Egypt's sugar plant, the biggest in the world, to produce 900,000 tons    Egypt's unemployment rate drops to 7.2%    Egypt's exports of food industries increase 5% in Q1    Egypt-first to have new climate targets ahead of UN summit    Egypt uncovers official logo for COP27    Ukrainian people say goodbye to Leonid Kravchuk – first elected president    Noura Al-Mutair – first Gulf female boxer in World Championships    Egypt unveils 50 pound coin minted to mark Avenue of Sphinxes grand reopening    Canada's Robert Oliphant starts Egypt, Morocco visit today    Liverpool fans: "You'll Never Walk Alone" to Cristiano Ronaldo    Hot, rainy weather hits Egypt this week    COVID-19 in Egypt: infections fall to 124 cases last week    Realme announces Global Photography Contest 2022    Egypt to play key role in integrating water, climate issues globally – World Bank official    AstraZeneca to boost Egypt investment 50% in three years    Egypt's telecoms regulator announces working hours for holy month of Ramadan    Maha karara joins AAIB as Head of Corporate Communications, Sustainability    Egypt works on charting cooperation strategies with international institutions for 5 years: Al-Mashat    Over 2.4 million newborns examined for hearing impairment: Health Ministry    Netflix releases trailer of Arab adaption of 'Perfect Strangers' film    Balqees to headline concert celebrating launch of streaming giant LIVENow in MENA    Sawsan Badr to be honoured at Aswan Women Film Festival    MP Abdel Hady Al-Qasby calls government to facilitate and support NGOs    Al-Sisi follows up on 'Great Transfiguration Project' in St. Catherine    Cairo, London stress need to strengthen cooperation to face climate change    Foreigners account for 22.6% of Egypt's T-bills issuances in 1H 2021: CBE    Egypt's ambassador to Italy passes away    Egypt confirms readiness to help African countries face terrorism and extremism    An estimated 235 million people needed humanitarian assistance and protection in 2021, an increase of 40% compared to 2020: IOM Egypt    Egypt, DRC discuss water cooperation during WYF    Egypt, DR Congo discuss boosting bilateral cooperation during WYF    Cameroonian police probe assault on three Algerian journalists covering AFCON    Pharaohs start AFCON 2021 campaign with fierce clash against Nigeria    Foreign Ministry opens capacity building course for French-speaking African diplomats    Egypt's trade with Nile basin countries climbs 26% y-o-y in 9 months    Ethiopia halts work at its embassy in Egypt for 'economic reasons'    Russia says it's in sync with US, China, Pakistan on Taliban    It's a bit frustrating to draw at home: Real Madrid keeper after Villarreal game    Shoukry reviews with Guterres Egypt's efforts to achieve SDGs, promote human rights    Sudan says countries must cooperate on vaccines    Johnson & Johnson: Second shot boosts antibodies and protection against COVID-19    Egypt to tax bloggers, YouTubers    Egypt's FM asserts importance of stability in Libya, holding elections as scheduled    We mustn't lose touch: Muller after Bayern win in Bundesliga    Egypt records 36 new deaths from Covid-19, highest since mid June    Egypt sells $3 bln US-dollar dominated eurobonds    Gamal Hanafy's ceramic exhibition at Gezira Arts Centre is a must go    Italian Institute Director Davide Scalmani presents activities of the Cairo Institute for ITALIANA.IT platform    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Sports Talk: Palin the hockey mom
Published in Daily News Egypt on 03 - 10 - 2008

Sarah Palin is perhaps not the most intelligent person around, but she has definitely re-energized John McCain s bid for the White House. Part of her appeal comes from the fact that she is, among other things, a hockey mom, describing herself as such in her speech to the Republican National Convention. And it seems that for so many people, at least in America, Palin s hockey mom experience is just as valid as her professional credentials.
What is a hockey mom? Supposedly, they can swing an election result in the US, but for our purposes they are American mothers living in the suburbs whose time is often spent transporting their children from one hockey practice or game to another.
They must supervise homework and dinner, and are by necessity focused and disciplined. Comprising white married women with kids under 18, they are well off, with annual incomes over $75,000. The money is necessary for it costs about $1,500 a season for a child to play ice hockey. The cost of equipment can easily add a few hundred dollars more.
How many other hockey moms are out there? Probably a few hundred thousand.
How do hockey moms compare with their more famous sisters, the soccer moms? In cultural, social and political discourse of the United States, soccer mom refers to the broadly demographic group of women with school-aged kids. They are typically imagined as upper/ middle class, with a college education, and living in suburban areas.
Soccer moms have the hockey moms outnumbered by a wide margin in the US, claiming a total membership of more than 3.1 million players.
Parents who take their kids sports too seriously can get out of hand on the sidelines.
Hockey partisans claim that hockey moms are a bit more intense than their soccer counterparts, both in terms of the commitments they make to the sport and the intensity with which they cheer their kids. Partially as a result, USA Hockey spearheads a Relax, It s Just a Game campaign to try to get moms as well as dads to calm down.
The truth is that hockey and soccer parents are both tough when the situation warrants. Most can keep their anger inside but some make their emotions known. Some will mutter something or other, some yell, some look away from the field, some walk towards it, some make gestures, and some get red in the face.
The referee and their child s team usually top the list of sources of anger, followed by rude opponents, hostile remarks or gestures, coaches and illegal play. The worst offenders are those who take personally any slight to their children on the field.
It has something to do with their own sense of personal worth getting wrapped up in how their children are doing in these games. They feel intense, internal pressure to see their kids performing because their children are like extensions of themselves.
While aggression by spectators dates back at least to gladiator times, today more than 40 million American children play competitive sports, and parents flock to the sidelines. That can be a lethal combination. Among the most extreme examples: In Reading, Mass., in 2000, a father beat to death another father while watching their kids youth hockey practice game.
In Egypt, sideline spats don t turn lethal. We don t have ice in Egypt; ergo we don t have hockey moms. But we have plenty of soccer moms making personal sacrifices for their children's benefit; over-scheduling themselves to make sure everyone gets to their games and practices on time.
The Egyptian soccer mom is a somewhat overprotective, yet encouraging figure, and is less likely to get bent out of shape if their kids make an error at some sporting activity. They keep whatever aggression they might harbor in check, are not prone to turning into monsters at youth sports events and confrontations with parents of children on opposing teams is rare.
Rarely do these upstanding women citizens fly off the handle. Rather, they sit and watch, patient and quietly, hoping that one day their labor will pay off. Sometimes it does. Hamada Imam, one of Egypt s greatest footballers, often credits his wife for her back-and-forth efforts as a soccer mom for making their son Hazim one of the best soccer players in Egypt of the past decade.
Any mother here or abroad shuttling her children between school and sports practices can identify with Palin. But let s hope they re smarter.

Clic here to read the story from its source.