CanWNT Bitterness Still Lingers

September 15, 2012

I can’t believe this is still going on. Watch the video. The comments about the USWNT stop at the 2:10 mark. My thoughts are below.

From what I can tell, this is from Wednesday’s edition of Canada’s TSN network show “Off the Record” with Michael Landsberg. The Canadian Women’s National Team members on the show are Melissa “Head Stamp” Tancredi, Christine Sinclair, Erin McLeod and Robin Gayle.

There are so many things wrong with this video.

For anyone, especially a male announcer in front of a group of elite female athletes to publicly call another set of elite female athletes “bitchy” is hugely insulting.

To Erin McLeod, the USWNT is not arrogant. They are confident. That’s what happens when you’re the world’s best team over and over again. And here’s a little tip. The USWNT’s confidence, their resolute desire to win is what makes them the best. The CanWNT could learn from that.

Last summer in the World Cup quarterfinal, the USWNT faced a Brazilian team that was willing to dive and repeatedly feign injury to win. The referee did BRAZIL a lot of favors in that game, not the USWNT, as she gave Brazil not only a penalty, but a retake on the penalty when the first one was saved. It was the spirit of the USWNT that brought the team back in that game. They overcame the bad decisions when no one would have blamed them if they threw in the towel. At least Christine Sinclair didn’t bite when the host tried to lure her into agreeing the referee “conspired” to give the Canada – U.S. game to the U.S.

For McLeod to call the USWNT classless is just not true. Has a team ever handled a loss as classy as the USWNT team when they heartbreakingly lost the World Cup title to Japan in 2011? How gracious were the USWNT players? How many kind things did they say in the media about the Japanese players, the Japanese team and the nation of Japan? How many USWNT players went up and hugged the Japanese players after the game?

To make fun of Melissa Tancredi’s head stamp on Carli Lloyd by referring to Lloyd as “flathead” ignores the fact that what took place on the field was nothing less than an assault. You’d go to jail for doing that on the street. And CanWNT fans can whine all they want about the six-second call. The fact is, if the referee sees that head stamp, Tancredi is off. At that point in the game the score was 1-1 in the 55th minute. If the USWNT plays a ten-man Canada for the last 35 minutes, that game ends up 4-1 to the U.S. – end of story. I think the fact that the U.S. came back to win the game – and yes, we did come back to WIN the game (the controversial call made the game 3-3) – was karma, plain and simple.

Lastly, if you watch the full interview, not just the first 2:10, the Canadian players on the show were actually quite endearing. The first clip of the show is also nice, I put the link below. If any CanWNT fans out there reading this think this article is Canada bashing, you are mistaken. Myself, and a lot of other USWNT fans, have a HUGE respect for Sinclair and the Canadian women have always been worthy opponents.

John D. Halloran

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2 Responses to CanWNT Bitterness Still Lingers

  1. andrew on September 16, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    you are the epitome of the biased american idiot.

    • John D. Halloran on September 16, 2012 at 7:06 pm

      I’m guessing you’re another Canadian who wants to ignore the Tancredi head stamp and focus on the 6-second call.

      I think it was the American desire to win that won us that game, not the ref. If that game was called without mistakes, the U.S. beats a ten-player Canada handily.

      Thanks for reading.

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