Monday, July 11, 2011

Not A Done Deal...

Oh, you thought I was going to talk about the debt negotiations, or perhaps the NFL lockout?  No, I am referring to the dramatic victory for the US Women's National Soccer Team against Brazil yesterday.  Left for dead after allowing a goal early on in overtime, they got a goal in stoppage time to force a tie and then went on to win in penalty kicks.  It was chill-inducing and thrilling, to be sure.  Now for the but....

Call me a party-pooper, but please, PLEASE let's not overreact to this.  Great victory, sure.  But it absolutely means nothing unless they win the whole thing. Yes, I do remember the Brandi Chastain moment from twelve years ago, but that was in the championship game, not a quarterfinal match.  If they lose on Wednesday against...*shudder* France, then this will all be forgotten, unless people try to whitewash history and make it seem like a championship match.  Don't think it won't be done - most people assume the 'Miracle On Ice' victory against the Soviet Union at Lake Placid in 1980 was the Gold Medal game; it wasn't - it was one of the semi-finals.  That hockey team had to win one more game to get Gold.  This soccer teams needs to win two more games to be world champions.  Let's not forget that.  

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming. 

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