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My sports watching on TV is primarily limited to football, mostly college, and basketball, mostly college also... and almost exclusively men's. I watch ESPN for the news and human interest side of the sports spectrum, because I think it reflects a lot about our society... here, there and everywhere. In person... I'm totally Virginia Tech football.
Then... there is the U S Women's Soccer team... world cup champions again. BTW, the U S Men's team didn't even qualify for the last men's World Cup. Linda and I watched every game the U S team played in the World Cup... including the 13 to Nil romp over the out'manned' Thailand squad. Not every game was a romp... as the athleticism of the teams in the knockout rounds were significantly higher. And this is where the U S team showed a toughness of spirit... and also a physical toughness. They didn't back down when a couple of the teams tried to physically intimidate them. The gave it back... and then some.
Yeah, they're athletes, pure, but not simple. I watched the team get ESPN's award for the Best Team. That was a 'duh' choice. And the team went glam for the show. It was almost like a group of models were on stage for some kind of presentation. Then Alex Morgan came to the mic. WOW... not only can she play soccer as good as anyone in the world... she probably could just get by on her looks... and then she opens her mouth... and could be a politician or an actress. Then Megan Rapinoe spoke. Charisma all the way. She could/should be a talk show host... and not just in the sports community. H-M-M-M. And I don't think that they're the exceptions in women's sports.
In any case, I enjoyed the ride... and was reminded how important that Title IX has been in the world of gender equality. But... that's another story.
Returning WWll vets were an example of humility and we’re loath to “spike the ball” or make any display of singular accomplishments. One of the most famous of all “football” coaches famously said after a player danced in the end zone after scoring, “...next time you get into the end zone, act like you’ve been there before.” Without commenting further on how Rapinoe chooses to represent and characterize the country she “represents”, I find her post scoring displays unseemly, self aggrandizing and particularly on the international stage arrogant and unsportsmanlike.
I find her post scoring displays unseemly, self aggrandizing and particularly on the international stage arrogant and unsportsmanlike. >>>>
Maybe it has something to do with... 1) that she's a woman; 2) you don't agree with her politics; 3) you don't watch much sports.
Maybe Mr tRump should listen to you... and not be... unseemly, self aggrandizing and particularly on the international stage arrogant... :-)
BTW, you're OK with the way the men celebrate when they score a goal in soccer? The U S men don't get to celebrate much, because they don't score many goals. But... if they did...
There is nothing sexier than a smart and accomplished sport model and nothing more uninteresting than than a team of preening self congratulatory adults who could not hold the field against 15 yr olds on their best day. Just adding a little perspective on the their demand for equality relative to the market. BTW, men doing the watusie is just as annoying, but a punctuating spike pretty satisfying. Since you couldn’t contain your frustration in your quest for optimum wokeness, I’m going ahead and spiking the ball. MAGA!