For the entirety of their childhoods, boys are allowed the false belief they can one day be a pro baller. Santa can exist for them through High School. College even. Girls never get that.
An entire generation of adults have grown up in an America that has never known a time when there wasn’t a professional sports league for women.
But the 17-year-old girl who still lives inside me, the one who thought the world was really changing sitting in her parents’ bedroom on June 21, 1997, well, she was shattered.