October 30, 2006, - 11:30 am

News of The Title IX Weird: Why We Don’t Like Women in Football

By Debbie Schlussel
Holley Mangold is the 16-year-old sister of New York Jets starting center, Nick Mangold.
She, too, is a lineman, playing football with the guys. No lie. At 5’9″, she weighs 310 pounds. A back-up offensive lineman–er, linewoman?–she plays on the men’s football team at Ohio’s Archbishop Alter High School. There are only two male players her size or bigger on the team.
I have mixed feelings about this, but am generally against women competing in men’s sports involving physical contact. On the one hand, she’s a big girl and will never be a supermodel (or even a cheerleader). She definitely has the size to play high school football as a lineman. It’s admirable that she’s not insisting that the school create a women’s football team or that the requirements and standards are lowered to allow her to compete with the guys. The evidence is that she’s pretty tough.

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5’9″, 310 lbs. Offensive Lineman Holley Mangold

Her coach told the New York Times:

“She’s an in-your-face, knock-you-on-your-tail offensive lineman.”

But is it in the best interest of men or women to have this “in-your-face, knock-you-on-your-tail” girl playing on the high school football team? What do guys say or do when they are tackled by her and sacked to the ground? They then become the embarrassment of all embarrassments, whether or not they play for her team or the opposing school. They become the player beaten up by a girl. Is her self-esteem so important that they get to be emasculated emotionally? Then, there’s the contact issue. What of it? How is it addressed? Can male players get disciplined for molestation because they hit her in the wrong place on the field?
Holley Mangold says,

“I like to hit people.”

All fair and good. But what happens when Mangold wants to “hit people” in college and try out for the pros? The two most prominent women college football players–both kickers–ended up in scandals, with one suing her team (Duke) because she couldn’t kick on par, and the other claiming her Colorado teammates raped her. Imagine what will happen with a female linemen?
This isn’t one of those “Homecoming Quarterback Princess” TV movies of the week. In real life, women really can’t handle playing in a men’s sport. It puts everyone in an awkward position. And creates problems for everyone–men and women–involved, all in the name of women’s lib.
We’ll be watching Holley Mangold to see what happens in her case.

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9 Responses

Hi Debbie,
I think that if Holley wants to and can play with the boys’ team, she absolutely should be allowed to do so. It doesn’t sound like anyone is making any special accomodations for her, nor that she requires any (other, I presume, with respect to the showers). Hardly the fall of western civilization. I say good for her.
Now what’s happening in Dearbornistan, which is only about 20 miles from my family?

RSS on October 30, 2006 at 12:19 pm

FOLKSÖah..just let her have some fun with her SHORT-LIVED dream.
SHE wonít have the SIZE or STRENGTH to make it in the NFLÖor the SPEED to make it in the CFL (Canadian Football League). Heck, even RICKY WILLIAMS is struggling (http://www.edmontonsun.com/Sports/OtherSports/2006/10/30/2175211-sun.html) up here!
And Holley donít forget the HULK got cut by the CFLís Toronto ARGOS (http://www.scifi.com/hulk/bio_ferrigno.html) after only two games!
NFL EUROPE wonít take her, and the ARENA LEAGUE is enough of a circus already~
So HOLLEYÖenjoy it while it lasts>

The Canadien on October 30, 2006 at 2:14 pm

Just what they need–a huge obese woman to play on the boys squad–come on. There is a woman’s professioinal league and this babe could make it big there. I wonder if she can hit?
Don’t worry about the boys’ egos Debbie. I would bet it is more of a novelty for the team–like the Texas Longhorns have a steer on the sidelines as mascot,this team has a heifer–albiet in uniform.
I hope she doesn’t step on anyone’s foot or ankle–yikes.

BB on October 30, 2006 at 2:21 pm

wonder if the wnba will take her ,they will do anything( give away slot token like at the indian casino here in connecticut) to get fans to go and you can watch same sex kissing and groping going on there for free

PNAMARBLE on October 30, 2006 at 7:14 pm

Poor girl, that is way too much weight.
Eh, it’s a non issue. The article said she’s a backup so she can’t be that great. There is just no way she has the muscle or height to compete at a higher level and she is too short for a lineman, anyways.
I don’t think females should play male sports, but as long as she’s not asking for special privilidges, let her get clobbered all she wants.

The_Man on October 30, 2006 at 10:12 pm

Like you said, it sure beats her demanding lots of special treatment. If she can compete with no extra accommodations, I say let her. If the guys are afraid of being emasculated, then they should just get good enough not to get beat by her.

Dan on October 31, 2006 at 2:36 am

Debbie, I can’t believe you’re suggesting that she shouldn’t be allowed to play football because she might actually succeed and hurt the feelings of those she bests on the field. If a male quarterback can’t handle being sacked by a 310 lb girl, HE should be the one barred from the team.
When I was a hockey goalie, there were a couple of women in my MEN’s league and sometimes they’d score on me. It was a complete non issue.
WHEN IT’S THE OTHER WAY AROUND, AND MEN SACK AND BEAT FEMALES, LET’S SEE WHAT THE RESPONSE IS. I DON’T SEE WHAT THE UPSIDE OF THIS IS, EXCEPT FOR A FREAK SHOW GAWKER EFFECT. 20/20 ONCE DID A PIECE ON SCHOOLS THAT ALLOW GIRLS TO WRESTLE IN BOYS WRESTLING. IT LED TO A LOT OF THE PROBLEMS I IDENTIFIED. THERE MAY NOT BE A PROBLEM WITH THIS ONE GIRL. BUT WAIT UNTIL THE FLOODGATES ARE OPENED.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

thegoalie on October 31, 2006 at 8:35 am

Thankfully,I grew up in an era before social
engineering made this a serious issue.As late as last year,female professional boxing champ Ann Wolf was scheduled to fight a man in Mississippi..that was “thankfully” stopped by Hurricane Katrina.Title IX has basically desimated all college sports outside of college football and this particular episode was sorta covered by a fat
girl on a wrestling team in ‘Boston Public’.

jaywilton on October 31, 2006 at 11:48 am

Another example of Politically Correct, we are all equal,feminism out of control.
I assume this is a male football team so how did this over weight fat slob get on the team? In proportion, She weighs at 5’9″ almost as much as William Frig-O-Rator Perry at 6’2″ of the Chicago Bears.
When did it become normal for a woman to sign up for a sport on a male team. Why is a socially acceptable for women to force their way onto all male teams and the MSM nods in approval?
What is point?
I wonder if everyone that is so enamored with this girl would think it was OK for a male to sign up for a spot on a female team.
IMHO-She should have signed up for Weight Watchers and received counseling for gender Identity Issues.

ScottyDog on November 3, 2006 at 4:35 pm

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