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Weird But True

Arizona High School Forfeits Championship Game Because Of Icky Girl


In a story that could be the A-plot of a sitcom from the nineties, a high school in Phoenix, Arizona, forfeited a championship baseball game in order to protect its players from the indignity of playing against a girl. FOX News reports:

Our Lady of Sorrows refused to play Mesa Preparatory Academy in Thursday’s scheduled Arizona Charter Athletic Association state championship game, because that team has Paige Sultzbach at second base. The 15-year-old agreed to sit out a pair of regular season victories over Our Lady of Sorrows, which is run by the Society of St. Pius X, an traditionalist church that broke away from Roman Catholic Church over Vatican reforms in 1970. But with everything on the line tonight, Sultzbach wasn’t willing to stay glued to the bench — even if it means no game at all.

Our Lady of Sorrows, indeed. The school released a statement that read, in part: “Teaching our boys to treat ladies with deference, we choose not to place them in an athletic competition where proper boundaries can only be respected with difficulty.” All of this “proper boundaries” talk is very confusing given that it’s baseball, and not football or basketball, sports which would require close contact between players. The most offensive thing I can think of a player doing on a baseball diamond is spitting, and that should be discouraged regardless. Also, A League of Their Own came out 20 years ago. Let’s pull it together, Arizona.


  • corri anderson

    def·er·ence   /ˈdɛfərəns/ Show Spelled[def-er-uhns] Show IPA
    noun 1. respectful submission or yielding to the judgment, opinion, will, etc., of another. 2. respectful or courteous regard: in deference to his wishesWould it not be more respectful to play a game and include a girl who earned a spot in the starting line-up, then to not play at all?  The action seems to be the opposite of the position.  Of course Arizona has a long way to go in regards to tolerance and equality so nobody should be surprised.

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  • david r

     Exactly.  I coached Little League and had girls on the team.  They were different than the boys, but probably more effective at that level.  Little things.  A young boy will want to uncork a wild throw to first base, while the girls I coached were great at getting a forceout.  And let’s not forget women’s softball at the collegiate level is not for sissies.  Baseball is a speed and finesse game.  Women should be encouraged to play at every level.  And should a woman get, say, tagged out in the junk, I imagine the reaction would be the same as if you tagged a guy in the junk.  A black eye.  That’s part of baseball, too.

  • Anonymous

    Alabama must be grateful for Arizona.

  • Anonymous

    Send in Romney to beat her up and cut her hair!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TWK2YYJTTIDLZIVV7NKZM23Z6Q Tyler

    That’s silly , this is 2012.  The school should be ashamed of itself. 

  • Anonymous

    My two cents.   They didn’t want their boys team to feel bad after losing to a team with GIRL.   I was under the impression we are in the 21st Century, but maybe Arizona is in a time warp.

  • expatpatriot

    I’d call the Our Lady of Sorrows players pussies, but that’d be an insult to pussies.

  • http://twitter.com/KeithFan28 Bobby

    She shouldn’t have been allowed to play in the first place. Boys aren’t allowed on the girls softball team, girls shouldn’t be allowed on the boys baseball team.

  • TheRoyalCourtJester

    There’s a sliding into second base joke here somewhere.

  • Anonymous

    Arizona, still the worst state by far.

  • Anonymous

    The school doesn’t have a softball team.  Get it?  The person wanted to play ball and was apparently qualified to do so.

  • Anonymous

    So much wrong in his story! Suffice with what in the world is happening in Arizona? Not long ago one of the most beautiful places in America now seems to be a refuge for wingnuttery. As for the kids – let’s play ball!

  • Anonymous

    Listen moron, can you read? This is a game between two charter schools-it has nothing to do with the Arizona school system. It’s a a religious charter school to boot. 

  • Anonymous

    Yep, remember when those Az cops brutally sodomized a man nearly to death? Oh, no, wait, that was NY. Oh, but remember when Az banned bake sales? Oh, no, that was NY, too. Meanwhile, NO and DC vie for most violent and corrupt on a yearly basis. But, Az is the worst. by far. 

  • Anonymous

    WTF are you blabbering about. How does Azx have a ‘long way to go in regards to tolerance and equality’ based on one religious CHARTER school’s decision? What about the other school that has a girl playing first string? And, of course, you do know that the the top 5 most powerful state positions in Arizona are filled by women. And have been for years. But, please, tell us all about Az. intolerance. Idiot. 

  • http://twitter.com/QUEERpig QUEER PIG

    Get the female off the diamond.  What is she planning on… going pro? ha ha ha… She should be a cheerleader… Or inside cooking after game pie.

  • Arizona blows.

    Arizona’s biggest fan, kit9.

  • http://twitter.com/KeithFan28 Bobby

    Boys are not allowed on girls teams. The same should be true the other way.

    There are plenty of girls sports with no male counterpart. There’s schools with girls volleyball, and no boys volleyball, but they don’t allow boys to go out for the volleyball team.

    I’ve played soccer all my life. The college I go to has no soccer team. They do have a girls team though. Guess what would happen if I wanted to go out for it?

  • http://twitter.com/KeithFan28 Bobby

     The irony being that this doesn’t have anything to do with Arizona. It’s just one school who made a decision based on some religious reason.

    This same reason was used a little while back when a wrestler forfeited a match because he didn’t want to compete with a girl, because he thought you shouldn’t treat women that way. This wasn’t in Arizona, of course.

  • Anonymous

     As if this is the only thing Arizona has to be embarrassed about.

  • Anonymous

     It’s called Title IX, and it’s the law.

  • http://twitter.com/KeithFan28 Bobby

    Title IX is BS. 

    “We want equality, by which we mean special treatment.”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SIYF5565LXG7BBKTKGSSFWU7TA The Rock

    Our Lady Of Sorrow are devout cowards not a good reason to forfeit a Championship because of a girl. Nothing wrong with girls trying out for baseball when I was in high school cross rival team had a place kicker that was a girl I see nothing wrong with that.

    Our Lady Of Sorrow needs to change there out dated ways and get into 2012 this isn’t 50′s or 60′s.

  • Anonymous

    I like the way girls throw a ball.  Kinda reminds me of Obama.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t say anything about any school system. Try to remember that you’re a crazy person, so you will tend to see and hear things that don’t actually exist.

  • Eye

    Unfortunately, title xi applies to schools receiving Federal financial assistance, which private schools do not receive. 

  • liquidassets

    This has nothing to do with Arizona, or even mainstream American Catholicism, and everything to do with far-right extreme Catholicism. I feel bad for the boys from that school, for having parents who send them to such a medieval institution for their “education”; they will have a tough time out in the real world when they graduate and  compete with women for jobs. Congrats to Paige and her teammates for their well-earned championship, and their coach for doing the right thing: playing the players who give you the best chance to win!

  • Anonymous

    Have you looked at Florida lately. They are consistently at the bottom of national ratings.

  • Anonymous

    At least Florida has beaches.

  • Anonymous

    Touche. At least we have lots of oil, all over those beaches.

  • loreal

    Your argument doesn’t hold up. Boys can’t play on girls’ teams because they have a physical advantage (they’re generally bigger, have stronger muscular development, etc). For a girl to be on the boys team means she has the talent and skill to “advance” up to that level, and so she deserves every bit of her success.


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