Jul 22, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT
This was a week of Steve Williams feeling betrayed (Elin: ‘Welcome to the club’). A week of sheer, frilly Dennis Rodman undergarments. But most of all it was a week when Hope Solo and the U.S. soccer team did an odd victory lap. Odd, because they didn’t win the Women’s World Cup — only come in second to Japan. But that didn’t prevent America from embracing them. Especially adored is Hope Solo, America’s Goalie. And here Slate asks the musical question, could Solo make it in the MLS?
The short answer is no—Hope Solo won’t be moving to MLS. The even shorter answer might be dead silence, since I couldn’t get anyone connected to Major League Soccer or U.S. Soccer to broach the subject, likely due to fear that they’d sound patronizing or chauvinistic.
One person who would talk on the record is Tony DiCicco, who coached the World Cup-winning 1999 U.S. women’s national team. DiCicco knows better than anyone how talented women soccer players can be, but he’s still realistic about the imposing physical differences between women and men. “How do you think Diana Taurasi would do if she was in the NBA?” he says, deflating David Stern’s assertion that a woman will soon play at pro basketball’s highest level. “Over one or two games, Hope could be great,” he continues. “But in the long run, the bigger, stronger players would win out.”
Slate goes on to say that the best shot for Solo to keep playing is with the creation of a women’s pro league. That would be cool — if just to be able to watch the game without all the flopping. But if I know this country, and I think I do, we’ll see a Lingerie Soccer League before we see a women’s MLS. Or we could just go all-in like in Croatia, and start signing Playboy models.
But there were other stories this week. Let’s look:
- A story to warm the cockles of your heart. And as Boris Krishenko said, there’s nothing like hot cockles.
- That was good. More hot cockles, please.
- Handicapped parking scofflaw Andrew Bynum still on the loose.
- Lance Armstrong and the Chamber of Secrets.
- Giant saltwater crocodile is just misunderstood.
- Tahoe Celebrity Golf bikini girls love Jimmer Fredette.
The fun and frivolity continues this weekend with Ben Chew, who will be doing posts from poolside while sipping tropical drinks. On Monday or Tuesday, Ryan Vogelsong stops by to talk with us about baseball and stuff. So you’ve got that going for you. Gunga-lagunga.
- So long folks, it’s time for me to take off 18
- Man wins full marathon while pushing his daughter in a baby stroller (video) 14
- Lock and load, it’s youth baseball fundraising time: league raffling off AR-15 rifle (video) 8
- Sim Bhullar is a large basketball player, and I mean it. Anybody want a peanut? 0
- What’s with kids and all these death-defying stunts? 674
- Nothing to see here…just a 70-yard field goal by a high-schooler (video) 3
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