If you ask a female sports fan about the most annoying things that they have to deal with from their male counterparts, there’s a good chance that “being forced to validate fandom” will land pretty high on the list. Doubting someone’s ability to care about sports based on their gender is a crappy and incredibly sexist thing to do, so it’s understandable that guys constantly forcing women to answer questions to prove their sports knowledge would be frustrating as hell.
Megan Brown is a 28-year-old baseball fan who has had to deal with this issue too often, despite the fact that she’s blogged and written about the sport for years. She decided to recently combat the insulting practice with a hilarious, pun-filled response to a guy she had recently began texting with.
After sharing the incredible response on Twitter, it quickly went viral, picking up more than 4,000 retweets and nearly 10,000 favorites in just over 24 hours.
I reached out to Megan to get a little background on the exchange, and this is what she had to say:
When meeting or dating guys it’s common for them to attempt to quiz women to test if they “really” are sports fans. This guy was someone I met off of a dating app, we had started texting & he asked me that question. It seemed pretty condescending plus it was something SO basic it was kind of insulting. Instead of responding with the teams (first instinct) or ignoring, I decided to have a little fun. I love baseball & I love puns, so at the very least I knew I would make myself laugh. He STILL hasn’t responded. That said I don’t know if I would either at this point.
For as sexist and insulting as he is, at least this guy knows when to take the L. There’s no chance you can ever come back from being owned that hard, so hopefully he goes back to the drawing board and learns his lesson. As it stands, baseball season hasn’t even officially started and we already have our biggest loser.