Two stories completely unrelated except for the fact that they are both about British athletes. And I have no reason to combine them into one post but I read them on the same day and so there it is.
First, did you know that the national cricket team made it to the finals of the World Cup? Me neither. But I don't live in England so I feel I have an excuse. Unfortunately it appears not that many people in England knew either. And that's because it's the women's World Cup. Apparently sport is "the last bastion of sexism" in England where token coverage has been provided during the current event and past World Cups which the national team has won. This is in contrast to the men's team, which has not been doing so well on the international stage. There's an interesting comparison of the male and female captains of both the national cricket and football teams. (HINT: it's about salaries.)
Second, Andy Murray, who beat Roger Federer this past week at Indian Wells (yes, I know that's not what the tournament is called any longer--but that is how I know it), is being called by some manager type guy a role model for the women's game. Eeks!
Well, I guess it's not too too bad given that the rationale behind the statement is that Murray's game looks different than the other guys'; that he's a little more creative, has some touch to his shots, etc. And said manager-like guy feels that everyone on the women's side now (with the retirement and/or decline of more nuanced players) just hits hard. It's interesting to consider. I think the women's game has been far more interesting the past few years and I wonder now if the pendulum is swinging back to the men's side. I do continue to believe that there are more women who are contending for the top spots in the game--that there is more movement into and out of the top ten whereas it seems the top men are pretty consistently there.