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How’s This for Skills?

To oversimplify it, it was dismissive in tone to a group of athletes who have succeeded so consistently and dominantly on the largest world stage provided to them for several decades in a row.

USWNT4 by Jamie Smed is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

How’s This for Skills?


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What a year we had yesterday, huh?

The world is officially in panic mode. Between Serie A being shut down, the NCAA announcing that both conference tournaments and their March Madness tournament would go fan-less from here on out, and some foolishness by Rudy Gobert that led to the suspension of the NBA season, that’s not even all that’s happened on the rollercoaster that is the sports world the last few days. Don’t even get me started on Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.

Now, you may have heard about these ladies I’m about to talk about. Not just from me, although I do love to, and have, talk a lot about them here, but from the rest of the world too. They did this major thing last summer. It’s called winning the World Cup.

It’s not exactly a secret that U.S. Soccer hasn’t done right by the USWNT over the last 30+ years, but boy oh boy did they just step into a big steaming pile of shit on Tuesday, when they released documents regarding their “legal” findings in regards to the recent lawsuit by members of the team that are suing for back payment.

LEGAL FINDINGS MY ASS!

There’s nothing “legal” about the language that was used in these findings. To oversimplify it, it was dismissive in tone to a group of athletes who have succeeded so consistently and dominantly on the largest world stage provided to them for several decades in a row. It was as condescending as a group of alpha males in a bar when a female dares to say she knows things about sports and they decide to challenge her to a quiz of idiotic obscure stats that just prove that they are so insecure that someone, let alone a GIRL, might show them up and threaten their already fragile ego. Or rather, the equivalent of a boy’s mom telling him that he has to let his little sister play a game with him and his friends because it’s the nice thing to do. Except for the fact that when he does she crushes them all at it. It’s essentially the SpongeBob meme of sports.

While I could continue with analogies such as these, I won’t, because I am getting far too worked up to continue forming logical thoughts. So, like a good team player I will allow others to help explain the absolute ridiculousness of this whole situation via the form of the world’s favorite cesspool…Twitter.

Enter, Players….

After all this foolishness came to light both current and former USWNT players took to the internet during the SheBelieves Cup finale last night between the USA and Japan. And what a glorious scroll through my timeline it was. Here are just a few of my favorite highlights…

And finally some words from the Queen herself….

Last but not least came the subtle, yet effective protest from the players themselves before the game, when they turned their warmup jerseys inside out to conceal the US Soccer Crest. But don’t worry y’all, their 4 stars were still showing.

Brb…it’s payday and I need to go grab one of these while I still can. You might want to, too.

Apology not accepted.

An actor by degree, sports lover by day, and a bartender by night. As a native of suburban Detroit it took moving to NYC for Katie to fully realize her love of all things Michigan and Detroit sports. Feel free to engage her in her love of the coolest city and prettiest state in the country and why she will always root for Ohio State to lose every sporting event ever. No, really I am dead serious about that last statement.

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