Hope Solo Has Headed Too Many Balls
Hope Solo says female players should be allowed to play for men’s teams and believes soccer will go on to become the most popular sport in the United States.
First, does Hope really think women can compete well athletically with men? Really?! I’d ask her to consider this not-all-that-ancient Sports Illustrated article on the Tennessee women’s basketball team (from its true glory era), Guys and Vols, the crux of which is this:
What [Vol coach Pat] Summitt feels she gains by having her team practice against [non-intercollegiate] males is obvious: athleticism. “It’s a simple fact that guys, on the whole, are quicker, faster and stronger,” says Summitt. “What guys do is cover space, make the court seem a lot smaller.” If the court looks small in practice, it follows that it looks bigger, more inviting, during games.
And Hope, if women can play on men’s teams, men can play on women’s teams, right? Fair is fair, after all, or is this only a one-way proposition?
Finally, soccer may have relatively high participation, but once kids grow up, they tend to pursue other things. Like watching the NFL. In the United States, the NFL is popular; soccer, not so much.
There are a number of locales I might channel surf to while on commercial from an NFL or SEC game, but flipping over to watch soccer is not one of them.
As with many things, definitions matter. As Bill Clinton might have said, It depends on what the meaning of popular is.