Just a brief, seemingly off-topic post.
I seldom go entirely off-topic on this blog, but today I felt the overwhelming need to share a positive overall post.
If you are a frequent visitor here you are aware of my love of soccer; reminders here and here. And if you've been listening to even some half descent news show you may also be aware that the Women's World Cup, held in Canada, ended yesterday with an incredible overall triumph for the US Team.
Of course I hold a bias towards the US Team. That final game truly was one for the record books. I wanted to take today and salute these women on an excellent performance throughout and especially on their final match vs. Japan. Here's to you Ladies!
On the surface it may seem odd to some readers here, or even some people who think they know me, that I am saluting the Women's World Cup athletes here on this blog.
Well, it shouldn't.
It shouldn't in the least.
As much as I find the need to handle certain young ladies in my own firm ways, preach about certain attitude adjustments that should be made to certain individuals; none of that correlates to me in looking down on women. Quite the opposite. Actually I share the factual belief that women don't get enough respect in general, especially on the playing fields.
I could easily go into the examples as so clearly demonstrated by the controversies around FIFA in general or the Women's World Cup specifically, or this World Cup's issues in particular; but I won't. Neither will I detract by my wandering thoughts on the England vs Canada or the England vs Japan matches (I'll leave those dirty thoughts for another time. Be sure to come back for those more overall on blog-topic posts later).
Nothing else today. Today I give credit to all these amazing international athletes who competed in all the rounds as they are a gift to watch. A gift to watch their skill and athleticism, witnessing their challenges and their triumphs. It has truly been inspiring.
Today, I will leave you all with the following picture. The US Women's Soccer Team has made their country and their families proud. And it all makes me smile.
Well played and well deserved.
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