Ah yes, Sarah Palin is finally writing headlines for Grantland!
First off, I really respect everything that they’re trying to do at Grantland. As a young writer, it is absolutely awesome that a site like Grantland exists, a site, supposedly, where writers can try new things out, can fail, can succeed, and can continue the move away from baseless generalizations and hackery like this or anything that John Steigerwald has ever written.
But it’s really just disappointing to see a story with the headline, “Will Texas Man Up Against Oklahoma State?” on the front page, as the LEAD story on Grantland. Now, read anything on this site, and you’ll understand what’s wrong with that headline. I’ve explained it too many times in the past, but in case anyone at Grantland, John Brandon, or whoever wrote the headline doesn’t understand, here’s why:
It makes no fucking sense.
Man up? What does that mean? Yes, I know what you’re trying to say: Texas needs to start playing like men! Arghhhh! But that idea, the playing-like-men one, is total bullshit.
How does a man play football, exactly, Grantland-ers? If “man” was a word with one definition, then sure, “Man up” might make some sense. But this guy is a man, this guy is a man, this guy is a man, and this guy is a man. So, which one do the Longhorns need to play like? And what about women?
She’s a woman. Why can’t they play like her?
This just in—again, I’ve written this too many times—being a man means whatever each man wants it to mean. By using the term, “Man Up,” by nature, you’re trying to define manliness. Whatever Brandon’s article is defining manliness as—basically, that Marlboro, macho-man, tough-guy manliness—is wrong because THERE IS NO DEFINITION.
Seeing this lazy-ass nonsense up on a site like Grantland, where things are supposed to be moving forward, not backward, really just sucks.
—Photo AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth