It's not often that a women's sport takes center stage in the news (unless it includes sparkly spandex leotards and a pair of ice-skates or uneven bars). Every four years, however, the entire world watches as women duke it out on the soccer field. It's our moment to shine. Nike has even jumped on the advertising bandwagon by proclaiming that the US women's soccer team is "The Greatest Team You've Never Heard Of." (By the way, thanks a lot Nike. Way to really insult sports fans who actually watch ESPN. We knew who they were long before you decided to tell us.)
The US Women's Soccer Team has given us some great Women's World Cup moments, included but not limited to championships and shirt tossing. Unfortunately, the reputations of both America and women suffered a heavy blow this week when United States goalkeeper, Hope Solo, insulted both the decision of her coach to sit her and also the play of Brianna Scurry, the teammate who replaced her. ESPN reports Solo as saying, "It was the wrong decision, and I think anybody that knows anything about the game knows that. There's no doubt in my mind I would have made those saves." Thank you, Hope. It's our time to show men what great sports we are and how we, too, have class, and you go and screw it up by behaving like one of the villains in a teenage chick flick. You basically made the world think American women are nothing but spoiled, selfish, little brats. Star Wars fans everywhere and I agree that you do not deserve the right to bear the last name of Solo.
ESPN also reports that the US soccer team coach and the captains decided to bench Ms. Solo--not just to bench her, but also to ban her from the game against Norway, thus showing the world that we Americans find that behavior unacceptable. I would like to offer my thanks to them for preserving American female dignity.
As for Hope Solo, I found a verse in Proverbs she might want to read. Proverbs 11:22 Like a gold ring in a pig's snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.
(Yes, I know. This is a slightly bitter blog for me, but I despise women who make the rest of us look bad.)
Tags: World Cup, soccer, ESPN, Nike, Women's World Cup, Hope Solo, Brianna Scurry