A little news article caught my eye this weekend. Maybe because it’s not related to horrific images and thoughts of terrified children; or idiotic rhetoric about tighter gun control; or especially having to hear or read anything from Il Duce Bloomberg using the CT deaths to get more press for himself. Ass.
The story is about a 51 year old transsexual by the name of Gabrielle Ludwig who has just been cleared to play on the Mission College (Santa Clara, CA) Women’s basketball team. Now, I don’t care what your opinion is on this entire situation, that’s not what the post is about. I’m sure both Gabrielle and her teammates have taken more creative shit than anyone else can dish out including an “it” comment from two ESPN radio commentators. By the way, ESPN clearly needs to conduct an entire personnel enema. More on that another day.
The part of this story that caught my eye, was that Ludwig humbled herself and told the team (when the heat was rising about her being there) that if it would help, she’ll quit the team. Their response? If she doesn’t play, they don’t play.
Well done. That’s team.
I’ve been a part of various teams since I was a little tyke. Some of them were better than others. Some had drama, some didn’t. Some were fun, some weren’t. We had a kick ass intramural co-ed softball team in college, that was fun. I had a hippie, clog wearing, pot smoking coach for my swim team when I was in junior high, that was crazy. His pre-race coaching advice? “Just Pablo Cruise jules.” Brilliant.
My besties, Char and Sheila, and I had some pretty awesome softball teams growing up made even better by Dairy Queen visits after each game. Solid. But I’ve never been on a team with such solidarity. We should all be so lucky.
Thanks to them and their story of unity. Best of luck for a successful season!
On this team, we’re all united in a common goal: to keep my job.