ESPN’s Streak For The Cash is a next-level sports gaming contest that allows users to pick the winners of as many games as they can in a row. This month, Traci L. from Lewis Center, Ohio, won $100,000 for picking 27 straight games. However, a far more shocking development than accurately selecting so many consecutive outcomes seems to be the fact that Traci L. is a woman.

Judging from the text of ESPN’s announcement, a female winner is a rarity, which might lead some to safely assume that fewer females than males have enough time on their hands to enter such frivolous contests. Unfortunately, blasting a “Female Takes January Stash Again!” headline might also infer an unfair measure of astonishment that a woman would be capable of competing with men at predicting the results of sports match ups. Sacre bleu!

While this might not be as condescending as writing A Girl’s Guide To Watching Sports, stating the gender of the winner as though it’s a surprising development without reference to what makes it surprising leaves room for the announcement to come across as patronizing.

Thanks to Darren Kritzer for the tip.

Update: ESPN has changed the headline.

Comments (6)

  1. This blog is getting really preachy.

  2. Preachy? Oh my god. A blog author expressing their opinion! Stop the sanctimony.

    I’m pretty sure that pointing stuff out like this is the purpose of the blog. If you don’t appreciate expanding the sports conversation into social issues, you’re probably in the wrong place.

  3. I might move to Hawaii and then travel the globe.

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