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DaveRocks
08-10-2012, 05:55 AM
And now for a change of pace, Americans are criticizing Americans....specifically the US women's soccer team, who wore some rather un-humble T-shirts at their medal ceremony.

http://blog.sfgate.com/olympics/2012/08/09/backlash-over-team-usa%E2%80%99s-nike-gold-medal-t-shirts/

Vile. The title of this thread definitely comes to mind. :rolleyes:

Bournekraatzfan
08-10-2012, 05:55 AM
And now for a change of pace, Americans are criticizing Americans....specifically the US women's soccer team, who wore some rather un-humble T-shirts at their medal ceremony.

http://blog.sfgate.com/olympics/2012/08/09/backlash-over-team-usa%E2%80%99s-nike-gold-medal-t-shirts/

I actually prefer these to the Ralph Lauren outfits...:shuffle:

Bournekraatzfan
08-10-2012, 05:57 AM
Mark my words--once he is too old for competitive swimming they will have him in the booth presenting/announcing: He has the most charm I've ever seen in any American male swimmer. He is golden and that extends beyond the medals.

I agree. And he has a very nice speaking voice. but I don't want to think of his retirement just yet:)

museksk8r
08-10-2012, 07:13 AM
I posted a link to an article that I thought might be of interest. It was a topic I was not even aware of until I read the article.



I did not. The comments about Levya are from the article. Here is the quote from McKay:

I thought at first you had posted this article link in jest because it was clearly too absurd to be taken seriously. I didn't realize you actually found some truth in it. :eek:

You shouldn't believe everything you read, honey. :2faced:;)

I think it's painfully obvious that the writer of this rubbish likes to over-exaggerate in order to create kontroversy. :shuffle:

:EVILLE: Amerikans :lynch: :rollin:

NeilJLeonard
08-10-2012, 09:44 AM
From the little I know about soccer, it's a dirty game. Early on, I saw an American stomp on the ankle/foot of Sinclair. Later an American dove into one of the Canadian women's knee, almost bending it backwards... (:eek:) But as the game progressed, I saw Canadians do some nasty stuff as well. I just assumed everybody tries to do as much sh** as they can get away with... :(
Incidental contact on both occasions. Players attempting to play the ball and one of them came out of it somewhat worse for wear. It happens to players on both teams and is accepted as such. Soccer is not necessarily "dirty", but it is a rough, demanding, physical contact sport. A perfect example of that occurred in extra time when Tancredi, I've heard she's nicknamed "Tank", flattened one of the USA players while tackling the ball from her. There was hard contact, but no whistle, no foul. Play went on because it was an accepted as part of the game by both teams (BTW, the USA & Canada are considered to be 2 of the more physical teams in the women's game, if not the 2 most physical).

The beef against the non-call on Tankredi was she did something was a deliberate attempt to injure an opponent. It is at the same level as the nice young "Lady" from Colombia that was running down the field with Abby Wambach, turned and punched Abby in the face. The ref in that game missed it & play continued. After the game the event was reviewed and the Colombian player, essentially, was banned from the tournament. BTW, IMO, Ms Tankredi's yellow card for insulting the ref also could very well have been a red. As yet, nothing has happened to Ms Tankredi. We'll see if anything ever does.

Sad that such an epic game has degenerated into finger-pointing and name calling. Especially since the finger pointing and name calling are not directed where they should be; not at the players on the other team, but at the officiating. I don't know who assigned this woman to the game, be it the IOC or FIFA. It is now obvious that she had no clue how competitive and aggressive these 2 teams are. Especially towards each other. She was in way over her head from the opening whistle.

NJL

ETA: I don't remember seeing the T-Shirts during the medal ceremony. They wore their team warm ups. As did all 3 teams. Canada's red being the most memorable. The T-Shirts were handed out and worn by some just after the game's ending & well before the medal ceremony. For some reason I thought of this thread and PeterG having apoplexy when I got a good look at them. I'm not offended. Just discouraged. These are at the same level as the "gold" jersey they wore at one WWC. They finished 3rd. The jerseys were then ridiculed as the "bronze" jersey. It seems that some lessons never sink in.....:(

jeffisjeff
08-10-2012, 02:27 PM
ETA: I don't remember seeing the T-Shirts during the medal ceremony. They wore their team warm ups. As did all 3 teams. Canada's red being the most memorable. The T-Shirts were handed out and worn by some just after the game's ending & well before the medal ceremony.

I missed the ceremony, so that is good to hear. The T-shirts were a dumb idea, but at least they weren't on the podium.

I don't follow women's soccer very closely, but from what I've read, both the US and Canadian teams are known for being highly physical, in contrast to the Japanese women who I guess are considered more of technicians. So it seems silly for either the US or the Canadian team (or their fans) to :wuzrobbed over the physical nature of the game.

As for "ugly," I'm finding the attempts by some to discredit the US women's soccer gold medal to be :blah: . Sour grapes can be ugly, particularly when people refuse to get over it.

cruisin
08-10-2012, 02:31 PM
:confused: Did Tara obtain a degree from a prominent institution of higher education? I am not aware of that.

Politeness was not the point, being articulate (and well-educated) was. Although Sasha was perfectly polite in the interview.

I misunderstood your post then, I thought we were talking about poor sportsmanship, in addition to being articulate. Lipinski was notorious (as was her mother) for being :eek: with her expletives! And Sasha had a few iffy moments too.


I posted a link to an article that I thought might be of interest. It was a topic I was not even aware of until I read the article.

I did not. The comments about Levya are from the article. Here is the quote from McKay:

Allskate beat me to it, but you interpreted the article. You gave it an "ugly" twist.

suep1963
08-10-2012, 02:34 PM
podium photo (http://sports.yahoo.com/photos/u-s-women-s-soccer-olympic-roster-slideshow/team-usa-sings-national-anthem-being-presented-gold-photo-003243745--spt.html)

No t-shirts on the podium

Skittl1321
08-10-2012, 02:45 PM
I have no problem with the shirts. They won 3 consecutive golds- that is greatness. If they lost, Nike would have eaten the cost of the shirts, or donated them (for pretty much every major sporting event they print up shirts proclaiming both teams the winner- the loser's shirts get recycled or donated to charities that usually send them to Africa.)

I just watched the podium ceremony. If they are wearing them, you can't see them. They look great in their track suits- and look awesome belting out the Star Spangled Banner.

If they had worn them for the medal ceremony, they would have looked extremely tacky (who does a medal ceremony in a t-shirt?), but what they did do, put them on after the game, and then dress appropriately on the podium, I see no problem.

I guess I don't see the need to be humble- as long as you show good sportsmanship (not sure that exists in soccer though- cannot believe that one girl stomping on someone else's face!) I mean Bolt is off proclaiming he is the greatest athlete to ever exist, Lolo Jones is tweeting how awesome her legs look in photos, I'm thinking a certain level of arrogance just exists in elite sports. You have to have pride in your performance to make it to the top. But you also need to be polite and shake your opponents hand.

berthesghost
08-10-2012, 02:57 PM
Can the USA adopt Bolt? I find his unfiltered arrogance hysterical. Reminiscent of a young Cassius clay.

Tesla
08-10-2012, 02:58 PM
What I find interesting is that the American women's soccer team is derided for wearing T-shirts proclaiming their greatness and yet a Jamaican male sprinter's proclamation that he is a living legend is lauded.

jeffisjeff
08-10-2012, 03:01 PM
Can the USA adopt Bolt? I find his unfiltered arrogance hysterical. Reminiscent of a young Cassius clay.

That is what Tom Hammond (I think) said last night at the end of NBC's coverage.


What I find interesting is that the American women's soccer team is derided for wearing T-shirts proclaiming their greatness and yet a Jamaican male sprinter's proclamation that he is a living legend is lauded.

But then he also said that Ashton Eaton is the world's best athlete. Bolt annoyed me in 2008 (celebrating before even crossing the line) but somehow I find him :rofl: now. His showboating is genuinely funny and he does seem respectful of other athletes. I did read that he is in a feud with Carl Lewis - what is that all about?

berthesghost
08-10-2012, 03:07 PM
^ doping. Lewis is pro drug testing. Bolt is pissed the legend is raining on his parade. Blah blah blah

marbri
08-10-2012, 03:31 PM
^ doping. Lewis is pro drug testing. Bolt is pissed the legend is raining on his parade. Blah blah blah

Same Lewis??
http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2003/apr/24/athletics.duncanmackay

Alixana
08-10-2012, 03:40 PM
^ doping. Lewis is pro drug testing. Bolt is pissed the legend is raining on his parade. Blah blah blah

Lewis is FOR drug testing now?? I guess it doesn't matter since he's no longer competing. ;) :slinkaway