In the wake of Solo's apology and self-imposed three-game suspension, it's a shame that Ryan never accepted responsibility for the chaos (on the field and off) that his decision caused. Nor should anyone continue buying into the notion of the U.S. women's national team as some sort of idyllic oasis free of the sports world's typical big egos and Machiavellian locker-room lawyers.
That was never the case anyway, not when even the team's legends (Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain, Julie Foudy) maneuvered behind the scenes to oust former coach April Heinrichs.
And you know what? That doesn't make them bad people. It just makes them normal, flesh-and-blood human beings. Those players aren't deserving legends because of some I'll have two fillings marketing campaign. They're deserving legends because of their remarkable winning achievements on the field.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Nimbler Tongues than Mine
Yeah, what Grant Wahl said (scroll to the bottom).