First of all, can I just say that these women are WARRIORS?!
Eric and I started watching the Women’s World Cup really late in the series. In fact, we’ve only seen the US play Brazil and France – but we were instantly hooked! I am ashamed to admit that I’ve never followed the WWC, although I’ve seen every men’s World Cup since 1994. It’s not that I don’t like women’s soccer, it’s just that I … never paid attention, I guess. Now I know what I was missing!
These games are seriously intense, athletic, compelling, and beautiful to watch! Eric even made the comment last night that they don’t play as dirty as the men. There just isn’t as much ticky-tack (faking injuries) as there is with the men. Which means less pathetic acting and more playing! As to why there is such a difference between the sexes: I don’t think it’s because these girls are all sugar and spice … they are definitely competitive … but rather they have had to work harder to be taken seriously. What do you think?
Another great thing about these girls: you can really tell they are having fun out there and soaking up the experience. They are all amazing, but obviously the two that have really caught my attention are Hope Solo and Abby Wambach. Hope is so focused and confident; and Abby is just fierce (and 31, just sayin’). I also love her because she has a passion for Africa. I just found out a Rwandan friend of mine met her when she toured the country in 2006. How crazy is that?
I can’t WAIT for Sunday’s final game against Japan! 🙂
… In completely unrelated news, I ate half of a watermelon yesterday. Yep, half of an entire watermelon. In one sitting. No big deal, right? My approach to food is that, as long as I focus on nutrition as a whole, everything else will sort itself out. Well … on a whim I went ahead and looked up how many calories are in a watermelon and saw this:
Okay, I know fruit has a lot of sugar in it, but what the hell? I didn’t mean to eat that much, but I was still pretty shocked that my “healthy” snack ended up being 675 calories. And then I got over it. Eh, what are you going to do?
Finally, I will leave you with my diet philosophy in picture form: