By: MarQ Piocos, News Editor
I don’t usually do team sports, but for this story I will make an exception.
On “Real Sports with Bryant Gumble” this week, the final words of Gumble come with mixed feelings to female sports fans.
As much as the U.S. is proud of it’s Women’s National Soccer Team’s performance at the Women’s World Cup (the tweets for the WWC this past weekend beat out the Royal Wedding and the announcement of Osama Bin Laden’s death); Gumble had his own opinions about how the nation reacted.
“Can we stop coddling women in sports? Are we now so fearful of being labeled sexist that we can’t objectively assess the efforts of female athletes?” Gumbel said in a closing commentary. Those are both valid questions that have come to the fore in the wake of the patronizing reactions that have followed the USA’s loss to Japan in the Women’s World Cup soccer final.”
“Bryant believed the U.S. team failed to cash in on a wealth of early scoring chances, twice blew late leads with sloppy mistakes, and then got badly outplayed in penalty kicks.”
“Had a men’s team turned in a similar performance, papers and pundits nationwide would have had a field day assailing the players, criticizing the coach, and demanding widespread changes to a men’s national team that flat out choked. Yet the common reaction to this ladies’ loss were simply expressions of empathy for the defeat of the unfortunate darlings and pride in their oh-so-heroic effort.”
Now I do agree that women should be treated as equals to men when it comes to sports; I feel that Gumble didn’t get the situation wasn’t about them being women.
Any tough battle or loss should bring some national pride. As much as Gumble wants us to criticize the players and coaches; and blast the team as losers; supporting a second place team like the Women’s National Soccer Team should be a trend. Yeah, they could have done this, or did that; but give a team a break. Hindsight is 20/20 and the best we can do as fans and media is support the team in the time of need. They did their best, didn’t slack off, and fought a close match.
This week should be a shining example of how we as fans and the media should treat second place athletes when they return home. No riots. No criticism. Just pride that they have done all they could do to win.