On Sunday it seemed EVERYONE was watching the Women’s World Cup finale. My Twitter was blowing up. The ratings eventually showed a HUGE share. Japan won in a shoot out and then all the tweets and comments changed. “Be proud of the ladies.” “At least we got there.” “Can’t win em all.” What type of half assed thinking is this???
Team USA choked. They blew it. They didn’t show up. Any of the previous three statements describes what happened. Team USA was ranked number one in the world. They hadn’t lost to Japan in the previous twenty-five meetings. It WAS David versus Goliath. For some reason Team USA wasn’t mentally prepared to win. Maybe they thought since Brazil was eliminated they could just coast through their game with Japan, not break a sweat, and negotiate their endorsement deals on the plane.
There is a lesson here in this national embarrassment. Never take your competition lightly. If you think anything BUT your best effort is acceptable then one day you will meet someone will less talent and they will emerge victorious. Look no further than what happened to Team USA to support that!
I will give you this… at least one of the two goals scored by Japan to tie the game (the first one to be precises) was a blown clear. The ball should have been kicked out of play by our defenders. It wasn’t and a goal was scored. I am not sure I agree that they did not play well. In fact, I believe the girls played more aggressive in this game than in any other. They just had a lot of off shots at the goal.
In the end, I am still proud of this team and all they have done. Everyone has a bad day, Sunday was a bad day for the US Woman’s World Cup Team.
What is it that they say in American Football… ANY GIVEN SUNDAY…