That’s Bob Bradley as the bride, Bruce Arena as the groom. The article to accompany this comes from my friend Dan Levy, now at the Bleacher Report, as he previews tonight’s USA-Costa Rica friendly clash.
i guess i’ll read the article but there’s no way it lives up to this picture
eta: article has been read, time has been wasted. basic premise: the us soccer audience is a dude and the us team/us coach are ladies that keep not being good enough for the audience, who again is a dude.
“To see all these dudes super psyched for the women’s World Cup victory… Let this be the thing that puts to rest the idea that dudes don’t like women’s sports.” - Rachel Maddow
this totally backs up my thoughts re: bandwagoner backlash
it’s clear from this segment that rachel maddow knows barely anything about soccer. it’s also clear that she loved this moment just as much as someone who’s followed the uswnt for years! SO WHO CARES WHETHER EVERYONE KNOWS ALL OF THE INTRICACIES OF THE GAME- everyone can recognize an amazing victory when they see it. and as i said a few days ago: we are ALL bandwagoners at some point! that’s what happens when you live in a country where soccer is the 5th sport, ok. very few people are RAISED on a team, and if you are it doesn’t make your fandom more pure than anyone else’s.
so can we all quit acting like new fans are encroaching on our territory? ‘caring about a team’ isn’t a finite resource. no one is taking anything away from you.
According to a study published in Research in Sports Medicine, woman football (soccer) players are about half as likely to fake an injury as male players. The researchers used a representative sample of match-videos, counted injuries, and noted whether the player left the field for a substantial period or had visible blood, and counted those as definite injuries, then ranked the remaining injuries by their plausibility.
Rosenbaum’s research indicates that apparent injury incidents for women are much less frequent than for men, however, occurring at a rate of 5.74 per match as compared to 11.26 per men’s match. The proportion of apparent injuries that were classified as “definite” was nearly twice as high for women, 13.7 percent, as compared to 7.2 percent for men.
— oh, just renewing my love affair with dan hopper
NOW THEY’LL HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION TO SOCCER! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
and yet again i realize what a terrible fan i am.
the us loses? i am upset for about 30 seconds.
real madrid wins the copa del rey? maybe a minute of heartbreak.
there is the possibility that i am simply capable of maintaining perspective?
which sounds better than “i am a terrible fan”