Can’t sports fans just enjoy and celebrate excellence? The reaction to the USA’s Women’s team’s
FIFA World Cup record setting 13-0 romp over Thailand in the team’s Group F debut included a
number of critics who felt our American ladies did too much scoring and way too much celebrating.
The United States National team, ranked #1 in the World played in the final game of the first
round in France having to wait four days for its debut. They were more then ready. The 13 goals
were the most ever scored in a FIFA World Cup –women or men. It was the largest goal differential.
The team scored the four fastest goals ever – in a six-minute span. Alex Morgan tied a World Cup record
scoring five goals and three other American gals each had two. The first time that’s ever happened.
Anyone who knows and appreciates the sport of soccer knows how hard it is to score goals so
why not celebrate.
I remember Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer’s response after his Sooners
“Hung Half a Hundred” or more on a hapless opponent. Barry pointed out if they don’t want us to score
that much Stop Us. Get better. That’s your job not ours”.