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After yesterday's Supreme Court rulings, the subject of gender differences is on my mind, and not about marriage. That still has a long way to go before it becomes commonplace.

No -- I want to talk about a gender discrimination subject that still seems to be a major debate topic and I have no idea why -- girls playing boys sports. Right now, today, more than 100,000 girls are playing sports that used to be, like tree houses, for guys only. They're pitching, catching and batting on baseball teams. I said baseball, not softball. They're playing football, often as kickers, but sometimes in the trenches -- the line. Girls play boys hockey -- they even wrestle and but for a few misguided ministers, the crowds love them, especially when they win… and they do win.

All of this came up again, because a 12-year-old Georgia girl, a defensive end, has been kicked off her sixth grade football team. One of the reasons given was that having her on the team might "give the boys impure thoughts."

Listen, if a 300-pound player named Joann runs a 4.5 and shows up at the Cardinals office… sign her!

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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