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The Soccer Thread (Version 9)

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Webster, Jul 18, 2018.

  1. Neutral Corner

    Neutral Corner Well-Known Member

    At some point they have to understand that this is the equivalent of Mike Tyson boxing Neil Patrick Harris. Once you're up by six or so and it is apparent that the game is a mismatch, they need to go into "Act like you got into the end zone before" mode. Yeah, sure, if you don't want to get scored on play defense - but scoring on Thailand is no big accomplishment.

    I understand that's hard. It's the World Cup, and for many of these players simply being on the pitch and playing is a dream come true. They're excited, and celebrating their goal or a friend's. Still, if you don't want to get hated on, you need to find a way to not show up the other team so badly. The keeper for Thailand probably needs therapy.

    It's a choice. The team is going to be judged by how this sort of situation is handled from this point forward.
  2. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    You beat me to it. I'm totally good with them getting a considerable raise. But he headline calling them a "national treasure" and deserving of "a bounty" is a little much for me.

    And yes -- I would imagine Nike committed $120 to USA soccer in 1997 because of the men's game. The MLS had just started up and 1996 U.S. men's team wasn't bad. There was obvious room for growth, and Nike was investing in that. Not rocket science.
  3. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    I think it's fair to say Nike invested equally in both in 1997.

    I do not think it's fair to suggest Nike presaged something that was two years away.

    The reality is USWNT is going to be better than almost every other team in the world whether Nike sponsors it or not...for the next 20 years. It's gonna change over time though. The USWNT can only get so much better. Once more of the world fully catches up...it'll be harder.
  4. Webster

    Webster Well-Known Member

    When the USWNT go deep in the tournament, their ratings are really good. But no other women's games do well, they have no qualifying campaign to speak of and they really only play 2 tournaments which matter (one of which is already covered by the NBC Olympics rights).
  5. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    See also: The choreographed hugathons in the circle after EVERY OUT in high school girls softball. So, yeah, it could have been worse. They could have been singing.
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  6. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    A national treasure? I follow sports and I'm pretty sure the only woman I can name on the team is Alex Morgan.
  7. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    If I had been paid by the song and strikeout from my softball coverage days, I'd have been rolling to the games in a Mercedes.
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  8. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    A possible solution has been offered here and in the media before. Once the margin gets to five goals, the three-sub rule is waived and teams can substitute as often as they want. Gives more players a cap, gives some subs 20-30 minutes of high-level experience, and eliminates embarrassments like yesterday.

    This game made me think of another classic mismatch, the Bournemouth Gynecologists vs the Watford Long John Silver Impersonators.
  9. ChrisLong

    ChrisLong Well-Known Member

    Up to, during and after the game at the Rose Bowl, the writer from my former paper called them The Girls of Summer in every reference. Gag.
    I think exmediahack's son's team could have beaten Thailand. Going bonkers over this game and this score is insanity.
  10. Cosmo

    Cosmo Well-Known Member

    You leave my 'Orns out of this.
  11. justgladtobehere

    justgladtobehere Well-Known Member

    No they're not. They are a shitty product turning people off from the sport. It's not the Dream Team because there was a completely different dynamic with the change from amateurs and the interest in the sport's professional leagues.
  12. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Did Angola have a pro league? I want to congratulate you on missing the point of my post by oh, about 13 miles.
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