Over the last few years I’ve grown interested in sports other than the ones I grew up not being good at — switching my interest to those in which I never had a chance to be bad at. Like soccer.
Yesterday the 2011 Women’s World Cup opened in Germany and the first match was between France and Nigeria, and I had a good reason to cheer for France.
For the past two years the Nigerian Football Federation has conducted a witch-hunt to kick women off the national team who were suspected of being gay. And the team’s coach just bragged to the New York Times that she has dealt with “the big problem” of lesbianism.
Of course that is outrageous, but the condemnation of Nigeria is tempered by the fact among the largest benefactors of American soccer is Phillip Anschutz who has literally spent millions fighting to restrict the rights of gays and lesbians in this country.
Nigeria lost by the way…and happily it was a bad weekend for Anschutz and his millions too.