"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Monday, July 18, 2011

Girls of the Day - U.S.A. Soccer Version (Hope Solo and Alex Morgan)

The Regular Guy and the Regular Son don't like soccer much, and we especially don't like women's sports that much.   The WNBA, for instance, seems to me to be a bit of an affirmative action program for women in sports, getting TV time (but not much TV audience), when a good boys high-school team could likely demolish the best WNBA team (too much size, too much strength, too much speed).  

But we loved watching the women's World Cup this past week, ever since seeing (almost by accident) the thrilling end of the U.S.-Brazil quarterfinal.   It was sad to see the U.S. lose to Japan yesterday in the final, but it was a great game, decided after extra time on penalty kicks, and the U.S. women should be proud of how they played and how far they got. 

So, for our girls of the day, here are Hope Solo, the team's goaltender, and Alex Morgan, a young striker who scored a beautiful goal yesterday to put America ahead 1-0 in the second half.  

Here's Alex Morgan's goal from yesterday:

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