Checking My Balls At The Door

I need a second opinion. Does the fact that I am following the FIFA Woman’s World Cup in Germany make me out as an abject pussy? If I was to add that I usually don’t watch female sports as a general rule (Olympics don’t count) but the US woman’s team has had success in soccer, and there is not much else going on now in the sports world, does this get my man card renewed?

Since I do like the FIFA world cup and since woman’s soccer translates very well when comparing the two, I don’t think this is that big of a stretch. And when you consider the drama that is on folding, holy cow:

It was the sort of game Brazil and the U.S. have come to expect: a classic battle between the most technically talented women and the most athletic.

This time, the athletes won, as the United States notched a 2-2 win on penalty kicks to eliminate Brazil in the quarterfinal of the Women’s World Cup. Hope Solo guessed right to make a diving one-handed save and Ali Krieger nailed the final shot in one of the grittiest wins in history for a U.S. soccer team.

The Americans looked certain to be headed for defeat before a gorgeous stoppage-time goal by Abby Wambach saved the day. Wambach headed in a 50-yard cross from Megan Rapinoe, giving the U.S. new life and a chance to capitalize on a stunning performance from Solo. The Americans now play France in the semifinal Wednesday, with Sweden facing Japan.

You can watch the highlights here.

I admit, I have not been watching the full games ( I will now) but have been watching the highlights every night on the FIFA web site. The other day those cheating Swedes (damn you, kimpost) stole one from the American squad, sending them into a quarter final battle with Brazil, arguably the best team out there.

Much like how the Muslim world hates us because we allow our women folk to prance around uncovered, the soccer world hates us because we are so good at everything else but usually suck at soccer, so they try to screw us every chance they get with absolutely terrible officiating, and the USA/Brazil match was no different. First, that suspected holding call that gave them a free penalty kick, OK, make the call but don’t toss the player, bullshit, so now they have to play the rest of the game one man short. Oh, and since she missed the first penalty kick, let’s make up some other bullshit call and give her a second shot at it. You could plainly see on the video on the second goal that a Brazil players was clearly off sides, but it’s the Americans so just put the whistle away. And how good was that last minute header by Abby Wambach to tie it? This was the bottom of the ninth with two outs, and she hits a home run. And that great save by Hope Solo, Who is Hope Solo?

We want Sweden, getting by France will not be easy, I have watched their video highlights and they are a very athletic team as well. But that Swedish team does this annoying dance after each match, we gotta put an end to that.

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  1. Hal_10000

    I’m watching it too. The US almost got totally screwed in the Brazil game by the officiating. I’ve been a fan of women’s soccer since I saw the first olympic team at the Atlanta games. It’s not as big to me as say, college football or anything. But I catch it for the big tournaments.

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  2. Seattle Outcast

    You are allowed to watch women’s beach volleyball for the obvious reasons.

    Anything else and your testosterone level is open to public ridicule.

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  3. Hal_10000

    PS – One reason our team kicks so much ass? A huge number of women’s soccer players develop ACL problems. Our healthcare system is good at handling them.

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  4. Kimpost

    I’m following it too, but I’m not telling my irl friends. ;)

    I watched the US – Brazil game and it was a great drama with some horrible officiating. The bad officiating isn’t unusual when it comes to women’s soccer, unfortunately. Here they are even saying that some of the referee’s don’t seem to understand English…

    Before the game I kind of hoped for Brazil (because of the Iraq war), but as the match developed my loyalties shifted. The offside and the penalty was too much to stomach, so I got to thinking about what they are doing to the rain forest. A-holes! Anyway, you’ll beat France in the semi’s. Sweden vs. Japan is a 50-50 match. Hope we make it because it would be fun to beat you – again.

    I don’t agree with you on your ranking of Brazil. In my view Germany has been the team to beat the last couple of years, just followed by the US. Brazil might be third on my list, but it’s close between the following 3-4 teams.

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  5. Santino

    Does the fact that I am following the FIFA Woman’s World Cup in Germany make me out as an abject pussy?

    No, being a tennis player does. :) I keed, I keed.

    I love international football, male or female. I missed the game live so I watched the replay of yesterday’s match (even knowing the outcome), beat that rich. What a great finish. It reminded me of Donovan’s late goal against Algeria in last year’s mens’ World Cup.

    I had high expectations for Canada this tournament (we were actually ranked 6th) but they had a stinker of a tournament. Maybe they shouldn’t have been wearing skates.

    Here they are even saying that some of the referee’s don’t seem to understand English…

    I believe the ref in yesterday’s game is from Austraila.

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  6. richtaylor365 *

    You Canadians can’t handle anything without boards and blue lines.

    I was watching the video highlights of the Sweden/Australia match over again, I can’t make up my mind as to which is the prettiest goal, the moving header into the net, or the long range missile that goes right into the corner inches out of reach of a diving goalie, both were evident in this match .

    I just want the officials to let the Americans play, win or lose.

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  7. Seattle Outcast

    ACL replacement is pretty much a ho-hum operation any more now that most people use a donor tendon instead of getting their kneecap hacked up for the part. When I had mine done I was at the karate dojo in ten days working out again.

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  8. hist_ed

    Does the fact that I am following the FIFA Woman’s World Cup in Germany make me out as an abject pussy?

    Dude, watching hot soccer chicks running around in shorts and jerseys doesn’t make you a pussy. It’s not like its synchronized swimming.

    I play on two coed soccer teams. Some games I am there just for the view.

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  9. CM

    I had high expectations for Canada this tournament (we were actually ranked 6th) but they had a stinker of a tournament. Maybe they shouldn’t have been wearing skates.

    Yeah we sucked too (although as least we got a point!). We should have just picked it up and ran with it.

    EDIT: I just google imaged Hope Solo. I hope she wins……

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  10. richtaylor365 *

    Abby Wambach is an absolute beast. Hope Solo had an atrocious day, that lone french goal was all on her, she will need to clean up her game. I was hoping for a USA/Sweden final, oh well.

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  11. richtaylor365 *

    I was so looking forward to Sunday’s match and then they go and do this

    I guess it would be unpatriotic to hope they get their asses handed to them. It’s probably one or two big mouths thinking they speak for the whole team, yeah, that’s it, I feel better now, go USA.

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