A feminist heroine has kicked a hole in pro football’s oppressive sex barrier:
Laura Silberman called it a day after completing only two kicks in an under par performance in the NFL regional scouting combine at the New York Jets practice field on Sunday.
Standing at the 35-yard line Laura Silberman’s first kick made only 19 yards while the second try was even more dismal, going only 14 yards. Laura Silberman winced at the second kickoff, calling for a trainer, who reportedly examined a re-aggravated quadriceps injury. Remaining on the sidelines, Laura Silberman watched the other 36 kickers try out.
Half an hour later, she undertook a 3 minute interview, describing her historical tryout as the first female at compete at the NFL regional scouting combine as “surreal” experience, while thanking the NFL for the “tremendous opportunity.”
Prior to the tryout in front of scouting teams, Laura Silber didn’t even participate in warmup kicks and struggled to keep the ball on the kicking tee.
That didn’t turn out so well. But Laura isn’t giving up.
”I would certainly be very, very excited and happy if I had the opportunity to try again,” said Laura Silbermans, ”but it’s not up to me. It’s up to the scouts.”
Let’s hope it’s up to scouts. It might be up to federal bureaucrats. The same authoritarian lunacy that gave us Title IX could put Laura on the Jets regardless of inability. After all, libs will argue, is she really a worse kicker than Mark Sanchez is a quarterback? It is a political fact that the sexes are completely equal in every way.
On a tip from Matt L.