me: one time, i guess i was nine, or maybe ten, i scored the only goal in our soccer…championship…of some sort. i don’t remember exactly, but i won the championship for our team! trophy and everything.
b: um, i once almost won a game of capture the flag! i ran and got the flag, and then i was ALMOST at our line but then i realized that the other flag had been taken like 30 seconds earlier.
me: well, that’s not so bad!
b: yeah. that was like two years ago.
SO over this drama
b and i are dying. alex is dying by remote.
sophie would just like the yelling to stop, and possibly a belly rub.
just having some feelings
— ooh ian darke i love it when you get all fancy
Officials with North Korea’s women’s soccer team claimed that some of its players failed doping tests at the FIFA Women’s World Cup because they had used traditional medicine derived from musk deer glands to treat injuries they suffered after being struck by lightning.
this concept, the idea that a loss can be somehow unfair because the losers played “better” than the winners, is one of the stupidest in soccer. a losing team can be unlucky, a losing team can suffer from poor refereeing, a losing team can play with skill and flair and still see all of their shots hit the bar or sweep wide. but do you know what you have to do to be, objectively, the “better team”? score more goals.
my condescension is fully warranted, i assure you.
france had the lion’s share of possession against the usa, their passing was more accurate, their midfield more engaged. but their defense let in three goals, and their attackers couldn’t compensate. lopsided possession doesn’t always indicated lopsided ability! the usa has progressed through this tournament without dominating possession, because in the end they score more goals.
i realize that the “beauty vs. results” debate is never going to end (because it’s fun!), but until we start deciding matches on panache everyone is going to have to accept that a visually pleasing style is not inherently more deserving of a win than a stout athletic style.
“I mean, if they shit the bed by not closing this deal, they’ll at best be the answer to a trivia question for the rest of their lives, if not a punch line.” Soccer fans in Japan, whose national team upset Sweden 3-1 to advance to the final, agreed, saying that if the Japanese women throw away the greatest underdog story of the past hundred years, they might as well not come home.