新世纪英专本科生系列(修订版):听力教程(第三版)第1册 Unit 11 Women's Professional Footbal

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American football has replaced
baseball as America’s favorite sport.

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Football has traditionally been

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played by men — big men who like to hit.

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However, in the past few years,

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there has been an increase in the
number of women’s football leagues.

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The women play by the same rules

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and with the same level of
physical contact as the men’s sport.

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Tarsha Fain is team captain of the Baltimore Nighthawks.

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“I feel women can do anything a man can do.

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The same way they get out there and hit,

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we get out there and hit too.”

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Fain and team owner Tanya Bryan were part

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of the first ever women’s World Championship last year.

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The American team — with Fain playing

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and Bryan serving as team manager — won the gold medal.

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“To be the first, the first time it was done,

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and be part of it, you know,no one else can ever say that.

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So it’s just a wonderful feeling.I’m so proud of that.”

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About ten women’s professional football leagues

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have been formed in the United States in recent years.

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Many have either joined with other leagues or failed.

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But the sport continues to grow.

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Ghoncheh Mossanen is an offensive

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specialist for the Nighthawks.

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She has played football for 28 years.

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Mossanen says the sport is her therapy.

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It is what she looks forward to the most.

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“I feel there’s a transformation when
I go from putting on my gear

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and stepping on this football field.

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It’s a huge mental transformation.”

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Mossanen moved to America from Iran as a child.

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She remembers the first time
she ever played football 

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— at a game in her neighborhood.

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“I remember getting the phone call from my cousin saying

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‘come on out,we need one more person to play.’

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I didn’t know what it was.

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I had never played the game and I remember going

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out there and just fell in love with it.”

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Most of the other players on the Nighthawks

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have also played since they were children.

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Most played unofficially or in non-contact leagues.

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But for team owner Tanya Bryan,

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women’s football was a completely new experience.

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“It’s funny, I didn’t even
realize the sport existed for women.

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And I got a phone call from a friend of mine

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and she said there was an opportunity
to own a team in Baltimore.

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And I thought it sounded really exciting and I said yes,
and four years later here I am.”

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When Bryan bought the team

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 she did not expect to make money right away.

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After four years, she is no longer losing money.

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But Bryan says what was most important to

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her was giving young women a chance to play ball.

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“Most of the time as women growing up we’re told,

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you know — not to be aggressive,

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and you know not to be assertive. And it’s nice to have an outlet where you can come

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somewhere and let all of that out.

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You know you can be loud. You can hit somebody. You can just let it all go.

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And you know I think it’s really,

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it’s really healthy, you know.

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Great athleticism is required for football

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and the team camaraderie is just fantastic.”

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The teamwork was great in the team’s recent

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game against the Philadelphia Firebirds.

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After a slow first half, the Nighthawks score ...

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and hang on for an 8–0 win.

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“It’s elation! I mean the team deserves it.

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We’ve been playing hard.It’s amazing. 
Now it’s our chance to make the championship.”

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The Nighthawks did not win the championship.

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But, they say having a chance to play this traditionally

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 men’s sport against other women
is itself a victory.

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