Maria SharapovaThe last time I wrote about Maria Sharapova was when she featured as a Hot Sports Babe. Since then she’s been banned from tennis as a drug cheat. As her doping ban nears a close she would have to fight her way up the ladder just to be included in a tournament. That is of course unless she’s offered a wildcard!

Much to the disappointment of many a tennis fan, and some big name tennis players, Maria Sharapova has been offered a wild card at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

The question is should she be offered a wild card or should she be forced to fight through the ranks for another chance at a tournament.? Why even would she even be offered a wildcard? After all one should be discouraging drug cheats not offering them crumbs to give them a leg up, right?

Why Maria Sharapova Is Offered A Wildcard.

According to her agent, Max Eisenbud, ‘The interest has been there, claimed Eisenbud. “Every WTA tournament called me, every single one,” he said.’

Personally I reckon it’s purely a business decision. Tournament officials obviously believe that Maria Sharapova will be a draw card. I’m sure more people will come to watch her play than would avoid attending because of her presence. Everyone involved wants their tournament to be a success and those offering Maria a wildcard obviously believe she will help to secure that success.

Former No.1 Chrissie Evert supports the wildcards being offered saying, “Maria has served her term and this decision of playing is really within the rule as far as the wild card entry,” Evert told the media. “I remember many, many weeks I started out on a Wednesday playing a match so it’s not like first rounds aren’t on Wednesday.”

Me, I’m more than happy to have her back. Who knows, with the break she was forced to have Sharapova may even be really successful.

What’s your feelings on her being offered all these wildcards.

I don’t know about you but I have to admit, when I first heard about the Woman’s AFL league I thought it wouldn’t last. I didn’t think people would be interested in watching a bunch of inexperienced women playing football. Not unless they were going to follow the Yanks Lingerie Football that is. :tongue_out:

Are You Enjoying Woman’s AFL?

Woman's AFL

Then came the Carlton vs Collingwood game at Princes Park, a game where fans had to be shut out because so many turned up for the game. Larger than expected crowds also showed up at Thebarton, Western Oval and even at Casey Fields.

Still, there are a lot of naysayers, saying it won’t last and that crowds are only showing up because of the free games. “There’s no way people will pay money to watch this type of game”. Or, “Shit, watching the under 10’s footy is more exciting. Watching the women’s lack of footy skills is so frustrating”, from another of my workmates.

My first experience of Woman’s AFL was the Crows vs Western Bulldogs game at Whitten Oval. Sure there was a lot of fumbling of the ball, and they need to improve their handball skills and stuff, but I still found the game exciting enough to enjoy. Sure, part of the thrill comes from watching your team battle against their foe but the majority of it comes from watching these women throw themselves into the game. There was no holding back and that is part of what makes a footy game exciting.

Don’t Be Too Harsh To Woman’s AFL

Before you judge woman’s AFL too harshly, just keep in mind that the vast majority of these women come into this game with little or no experience. They’re getting payed peanuts to play, and up until a couple of months ago were amateurs. Unlike the blokes they play and train part time as most have jobs to go to. I’m sure they’ll only get better with each game and that’s only going to make it more exciting. Shit, I might even place a few bets on Woman’s AFL.

Follow this link for a quick guide to Woman’s AFL.

What’s your opinion on the AFL Woman’s league?