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Final Four

March 30, 2017

Two weeks of surprises have left us with a very unexpected Final Four. Be honest. Did you have South Carolina in your Final Four? Don’t tell me you had Oregon! I can see lots of you having North Carolina. But did you have Gonzaga? Even though the Zags were a number-one seed, they get eliminated early on an annual basis.

That’s our Final Four. South Carolina. North Carolina. Oregon. Gonzaga. Not your typical Final Four.

North Carolina figures to be most everybody’s favorite this weekend. The Heels have been here before and have the talent to win two more games.

UNC will face Oregon first on Saturday. The Ducks have similar talent and are actually more athletic. Oregon is strong inside and have shot-blockers that will likely force North Carolina to rely on perimeter shooting.

My weekly readers know that I did not have Gonzaga advancing this far. And I am going to pick the Zags to lose again. South Carolina is easily the top defensive team remaining. Gonzaga has not seen anything like what it will see from the Gamecocks on Saturday.

Other than Gonzaga, I could see any of the other schools winning this thing. South Carolina could win its first national championship.

Oregon could win it for the first time since 1939 and the smart money will likely be on North Carolina. Saying that, watch Gonzaga eliminate all doubters, me included, and win it all.

I feel better picking the remaining games as I have watched quite a bit of the tournament. I believe we will see a South Carolina/North Carolina final. And tradition will win out as the Heels will win a classic on Monday Night.

Transgender Athletes

Lost in all the recent talk of transgender rights has been the integration of transgender athletes joining teams of their preferred gender. And that often means biological males are competing against biological females on women’s teams. This is causing a great deal of controversy. Critics argue that equality between the sexes simply doesn’t exist in the world of sports. Physiologically speaking, there’s a gender gap between men and women that cannot be erased. And most would agree.

Yet, this integration is happening across the USA and the world.

Biological males are joining women’s teams, smashing records and dominating in sports such as weightlifting, softball, cycling, track, volleyball, cricket, golf, basketball and mixed martial arts.

For example, when it comes to running, men are generally faster than women. On average, men have longer and larger bones, which gives them advantages over women.

Since these physical factors give most men a clear competitive edge in sports, is it fair or even safe for biological males, with larger muscle mass, hearts and lungs and greater strength, acceleration and speed, to compete against girls and win?

Gabrielle Ludwig

Is it fair that a man can claim to be a woman, win competitions in women’s sports, steal all the accolades, rewards, and recognition from the women who rightfully deserve them.

Are you with those who feel a man who does this essentially cheated by putting on makeup, injecting himself with hormones, and then says he’s a woman?

Sure is something to think about. And then there are the safety issues. Especially at younger ages.

I looked around and found some stories for you to ponder. Transgender Volleyball player Tia Thompson, born a male, played with the men’s division of USA Volleyball. Now Thompson has plans to compete as a woman in the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox, born a man, gave his female opponent a concussion and broke her eye socket a few years ago. The woman, Tamikka Brents, suffered a serious eye injury from a damaged orbital bone and needed seven staples after she fought Fox. It took Fox just over two minutes to cause all that damage.

How about 50 year old Gabrielle Ludwig? Gabrielle, who was born Robert, joined the women’s basketball team at Mission College in Santa Clara, California, in 2012. Ludwig is 6 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 220 pounds. Ludwig played on the women’s team even though he was a male college basketball player in 1980 for Nassau Community College. According to Community College Athletic Association bylaws, a student may only play for two years. But the athletic association made an exception for Ludwig, so he could play as a woman.

There are many more stories with similar storylines out there. And you can count on one reaching you soon. How will you react?
























































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