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Women win classic ... hope you were watching

Posted on: July 10, 2011 4:15 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2011 5:13 pm
 
That was one of the most compelling games of international sport -- any sport -- in U.S. history. Hope you were watching. Hope Solo hopes you were watching, too.

Problem is, it was soccer. And not just soccer, but women's soccer. And so society being what it is, this game -- a U.S. victory against Brazil in penalty kicks on Sunday in a World Cup quarterfinal -- probably won't go down in history with some of the others unmistakably on that list, all-timers like the U.S. men's hockey team's win over the Soviets in 1980 and the U.S. men's basketball team's loss to the Soviets in 1972.

Sunday's soccer game wasn't for the ultimate championship, but neither was that hockey game in 1980. The gold-medal game was against Finland, but I digress.

This soccer game on Sunday, this women's soccer game, was the most compelling soccer match in American history. If you won't give me the first sentence of this blogg post, surely you'll give me that last one. The U.S. women have won world titles before -- two in the World Cup, three in the Olympics -- but there has never been a game like this one.

A game with awful officiating, flopping opponents, a goal in the final seconds of extra time in the latter of two overtimes to force penalty kicks, then a final penalty kick by Ali Krieger to finish off the Brazilians.

The Americans were screwed by blind officiating on at least one goal, then had to play 10-on-11 -- and I'm telling you, it was more like 10-on-14 counting the officials -- after Rachel Buehler was sent off the field with a red card on a penalty against Marta that probably wasn't a penalty and definitely wasn't worthy of expulsion. That led to a Brazilian penalty kick that U.S. keeper Hope Solo swatted away, only to be told to do it again because, well, as of this writing I'm not sure why Solo had to do it again.

All I know is she couldn't, and Marta scored on the retake, and a 1-0 U.S. lead became a 1-1 tie. Brazil eventually went ahead 2-1, but Abby Wambach buried a second-overtime header seconds before the game would end in defeat, and it was on to penalty kicks.

This was a victory for the United States, yes, but it was also a victory for class and dignity. Brazil showed very little of it with the theatrical flopping and bush-league stalling tactics.

I'm not sure the better team won. But I'm sure the classier team won. And if you're thinking to yourself, "This blogg post sure was written by an American homer," I'd tell you that you're damn right.







Category: Soccer
Tags: USA
 
Comments

Since: Feb 9, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2011 10:39 pm
 

Women win classic ... hope you were watching

Bad officiating is not the monopoly of Women's Soccer. In the last 15 years there have been 3 or 4 Super Bowls won with the help of terrible officiating.



Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2011 9:07 pm
 

Women win classic ... hope you were watching

Best line in the entire blog(it was a good blog, too):

"And if you're thinking to yourself, "This blogg post sure was written by an American homer," I'd tell you that you're damn right."

That's fine with me!

LVS




Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2011 9:03 pm
 

Women win classic ... hope you were watching

Saying it's not OK to pull for your national team if you don't follow the sport is asinine. It is about national pride, if it wasn't there would be no Olympics.
That would be just fine with me. The Olympics are about cash, not patriotism. I wouldn't mind seeing it disappear. It has lost its way completely.
Should have said this in the first post. It isn't about national pride...and the Olympics seem to be doing just fine.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2011 9:02 pm
 

Women win classic ... hope you were watching

Saying it's not OK to pull for your national team if you don't follow the sport is asinine. It is about national pride, if it wasn't there would be no Olympics.
That would be just fine with me. The Olympics are about cash, not patriotism. I wouldn't mind seeing it disappear. It has lost its way completely.
The VAST majority of Americans who were impacted by this game care because we WON, not that Brazil lost.
You're proving my point. If the Americans had lost, nobody would have cared. But because they won, people come out just because they have an excuse to scream USA. That's what bothers me. That's wrong.



Since: Mar 15, 2009
Posted on: July 10, 2011 8:57 pm
 

Women win classic ... hope you were watching

Watching the US soccer team and the ensuing player comments contradict Obama's view of America. Example after example after example of American Exceptionalism, work effort, never giving up, overcoming adversity, no excuses, pride in America.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2011 8:36 pm
 

Women win classic ... hope you were watching

I find it funny people feel the need to post saying how much they don't like soccer or how much shamwow is more entertaining. I'm sure the majority of Americans feel that way and there is nothing wrong with it, but how odd they feel the need to share that in a condescending way to those who enjoy it. It only serves to make you look like idiots and jerks, but thanks for sharing anyway?

And those who question people only watching a sport due to national pride, you too are just arrogant jerks aren't you? Who are you to dictate how involved people should be in order to watch or follow an event? I mean really? Bandwaggon jumpers are rampent in every sport and international soccer is no exception. I say watch what you want, when you want, for whatever reason you feel like. That's the American way. 



I'm a newer casual fan at best of any brand of soccer as my home city has only had a MLS team for 3 years now and I've always found it hard to stay awake for a game that has so little scoring and so little action (at least compared to our other major sports). I have watched other world cup events for both the US men and women and watched some of the matches between other countries. 

Having said that, this was the best of times and the worst of times all in one incredible match. I can say my impression early was even the mighty US was no where near the precision I've been watching in even the MLS. Weak passes and poor ball handling seem more the norm than the exception. The US got a cheap goal in the first two minutes and while they did have the ball at the other end of the pitch most of the game I didn't see much to impress me by way of skill.

Then a slew of calls so bad it really did feel like the ref had it in for the US team. I was mad and disguested by the lack of even reasonable officiating. If this is the best women's soccer can get for their top tournament then the sport has a loooooooooong way to go. 

I didn't actually turn off the game, but I seriously questioned if I could watch such horrid crap ever again. After Marta got the late goal to go up 2-1 I had seen enough and actually turned off the game and went off to do something more constructive assuming the US was sure to lose. About a half hour later I went back to ESPN to see if there were any discussions over how badly the US got screwed on this thing and found the game was still going. I mean man these things go on for a long time huh? There were only a few minutes left in overtime so I kept it on all the way to that unbelieveable ending.





Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2011 8:19 pm
 

Women win classic ... hope you were watching

Did you see that chick Erika #13 of Brazil flat got on the ground without no body touching her acting she was hurt, taken on a strecher to kill time only to get off the strecher and ran back to the field.That right there gave the U.S 3 minutes of injury time added thanks to her We scored the tying goal...That right there was KARMA!!



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2011 8:00 pm
 

Women win classic ... hope you were watching

If you think the Shamwow is more entertaining than Soccer, I would love to know what you watch during a Baseball game.  Soccer at least is all action, all build up.  Baseball - people stand around and wait for the pitchter, then hope someone hits something in order to have enough to do. 

And bashing - soccer? Really? I would hate to be anywhere near you during the Olympics.  I enjoy watching Ice Skating, skiiing, and a wide variety of other sports that we in the US don't have professional leagues for.

If you don't enjoy the sport - fine. Get behind your countries team. IF you can't be a patriot?  Well....




Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2011 7:43 pm
 

Women win classic ... hope you were watching

tall white ninja.....it airs again tonight at midnight...at least record it to watch when you do have time!  

as for the comparison to Donovans greatnesss....i have to say this one tops it by far!  especially with the history between the two and the epic South American floppers. They got yellow carded for time wasting and a player flop (you'll see in replay) which eventually gave us the extra 3 mins of extra time it took to nail it with literally...i mean literally seconds left in the 2nd of two extra periods in overtime!  

i had sports tears as a man and have watched the game live ...and the video no less than 20 times now...i just get chills!



Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2011 7:41 pm
 

Women win classic ... hope you were watching

Which is just stupid. If you follow the sport, it's fine to pull for your national team, but if you couldn't care less about it and won't start following it, don't act like you do just because your country happens to be playing. It's just like last year in the Olympics in hockey when the U.S. played Canada. Most people I knew from the U.S. couldn't name five players, they just wanted to rub it in the Canadians' faces, while the friends I have in Canada talked about how much they needed to win just for their national identity.

How many Americans actively follow swimming, or pole vault, or gymnastics, or figure skating? Not many. And how many Americans root like crazy for the athletes in those sports when they represent the USA in the Olympics? Many. Saying it's not OK to pull for your national team if you don't follow the sport is asinine. It is about national pride, if it wasn't there would be no Olympics. The VAST majority of Americans who were impacted by this game care because we WON, not that Brazil lost. The vindication after Brazil celebrated so openly after the 2007 loss is just icing on the cake.

I don't follow women's soccer whatsoever, but today, I am incredibly proud to share a country with our women's soccer team. I feel that way because I'm an American, not a die hard women's soccer fan.



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