You can’t argue with that.

17 July 2011

I don’t mind saying that I spent the last 50 minutes of tonight’s Women’s World Cup final pacing in front of the telly in my hotel room. That was a ripping game — and even though I was rooting for the US (after all, I plan to marry Abby Wambach as soon as she’ll have me), I gotta hand it to Japan, who played clean and tight and fierce, and they kicked ass during the PKs. A great finale to an amazing tournament. Now, off to plan my wedding.


11 Responses to “You can’t argue with that.”

  1. JustMeMike Says:

    While I wasn’t pacing in front of my TV, I was glued to the tv. What drama and what an emotional game. While it was disappointing that the USA team did not win, the win by the Japanese team had a certain luster, an elegance to it that was satisfying on an elemental level.

    The two most amazing feats of the game were Wambaugh’s header on the corner kick by Rapinoe. The way it was described – The Japanese defenders paid so much attention to her, and yet she still found a way. It was phenomenal given the timing (in extra-time).

    As the time wound down, Homare Sawa was able to pull another amazing rabbit out of a hat to record her fifth goal of this Cup tournament. Even more amazing when you think that she’s played soccer on a world stage – Olympics and World Cups, as well as a professional for 16 years.

    She was possibly the oldest player on the field but I’m really not sure of that. But I am sure that she did have the longest hair of anyone playing.

    Thanks Didion – It was quite likely that I would not have watched this game at all had I not read your post about the world cup from a few days before. I am so glad I did watch it. I won’t forget it.


    • Didion Says:

      Amazing! and even more impressive that the Japanese must’ve been on average about 3″ shorter than the US team; I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the notion that normal-sized human beings can be such stellar athletes. And you’re so right about Sawa — total class in every respect. It sounds pathetic to write this on the page, but I’m of an age that I’m starting to root for all those players they call “old,” like the 33-yr-old Sawa or the US’s 36-yr-old Christie Rampone.

      I’m sorry it’s going to be another 4 years before I get to enjoy this again — and 3 years before the men’s world cup — but in the meantime, hello Boston Breakers!

  2. Spanish Prof Says:

    I wish women soccer was institutionalized in Argentina. For great national female teams, I’m stucked with field hockey, and I find it really boring. I love soccer, though, as I’ve demonstrated in some of my own post.

    • Didion Says:

      It makes no sense that the Argentinian team is so lame — in the land of Maradona and Messi? I don’t even want to speculate on what’s going on gender-wise that Argentina didn’t even qualify this year. But they’ve never been much good — can’t remember the last time they went anywhere in the WWC. SO frustrating.

      • Spanish Prof Says:

        When I was in elementary school (25 years ago), I tried to organize a protest so that women could play soccer as part of the phsysical education class. I went to a private, progressive elementary school. I was nicely shut down, so I sucked it up and played field hockey. I was awful at it, but that’s what nice middle class girl play as a female sport. I guess it’s no surprise that we have one of the best teams in the world regarding that.

        Re men soccer: I really don’t know. Sometimes it’s bad luck, sometimes it’s an awful coach. I really liked Pekerman as a coach (where have you seen a Jew coaching a major soccer team?) but he got fired after we lost in 2006. And there are no real good coaches in the horizon. I think we are lucky next World Cup is played in Brazil, so Brazil won’t be a part of the classifiers. Otherwise, it would be a tough path to the next World Cup.

      • Didion Says:

        Sorry, I meant that the women’s team from Argentina always seems to get stopped at the earliest stages. The men’s team is a killer and a total pleasure to watch — and how could they not be, with la mano de Dios and all! But the women’s team seems to get stopped either in the earliest phases of the tournament or even before they begin.

        What I’d like to say is that perhaps after this WWC, women’s teams everywhere will be inspired. That’s the optimist in me.

  3. Spanish Prof Says:

    Actually, the men team is pretty lame as of late. But regarding women team in Argentina, I do think it is related to the way women are socialized and education in Argentina. As I said, the sport women are expected to play is field soccer, and there are almost no women soccer teams. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Argentina has “Las Leonas”, its fabulous field hockey team.

  4. Z Says:

    Totally OT: I have a filmmaker I am sure you already know, although I didn’t: Claire Denis. And a film: Vendredi Soir, although there are others. You will like her and it.

  5. Z Says:

    Yes, but my post isn’t up yet (it has to come up on a Friday, of course) and the Netflix disc wouldn’t play the extra material. I was so interested I actually wanted to play it, so I asked Facebook what was wrong with it. The answer I got was that it might be on a second disc, and Netflix only sends you the main disc. This, if true, means I might have to get the whole film. I’d be willing to own it.

    I had only seen Chocolat I think, and I missed everything else.

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