#Feminism: NFL Announcer Praises Female Football Fans, the Idiotic Reactions Were About as 2020 as It Gets

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I used to be an avid fan of professional football before #wokeism took it over.

On any given Sunday, I could usually be found either vegging out on the couch watching NFL games all afternoon with some Bojangles chicken and sweet tea on hand or hanging out with family or friends and experiencing together with them the highs and lows that come from watching your favorite team either do well or stink up the joint.

It wasn’t uncommon for at least one of the guys in the crowd, usually one who didn’t know me very well, to appear genuinely surprised that I more than held my own when discussing the particulars of the game. On more than one occasion when I asked why they were surprised, the response was some variation of “I don’t know many women who like or know a lot about football.” We’d joke and laugh about it, and I’d say something along the lines of “not bad for a girl, right?” and then we’d move on, no harm, no foul. Nothing to take offense at whatsoever.

Unfortunately, there are some perpetually offended women out there (mostly on the left) who get riled up over even the most minor perceived slight, which brings me to this next story.

NBC sports commentator Cris Collinsworth was doing color commentary during Wednesday night’s NFL game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers when he committed the unforgivable offense of complimenting some female football fans for their knowledge of the sport:

It happened during the second quarter of Wednesday’s Steelers-Baltimore Ravens game, which had been rescheduled three times because of coronavirus concerns. Collinsworth talked with broadcast partner Mike Tirico about conversations he had with Steelers fans before the contest.

“Everybody’s a fan,” Collinsworth said. “In particular the ladies that I met. They have really specific questions about the game, and I’m like, ‘Wow, you’re just blown away by how strong the fans are here in this town.'”

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Collinsworth got widely mocked and ridiculed for it, with the Usual Suspects accusing him of being sexist, insensitive, etc. Here are a few examples:

There was quite a bit of virtue signaling from the men who joined in on the pile on, too:

The fauxtrage was so bad that Collinsworth ended up apologizing after the game, saying he was “sick” over the situation:

“Today on our broadcast I made reference to a couple of women that I met in Pittsburgh who so impressed me with their football knowledge that I wanted to tell their story on air. I know the way I phrased it insulted many,” the commentator said.

“I’m so sorry. What I intended as a compliment to the fans of Pittsburgh, became an insult. I’m sick about insulting any fan, but especially female fans and journalists. I know first hand how much harder they have to work than any of us in this industry. I was wrong and deeply apologize,” he continued.

While Collinsworth was “sick” over the thought of offending someone, others were “sick”, too – sick of yet another instance of non-sensical, ridiculous, knee-jerk backlash to something that wasn’t offensive:

This one was probably my favorite of them all:

I know Collinsworth irritates a lot of NFL diehards who are not fans of his announcing style, but the outcry over this was just stupid. And just like the uproar over New Orleans QB Drew Brees’ comments about kneeling and the American flag from earlier this year, Collinsworth didn’t deserve the heat he took over what he said.

“Woke” ladies and men, get this through your thick skulls: Sometimes a compliment is simply that: a compliment. Nothing more, nothing less. Please stop embarrassing the women of America, the vast majority of whom understand that there are much, much bigger issues going on in the world right now than a former football star paying a harmless compliment to female sports fans. Find something else to get outraged about, y’all, because this ain’t it.

In short: Stop with the stupid. Seriously, just stop it.

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