with it. Once again 'safety' is at the centre of the rule. And just like the NFL this is only leading to headaches for the Quebec Soccer Federation. With 20 teams cancelling from a Montreal tournament there's no question the bite back is being felt. Change is, in all likelihood, coming soon. However, the damage is already done. How much discussion was done before the rule was passed? Did anyone stop and ask if this was right? Or smart? To paraphrase Dr Ian Malcom from Jurassic Park, the QSF was “so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should.”

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

Update: Quebec has changed their minds and eliminated the rule.  That doesn't preclude the fact that it should never have been there in the first place.

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