I would like to point out that I recently posted an entry about how I felt the USA women tanked hard and should’ve been ripped for an epic chokejob – but nobody seemed willing to do it. Then Kinger felt the need to tear me apart for saying that second place doesn’t get remembered. So I started to think, does second place really get remembered? Does falling just a bit short truly leave an indelible mark in the minds of fans? The answer is quite simply – yes. But for what? Is that a moment the losers are glad to have? I’m sure Jim Kelly is ecstatic when he gets asked how it felt to lose three SB’s in a row? He’s been asked that question more times than there is a countable number to describe it, and every time he hears it he is brought back to just how he felt after those losses. So sure Kinger, you’re right. The USA soccer team will be remembered…for being a favorite in a tournament they didn’t win. A tournament that they should have been out of against Brazil. And an epic fail in the final against a lower-rate Japanese side, in which they led not once but twice – and managed to fold the tent so quickly on the penalty kicks the announcers barely had time to assimilate that the US women just got DOMINATED by the moment. Ian Darke, the Brit announcer ESPN had doing the games with Julie Foudy, nearly stuttered a few times trying to describe the mess he was witnessing. So great, I hope you remember every player and every through ball from that game because honestly, after a performance like that I’d be embarrassed to say I just went out and represented my country on the pitch.
P.s. Just wanted to get it out there on record that still no memebers of the media have openly ripped the USA for the choke, and if they did Hope Solo was quick to come out and say “anyone who thinks we choked obviously doesn’t know anything about soccer.” I know enough to know that what I was watching was pathetic. So it isn’t quite so obvious, I guess.
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