EppsNet Archive: Soccer

Women’s World Cup: USA 5, Japan 2

5 Jul 2015 /

I turned on the TV just as the announcer was shouting “2-0, USA!” so I thought they must be showing highlights of the game against Germany. It’s only 4:06 p.m., the match probably hasn’t even started yet.

Then I sent a text to my kid, “This will teach me to tune in to soccer games on time.” I sent a second text saying I thought when the announcer yelled “2-0, USA!” they must be showing Germany highlights.

Then I sent a third text, “My god in the time it took me to type that they scored two more goals.”


Women’s World Cup: Why the US Will Beat Germany

30 Jun 2015 /

A recurring theme in world history is the United States dick-slapping Germany: World War I, World War II, “Tear down this wall!” … maybe that’s not the most appropriate metaphor for a women’s soccer match but we’ve been winners all our lives.

U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!


Mo’ne Davis: Female Athlete of the Year?

31 Dec 2014 /

Little League World Series star Mo’ne Davis made a big impression on the sports landscape in 2014—enough to garner Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year honors.

Mo'ne Davis

I can’t decide if this is demeaning only to female athletes or to women in general.

Reality check: Mo’ne Davis pitched two games for the Pennsylvania team in the 2014 Little League World Series — a 4-0 win and an 8-1 loss. Her team was knocked out in a semifinal game by the Nevada team, which went on to lose the final game to Illinois.

Would the AP ever select a little league baseball player (or other 13-year-old boy) as Male Athlete of the Year? Would the AP ever select a Male Athlete of the Year who has not distinguished himself among his peers and has zero notable accomplishments? Pitching and winning a Little League World Series game is not in itself a notable accomplishment. None of the boys who did it got any votes for 2014 AP Male Athlete of the Year.

The 2014 AP Male Athlete of the Year is, like Mo’ne Davis, a baseball pitcher: Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants. What did he do that was so special? Well, he was the MVP of both the NLCS and the World Series, in which he was 2-0 with a save, a 0.43 ERA, 17 strikeouts and one walk in 21 innings, which serves to emphasize what a joke the Female Athlete of the Year award is.

Clayton Kershaw finished second in the voting, followed by Derek Jeter, Rory McIlroy, Peyton Manning, Tim Howard, Lionel Messi, Tim Duncan, Aaron Rodgers, Novak Djokovic, Richard Sherman, Tom Brady, Thomas Mueller, Sidney Crosby, Marcus Mariota and LeBron James, all of whom distinguished themselves without qualification among the best athletes in their respective sports.

There’s no one in that list who is exceptional only under special pleading, e.g., he’s not a great soccer player but for a guy with one leg, he’s tremendous!

Sure, there are lots of better baseball players than Mo’ne Davis but she’s pretty good for a girl so let’s give her a big-time award.


World Cup Semis: Germany 7, Brazil 1

8 Jul 2014 /


Infographic of Soccer Players, Fish and Gunshot Victims

26 Jun 2014 /

Infographic idea: A multivariate analysis of who spends more time flopping around: soccer players, fish on a boat deck or people who’ve just been shot.


Shocking News About Soccer

29 May 2013 /

Robbie Rogers, on in the 77th minute, makes American sports history as the first openly gay male athlete in a major U.S. sport.

Deadspin

This came as shocking news to me . . . not the gay aspect, but the fact that someone considers soccer a major U.S. sport . . .

Robbie Rogers


Soccer Takes Over Sproul

16 Oct 2011 /

Abby Wambach Goal vs Brazil Called By Gus Johnson

11 Jul 2011 /

EppsNet at the Movies: Bend it Like Beckham

12 Jul 2010 /
Bend it Like Beckham

In keeping with the World Cup theme, we rented Bend it Like Beckham last weekend.

My wife liked it a lot. I liked it too, although I thought the subplot with the soccer coach was baloney.

My favorite song, “Nessun Dorma,” is featured in a key scene.

Two thumbs up!


Twitter: 2010-06-27

27 Jun 2010 /
Twitter
  • Did You Know? Benny Feilhaber attended Northwood High School in Irvine! #

Twitter: 2010-06-26

26 Jun 2010 /
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World Cup Fan

15 Jun 2010 /

Ready for the football.

Originally uploaded by GIORGINOFOREVER!


Twitter: 2009-07-26

26 Jul 2009 /

Hockey Moms vs. Soccer Moms

10 Oct 2008 /


Soccer Moms Accused of Breaking Into Several Homes

Hockey moms are pit bulls with lipstick. Soccer moms are cat burglars . . .


Soccer Balls

17 Jun 2002 /

Testicle cancer rates for World Cup nations ranked
Like they say, here’s one that won’t show up in the box score . . .