You shouldn't believe everything you read, honey.
I think it's painfully obvious that the writer of this rubbish likes to over-exaggerate in order to create kontroversy.
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.
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.....
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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 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 . Sour grapes can be ugly, particularly when people refuse to get over it.
"Me, cutie/chicken, the egg cup, I am the hammer of my spoon!"--Jen_Faith translation
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.
Can the USA adopt Bolt? I find his unfiltered arrogance hysterical. Reminiscent of a young Cassius clay.
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.
^ doping. Lewis is pro drug testing. Bolt is pissed the legend is raining on his parade. Blah blah blah
Tessa and Scott: Thank you
They must have since changed the three year rule because just today some American Cyclist was stripped of his 2004 Athens gold medal for admitting a year ago on 60 minutes he was doped to his eyeballs
Tessa and Scott: Thank you
I hate this kind kind of play, and hope to see it disappear from the game. But I don't blame the teams in this case, as I didn't see a lot of players doing it. These are the actions of only a couple of players who should be disciplined.
OTOH, I love Japan's technical style of play. They have a really beautiful way of moving the ball around and are creative in finding space. I really enjoy watching them and I hope the game moves in this direction.
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