Things I haven’t seen in the U.S., Part 1

Women’s volleyball featured on the entire front page of the sports section.

I’m not suggesting that women’s volleyball has never been on the front page of any sports section in any paper in the U.S. There must be some place where women’s volleyball is featured outside of the Olympics. But a full front page spread? I don’t think I’ve seen it.

A magazine is a bit different because there is usually only one picture or feature story on the cover of a magazine. Undoubtedly, at some point, Sports Illustrated or some other magazine has put women’s volleyball on the cover.

In the U.S. we enjoy sports during the Olympics that we would otherwise never watch. Most people would never consider watching a volleyball match, unless they happened to be on a beach or some relative was playing in high school or college. I’m not suggesting that there aren’t people who play volleyball. Sure there are. All over the place. But that doesn’t mean that they would watch a match or even read an article about volleyball in the newspaper.

Brazil is a big volleyball country. At the 2012 Olympics, they won a medal in every volleyball event, including Gold in Women’s indoor. So people here have a love of volleyball because it’s one of the sports that they really excel in.

But if you notice the uniform the woman is wearing, this is professional women’s volleyball. I know that there is professional beach volleyball in the U.S., which I’m sure some people pay attention to. But this is not beach volleyball. It’s indoor.

So for me, this cover remains distinctively Brazilian. Or perhaps it’s just not American.

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