Yes, [Hope] is unapologetic. Yes, she is abrasive. Yes, she is — as ESPN described her — “fiercely individualistic and aggressively outspoken.” Yet she is not afraid to speak her mind, she is not afraid to stand up for herself, she is not afraid to strive to be the best.
Is that not what we want in a role model for our children?
I still don’t get why people think Hope has to be someone else to be acceptable. She really hasn’t done anything wrong in her career. Nothing that should get people into a froth. If people wanted to “clean up” athletes they’d have a looooong list of popular male ones they’d need to get to before Hope would ever be on anyone’s radar. People like punishing women though. And because we don’t have any who are truly bad Hope is the poster girl for… eh… having a valid opinion occasionally? Trying to make a living just like many other athletes do without comment? I get so uncomfortable when the men-folk or the Association of Uptight Aunts think something needs to be done with her. Hands off! She’s perfect as she is. Do not turn her into Stepford!Hope.
I want Alex to sign overseas and enjoy her young career the same way her competition is. She’s too young to be doing that silliness when she has other forwards challenging her for her spot on the team. Do you think Press will be wasting her time like that? Nope. She’ll be getting better and better and Morgan needs to keep that in mind. Hope is well into her career and was taking time off because of her shoulder when her chance came. I don’t see it as something an athlete that young would want to do. Gymnasts don’t count since their careers are really short.
Also? Heeeell no. I wouldn’t watch it. Hope was literally the only person who could get me to do that and I was a stressed wreck throughout. I don’t know how to do things casually. I made a zillion email accounts. Lost sleep. The works. Nothing good came of it and I can’t unknow what I now know.
I think it's safe to assume that if Hope hadn't said what she said in 2007 the media would adore her for being who she is. Instead, she's been branded as the trouble maker on the team and now the media over reacts to every little thing that she does or says. Case and point, that idiot interviewer from ESPN and the people from the intro to the interview.
It is hard for me to even picture an alt-universe like that. Just as odd as picturing Hope as our star forward. Ok, I do that sometimes. It’s glorious.
For a moment I thought during the ‘11 WC things had finally turned the corner with her media reputation, but unfortunately they are lazy bastards who noticed they could get easy money by beating a dead horse instead of updating their file on her. She wrote a whole book on her life and they don’t seem to have even read it. I’ll call them out on it every chance I get, and it’s nice to see at least the general public are reading her book. As for removing 2007 and the media monster from history goes? I’m not sure I’d want it done. She’d be a different person and I think she’s just fine the way she is.
do you think pia is gonna leave the uswnt and go over to coach for sweden ?
I think there is a greater chance for her to go to Sweden than to stay here, but I would very much welcome her staying.
Cons: Sweden is in great need and she’s been away from home a long time. I doubt her very reasonable (IMO) demands will be met here. She might be up for a new challenge.
Pros: She has unfinished business with the World Cup and she still has the best chance for that goal with this team. She hasn’t finished implementing her plan for a possession style game here. She has invested in the young players and wants to see it through another cycle. Our team is charmed. Why break the spell early? She can’t wait for another World Cup with Hope Solo. :D
Football has returned, as if it ever really went away. In this week’s pod, Michael and Roger welcome the return of the English Premier League like an old friend. A friend that always makes you pay for drinks, sleeps with your wife, and reverses its Hummer over your dog. But still, somehow,…
Pinoe talks about Hope and her book along with a bunch of other stuff. She said she was half way through reading it and explains that Hope is extremely private* so she’s really putting herself out there with this book. And that yes, goalkeepers all are really crazy with strong personalities and have to be to put themselves in front of balls like that. It’s an all around great interview with Pinoe and some blokes who know soccer.
*That all might be why Hope keeps saying “read the book” to a lot of questions she gets. It’s hard to articulate. Every other time I’ve seen her try in the past she gets a bit choked up. Now she can just say read the damn book.
Don't you find it funny how articles are saying that Maks's tweets about liars and hypocrites and opportunists is about Hope? And he hasn't directly said that he never slapped her before.
He can’t. He’ll beat around the bush for sympathy, but she has the legal documents to back up her words. If his fans/media make too much noise those papers could be released to clear the air and lawyers will be involved. They aren’t thinking big picture. What DWTS fans don’t seem to realize (beyond everything else they don’t realize…list is lengthening on their ignorance) is that her agent is one of the biggest in sports and the publisher is huge too. They know the situation well and the paperwork is in order. ABC knows the situation too. Even the eyeball test lets you know something was going on there.
I’m just glad she is away from that show. I tried to enjoy it but my heart kept going back to him slinging her around, hitting her bad shoulder, and her body language after that. That has been in the back of my mind so I’m glad what I was irked about finally makes sense.
“On her mother: “She struggled, abusing alcohol for quite some time, and so we just kind of drifted apart. I went to college. But I dedicate the book to her because she is the true champion of the family. She kept our family together. She provided us with a roof over our head. She always worked. My father was never around. But I glorified my father, and I was always daddy’s little girl. He was my first soccer coach. And I always just had a dream to spend more time with my father. But at the end of the day, my mom was the one who kept me in soccer, who kept me, you know, doing my homework, who provided me with meals on a daily basis. You know, she was the strength of our family, and I didn’t realize that until I got a little bit older.”—I wondered more than once why the Olympics didn’t do a thing on moms/parents for the soccer team like track and swimming and gymnastics got.
So to be honest, I was a little outside the fence to read this book. Mainly because of the excerpts I have been reading so far. It kind of made me feel awkward just reading something Hope wrote against about her team mates. Team mates that from what…
I think the main lesson learned is how this current team makes it work rather than the dysfunction of the old team toward those who don’t quite fit the cookie cutter mold.
Hope said she has learned she has to work on relationships in order to get the best out of people on the field. In doing so I think she’s come to love this team a lot. As an introvert, group dynamics are extremely hard to get but she’s been reaching out more than ever. Like Abby pretty much told her in ‘08: She needed to show more of her heart to people. Abby is very extroverted, but I think she realized they weren’t so different underneath it all.
On the flip side, this team has reached out to her more than any other team to make her feel included and has done the hard work it takes to crack that introvert shell of hers. I’m not sure if it is because of the specific players we have this year, shared struggle in ‘11, or if simply a more democratically run team would naturally recognize individual personalities. However it went down I hope this attitude sticks.
so i guess the hope/maks friendship bridge built out of living through the hell that is dwts together has been burned...
I’d go into it here, but I don’t want to spoil. Suffice it to say she didn’t have anyone looking out for her there. Either choice she made would have lead to trouble since they controlled everything. Must have been a surreal experience.
This is all regarding a discussion that took place on ESPN W, a network (supposedly) devoted to women, women athletes and women’s sports. (Link here) Watch the video, and if you were as offended as I was by the commentary, please read on and share your own thoughts.
Bravo. And if I hear one more critic on ESPNw say to any women they need to shut their mouth… I’m not sure I can adequately articulate how offensive that is personally and to the history of women in general. Keep talking Hope. Never stop. Keep being yourself. Every wall you break down is making it easier for the next generation not to have to deal with the crap you’ve had to. Also, ESPNw: Fucking read the book first. I don’t care for your uneducated and predetermined opinions. A “discussion” consisting of three Hope haters isn’t a discussion. Hope Solo doesn’t need to listen to you and you don’t dole out punishment. She can’t hear you over the sound of the cheering and her gold medals.
“[We] have a fan base because we’re hard core. We’re athletes. I mean, you take a player like Abby Wambach, she goes in hard for tackles. She wins air balls that no other player can, men or women. And that’s why people love us. People love us because they see women playing a sport with so much heart, so much passion, and just so much grit that you rarely see in women. It’s not about our looks.”—Hope Solo - Piers Morgan interview
It’s terrific! Surprisingly well written for an athlete bio and while often shocking (the story of the 2007 World Cup wasn’t even on my top five shockers despite it dominating sports press on this book) what really was holding it all together was the strange, triangular relationship of Hope, her father, and soccer. If you want a tell-all about the USWNT there are things told here and there, but the majority of it is a family story in all of it’s often brutal detail but never without moments of happiness that ultimately make up someone’s life.
“I looked over at Heather Mitts, who was sitting across from me, and my eyes welled with
tears as I realized that this was probably my last bus ride with her. She would be retiring, and I
was so happy that she was going to go out on her own terms: healthy, still strong and talented.
She had kept fighting over the years and had made our team, proving a lot of people wrong. I
sent her a text telling her how happy I was for her and how much she had meant to me through the years. I hoped that someday I would be able to retire with as much grace and respect. I
looked over at Heather and saw she had tears running down her face as she read my message.”—
“[Despite] an extremely busy year, Hope is the same Hope she’s always been. Shoot-from-the-hip, honest to a fault and never one to hide her light under a bushel. She’s like a breath of fresh air. It was on the way to Thursday’s gold medal match when she shed some tears “in gratitude to have the chance to fulfill my dream,” she said.”—
When you were younger did you look up to the 99ers?
Being a good Chicago girl I looked up to Michael Jordan growing up. Basketball was the sport I had encyclopedic knowledge about. What I was emotional about. Soccer for me was an every four years sporting event or summer park district sport to keep me busy while I was more interested in TKD and then later volleyball. I watched it all of course, but more of a “support an American team” and “be cool and like a European sport” sort of thing. I enjoyed the 99ers as a sporting event and even attempted to lead a revolution on my volleyball team to wear only sports bras in practice because no one can cover these abs!!! That lasted a half hour but a glorious half hour it was. The only way I knew WUSA started was because of Bend it like Beckham. There wasn’t a team in Chicago! It wasn’t on my radar. I think at its peak I loved the Mia Hamm vs MJ commercial that came out, but that was from the POV of being a MJ fan above all else.
My serious fandom started in 2007 after I was older and fell in love with Hope and the team. And then, well, what happened happened and then 2008 hit and I loved Hope of course but I also liked Carli and Tasha, and winning ain’t bad either. Ironically I still didn’t even know a league had started up after that. I wasn’t locked into the social media side of things until sometime during 2010 so information never got to me. I guess they got locked up cold storage like many probably feel about Olympic athletes on a non-Olympic year.
If I had to lock onto my childhood sports obsessions going back to when I was a wee thing it was MJ, Nancy Kerrigan, Kristi Yamaguchi, The Magnificent Seven, and a little later Beckham. I thought Sun Wen was amazing.
"It was in the 82nd minute of Team USA’s 2-1 triumph over Japan in the gold medal game at Wembley last night, when captain Christie Rampone — the sweeper from Manasquan who is as trustworthy as the World Almanac — made what could have been a terrible blunder. Mana Iwabuchi, a 19-year-old striker, stole the ball from Rampone just inside the 18-yard line, turned it inside to put it on her right foot, and uncorked an open blast from 12 yards away that was ticketed for the upper right corner.
Surely, there must be easier ways to become the only lady with four Olympic medals, eh, Jersey girl?
“I saw my life flashed in front of me,” Rampone said. “I didn’t see her coming — she closed on me and she stripped me.”
No matter: Solo punched to safety — and saved the gold medal.
“It probably wasn’t my best save, but when you look at it — it’s in the final minute of the Olympics. … I guess it’s a big save,” Solo said. “It’s what I’ve trained for. So it’s a little routine.” Routine?
Rampone, with an exhale: “Hope made a tremendous save.” Hope springs eternal, they all agreed.”
“They didn’t want to leave [Wembley]. It was getting close to 11 p.m.—the crowd had thinned down to the photographers and the families, and the U.S. women were still walking around the Wembley field in their navy track suits, gold medals dangling from their necks, bouquets in their hands. They looked like a flock—moving as a single entity, never separating from each other for more than five or six feet. … Wambach wrapped an arm around Solo, so brilliant and game-saving all night. Megan Rapinoe flapped her arms like a bird. The future can wait. A team won today.”—Making memories.
“The idea I’m building up to here, which I would really like to preface by lowering the lights and throwing some sparkly silver dust up around the camera, is that the only way to make sense of the U.S. women’s lunatic run over the last year is with reference to the concept of destiny. Destiny doesn’t (for all I know) exist, but sometimes it seems like it exists, and the moments when it seems like it exists are usually interesting precisely because destiny appears to exist in them. These moments happen rarely in sports, but they do happen often enough that everyone can recognize the contours. Destiny, please note, is not the same thing as “going on a Cinderella streak” or “getting some lucky breaks.” The destiny feeling in sports comes when you have an overwhelming sense of reality being suspended — when things happen that make no sense, but that somehow tend toward a single definite outcome. Plays that look like they defy the laws of physics, crazy late-scoring runs, moments when everything goes giddy.”—Brian Phillips on the USWNT “lunatic run” to get gold.
“Hope Solo, she says a lot on Twitter, I guess. I don’t follow her,” U.S. coach Pia Sundhage said.”—Pia, not giving the media anything because she’s Pia and Pia don’t play that. Goes to show our coach understands twitter more than the stupid media does.