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Special Team Quality Control Steps. - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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Special Team Quality Control Steps.
I spent the largest quantity of today driving- from home to court in Niagara Falls; from there to Rochester; and from Rochester home.The middle stretch was the longest in time and danger, at least 30 miles of which were spent on a snowy two-lane Route 31 behind a gasoline tanker truck.

So I got to listen to a lot of radio. There was the good, including my introduction to this Mexican guitar duo doing a song you probably know-

- but also plenty. good and bad, about a breakthrough in machismo professional sports coming out of our own back yard.

The Bills announced yesterday that they were hiring the first-ever coach-level female for an NFL coaching staff- a former administrative assistant for the team's head coach, here last season and previously serving with him with the New York Jets, who will now serve as a quality control coach for special teams.

The Internet reaction was a mix. Most local reporters and air personalities reported it as a good thing, but there were plenty of comments echoing this dude, a Cleveland radio host who almost played in the NFL in the 70s, whose knuckles could be heard scraping the ground as he protesteth too much:

Kevin Kiley, a morning drive radio host on CBS Cleveland’s 92.3 The Fan, has a problem with women working in professional sports. Kiley made some very stupid comments about the NFL’s first female official in April, saying the job “calls for a lot of ‘man traits,'” and he got even worse Thursday following the Buffalo Bills’ hire of Kathryn Smith as the NFL’s first full-time female assistant coach. Kiley included “There’s no place for a woman in professional sports, in football, coaching men,” and many, many more Neanderthalic hot takes in his rant....

Kiley’s take on how this applies to Hall of Fame voting’s particularly funny, and hypocritical:

This is the old conversation we had about having a woman vote for the Hall of Fame in football. It’s absurd. I mean do you really want your determination, whether you make the Hall of Fame in football, do you want a woman to have a vote on that, who’s never played the game and doesn’t understand the intensity of the game?

Let’s examine just how good Kiley’s own football career was, shall we? From Wikipedia:

Kiley played college football at the University of Wyoming, was cut by the NFL’s New York Jets before the 1974 season without ever playing, and then played one season with the World Football League’s Chicago Fire.

But hey, he says his genitalia make him qualified to evaluate excellence! Because he’s a big, tough man who can physically “impose his will” on others!

When you stand next to a woman are you bigger and stronger? Do you have the ability to impose your will physically on most people? Women don’t have that.

Kiley goes on to say he doesn’t mind equality outside of football, though, which is the equivalent of “I’m not racist, I have many black friends.”

Football is about physical advantage. [Women] are at a loss when it comes to the reference points of football. This is not discrimination against women. I don’t care if a woman is President, that’d be great. I don’t care if a woman runs a corporation, that’d be great. But don’t set people up to fail. …She couldn’t possibly be qualified to the same level that a man could be qualified to do that.

My immediate thought was this: most obstetricians, and until a generation ago almost all of them, were male.  The incidence of live births emanating from the vaginas of male MDs has historically been consistent at zero (0%) percent. And yet somehow, there are virtually no reported cases of births being messed up because the male OB "couldn’t possibly be qualified to the same level."

There are plenty of trogolodytes in and around this zip code; more than one of them called in to the local sports talk show expressing similar sentiments about female football coaches (and soldiers, and firefighters, and police officers). Yet they all support a team which,not only has just hired the first female assistant coach, but was also the first to hire a female scout (admittedly, the former owner Ralph Wilson's daughter).  We are also one of only five out of the 32 teams in the league currently owned, wholly or in 50% part, by a female owner.

These are among the few facts about this team that really DO make me want to SHOUT!
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