Wednesday, July 10, 2019

I Feel Sorry for the Women's Soccer Team

Probably not the way you think.

I feel sorry for them because they come across as horrible whiners.  The kind of people I don't want to be around.  Nothing is ever good enough for them.

They've just won what should be the ultimate victory of their careers (and I gather some of them did it four years ago, too).  They're the world champions, having gone through the tournament without a loss.  They should feel on top of the world.  They should be sky high with happiness; perpetual giddiness for days.

Instead, all we hear out of them is about victimhood; about how they earn less than the men and it's unfair.  In the case of apparent team spokesperson Megan Rapinoe, we hear how much she projects hate onto President Trump.  Their parade in NYFC seemed to be about grievances and not joy.

It has been widely reported that the pool of money for men's soccer is much bigger than the pool of money for women's, but as percentage of that pool, the women get a much larger percentage. 
According to Mike Oznian, a writer for Forbes, the 2015 Women's World Cup “brought in almost $73 million, of which the players got 13%. The 2010 men's World Cup in South Africa made almost $4 billion, of which 9% went to the players.”
The women got 13% of the pool, while the men got 9%; that is, the women got 44% more than the men.  Because the men's pool was over 50 times bigger than the women's pool, the men's smaller percentage turned into a bigger number of dollars.

I don't follow soccer - men's or women's.  Much like I don't care what any male athlete earns, I don't care what any of them earn.  The root cause of the disparity in the money between the sexes is that the men's sports are more entertaining, because the men play a more dynamic game.  Even Serena Williams, one of the greatest women's tennis players of the last 20 years, said the men's game is better.
Despite having won 23 Grand Slam titles, Williams, in a 2013 appearance on “Late Night With David Letterman,” said, “For me, men’s’ tennis and women’s’ tennis are completely, almost, two separate sports. If I was to play Andy Murray (then one of the best players in the world), I would lose 6-0, 6-0 in five to six minutes, maybe 10 minutes.”
(To be honest, I always thought that with her musculature, Serena could play Free Safety in the NFL.  Except for almost certainly not having a clue how to play football.)

If they're trying to woo everyone in the country to support knee-jerk legislation ideas like Chuckie Schumer came up with to pander to them, count me out.  What the women need is for a generation of kids growing up now to become paying fans of women's soccer.  Attracting more ticket sales is the only answer.  Nobody playing today will benefit from that. 


  1. I'm going to right a long-time wrong:
    As I would never, in twenty lifetimes, give anything to men's soccer, including (f**ks), I will henceforth give four times as much nothing to or about witch's soccer, including both $$$ and f**ks.
    But if I ever did give a $#*^, the whiny witches of women's soccer would be the first set of ingrate unpatriotic selfish shrews I'd give one to.

    They are the biggest bunch of nobodies and zeroes since the US men's '68 Olympic track team.

  2. Since soccer is essentially a European ball game, I think Americans and Canadians have been slow on the uptake. Can't compete with football, ice hockey or baseball in the people's eyes.

    But, soccer is the one game on public display that no-one has to spend a whole lot of money on uniforms, equipment or protective gear.

    My mother always used to say: "Why on earth do they need gloves to play a ball game?"

    As for the exuberance of the US soccer team, I would say they need a few lessons in humility and a reality check of their "invincibility". Treading on someone who is already down, sorry, that's not the way to go. No class whatsoever.

  3. The "Battle of the Sexes", 1973. Billy Jean King (29) faced Bobby Riggs (55) on the tennis court. Riggs had retired from professional play 22 years before, in 1951.

    King won the prize of $100,000. Riggs was paid $300,000 to lose. He earned another $50,000 for just showing up.

  4. 2017 - A Dallas area under-15 boys team beat the US national women's soccer team 5-2.

    2016 - An Australian junior boys team beat the Australian women's Olympic team 7-0.

  5. When I was a wee lad and in sports, our coaches hammered sportsmanship into us. The worst thing they could say to us was that we were acting "Bush League".

    In all sorts of ways, the US Women's Soccer Team has acted Bush League. From celebrating goals when they were up by double figures, to dancing on the flag after their victory, to whining about pay, to an expletive-filled rejection of a hypothetical invitation to the White House.

    If this is the sort of Low Lifes "representing" this country then count me out.

    1. "Bush league". I see what you did there.

  6. Audio - Ann Coulter Comments on Jeffrey Epstein Indictment

  7. Soccer? (foootballl) Isn't that the game Europeans watch in order to wind down from a hard day of watching paint dry?