U.S. beats 1 - 0 Brazil for soccer gold

U.S. beats 1 - 0 Brazil for soccer gold

There are 15 comments on the sportsillustrated.cnn.com story from Aug 21, 2008, titled U.S. beats 1 - 0 Brazil for soccer gold. In it, sportsillustrated.cnn.com reports that:

The victory was the first in a major tournament for coach Pia Sundhage and gave the Americans their third gold medal since women's soccer was added in 1996. The United States' only loss was in the 2000 final to Norway.

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#2 Aug 21, 2008
Congrats girls. Great game Brazil!
Beth

Virginia Beach, VA

#4 Aug 22, 2008
Does Marta bother anyone?

Yes, she's a great player with quick feet and amazing technicality, but when she made that run into the 18 in the second half and the ball got cleared after a squabble, she just sat in the 18 for a good 10 seconds while the US went down the field. I mean, talk about bad sportsmanship. Get up and help your teammates instead of pouting.

I hate how emotional the Brazilians and other Euro teams play. Good job USA, I'm SO glad they won.
Ms Cruyff

Waxhaw, NC

#5 Aug 22, 2008
What is it with the "Celebrate victory by stripping off your shirt and showing your bra" thing? Brandi Chastain did it once. That's more than enough. Coaches need to tell their athletes that this is inappropriate.

So much for female role models.

Keep your shirts on, ladies.
Beth

Virginia Beach, VA

#6 Aug 22, 2008
Ms Cruyff wrote:
What is it with the "Celebrate victory by stripping off your shirt and showing your bra" thing? Brandi Chastain did it once. That's more than enough. Coaches need to tell their athletes that this is inappropriate.
So much for female role models.
Keep your shirts on, ladies.
Then keep your kids away from beaches or girl magazines since bathing suits are MUCH more inappropriate than a sports bra.

At least it's not a push up bra!

People need to get over that. It wasn't a big deal and isn't going to turn young girls into strippers, I promise.
Ms Cruyff

Waxhaw, NC

#7 Aug 22, 2008
Beth wrote:
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Then keep your kids away from beaches or girl magazines since bathing suits are MUCH more inappropriate than a sports bra.
At least it's not a push up bra!
People need to get over that. It wasn't a big deal and isn't going to turn young girls into strippers, I promise.
Bad play. You're saying that there are worse things, so this isn't so bad. What you're not saying is that stripping to a sports bra is good. When did we stop seeking the good? When did it become fashionable to watch Jerry Springer and proclaim, "I must be OK, because I'm certainly better than those people on his show?"

We should measure our behavior by the higher marks, not the low ones. These athletes should be role models of decency, and what they did isn't appropriate to do with the eyes of the world upon you. Do it in the locker room, or in private. But when the world is watching, know how to carry yourself. Don't degrade before others the esteem that should be yours.
Johnson

Pleasanton, CA

#8 Aug 22, 2008
What's wrong with being emotional? That's how the Brazilians are. I respect them for that.
The Brazilians played better than the US. Too bad they lost to a undeserved winner.
Go Brazil. Go.
Beth wrote:
Does Marta bother anyone?
Yes, she's a great player with quick feet and amazing technicality, but when she made that run into the 18 in the second half and the ball got cleared after a squabble, she just sat in the 18 for a good 10 seconds while the US went down the field. I mean, talk about bad sportsmanship. Get up and help your teammates instead of pouting.
I hate how emotional the Brazilians and other Euro teams play. Good job USA, I'm SO glad they won.
Johnson

Pleasanton, CA

#9 Aug 22, 2008
That stupid girl just wanted to show off her tattoos.
Disgusting.

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Ms Cruyff wrote:
What is it with the "Celebrate victory by stripping off your shirt and showing your bra" thing? Brandi Chastain did it once. That's more than enough. Coaches need to tell their athletes that this is inappropriate.
So much for female role models.
Keep your shirts on, ladies.
Beth

Virginia Beach, VA

#10 Aug 22, 2008
Johnson wrote:
What's wrong with being emotional? That's how the Brazilians are. I respect them for that.
The Brazilians played better than the US. Too bad they lost to a undeserved winner.
Go Brazil. Go.
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As a soccer player, you leave your emotions on the side line. When you lose the ball, you get up and do everything you can to get it back. You don't sit in the 18 and mope. They're a talented team, but the biggest prima donnas in soccer come from Brazil. Their dives in the game were evident.

Brazil may have played better (not sure if I agree entirely), but in the end, they couldn't finish. The US did, and it was a spectacular one. The US deserved their win, AND they didn't have Wambach.
Gabe

Randolph, MA

#11 Aug 22, 2008
I see guys taking off their shirts in soccer matches all the time. Women wear sports bras, not lingerie. I see women working out in their sports bras at the gym, I don't see the problem.

I might like to add I'm glad Hope Solo played like she did. Everyone wanted to see her fail for telling the truth, especially because everything she said most people feel anyways.
Ms Cruyff

Waxhaw, NC

#12 Aug 22, 2008
Gabe wrote:
I see guys taking off their shirts in soccer matches all the time....
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Uhmmm. It's kind of awkward to ask, but do you see a difference, I mean, anatomically speaking?
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Gabe wrote:
I see women working out in their sports bras at the gym, I don't see the problem.
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And that's part of the problem.
Johnson

Pleasanton, CA

#13 Aug 22, 2008
What is the bid deal about losing Wambach?
The US team just showed that they don't need her to win games.
Having Wambach in the team may limit their game play.
Beth wrote:
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As a soccer player, you leave your emotions on the side line. When you lose the ball, you get up and do everything you can to get it back. You don't sit in the 18 and mope. They're a talented team, but the biggest prima donnas in soccer come from Brazil. Their dives in the game were evident.
Brazil may have played better (not sure if I agree entirely), but in the end, they couldn't finish. The US did, and it was a spectacular one. The US deserved their win, AND they didn't have Wambach.
Johnson

Pleasanton, CA

#14 Aug 22, 2008
i don't see why American people want to see Hope Solo fail because she is the best goalie US ever produced.... much better than Scurry at least.
Gabe wrote:
I see guys taking off their shirts in soccer matches all the time. Women wear sports bras, not lingerie. I see women working out in their sports bras at the gym, I don't see the problem.
I might like to add I'm glad Hope Solo played like she did. Everyone wanted to see her fail for telling the truth, especially because everything she said most people feel anyways.
The Name is FOOTBALL

Flagler Beach, FL

#15 Aug 22, 2008
Beth wrote:
I hate how emotional the Brazilians and other Euro teams play. Good job USA, I'm SO glad they won.
Maybe is because they REALLY love football, not just play it but are REAL fans, root for a club and watch it on the tv since they were toddlers, unlike Americans who don't have the passion in their blood. Yes, I guess is bad to be emotional about the biggest sport on earth.
Ms Cruyff

Waxhaw, NC

#16 Aug 22, 2008
The Name is FOOTBALL wrote:
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Maybe is because they REALLY love football, not just play it but are REAL fans, root for a club and watch it on the tv since they were toddlers, unlike Americans who don't have the passion in their blood. Yes, I guess is bad to be emotional about the biggest sport on earth.
There's a difference between passion and lunacy. Soccer has never gone over in the US for two reasons. One is the length and pace of the game. But that's not the big problem because soccer (futbol) is a great game, and Americans can learn to love it too. Our kids play it by the millions. The real problem is the cheating and whining, and unmanly play (at least for our culture) that's rife in the professional game. Americans get tired of seeing good players get cut down by dirty players. They get tired of the diva behavior that spends all game trying to draw a foul, and whining when one isn't called. It makes some of the best athletes in the world come off as sissies. That's why we love our women's team and hate divas like the Brazilians, even though the Brazilians are more talented. The problem is that a lot of the world prefers the Brazilian attitude, and it's a major turnoff to the American culture.

We don't even like dirty and diva behavior in our own sports. How many people hate Terrell Owens, or hated Bill Lambier, or Dennis Rodman, or Barry Bonds. And when you see a team populated with that attitude it's a major turnoff. And America is big enough that it doesn't have to give a darn about whether the rest of the world likes it or not.

Our fans tailgate for fun. But a lot of European teams think of hooligans as their best fans. Americans have a problem with that. Just my thoughts.
Gabe

Randolph, MA

#17 Aug 24, 2008
Ms Cruyff wrote:
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Uhmmm. It's kind of awkward to ask, but do you see a difference, I mean, anatomically speaking?
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And that's part of the problem.
Yes women have breasts that are covered by unattractive sports bras. Are you upset that women have the right to vote, can have a job and have equal rights as well? Maybe they shouldn't be allowed to play soccer since it's not ladylike.

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