Tag Archives: Soccer

Sports: Mia Hamm

High school champion, NCAA champion, Olympics champion, World Cup champion, professional champion. Mia Hamm - Champion. Uploaded by businessweek.com.

As Americans revel in our improbable and wildly dramatic Women’s World Cup victory over Brazil this week, lots of us remembered back to the last time women’s soccer captured the national imagination. Mia Hamm led that American squad in capturing the World Cup, capped by a dramatic shootout win over China before 90,000 crazy fans in the Rose Bowl.

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Mia Hamm was always an individual soccer phenomenon. She led her high school team to the state championship. At UNC, she took the Tar Heels to four NCAA championships. She was the youngest American woman ever to win a World Cup at the age of 19 on the 1991 squad. She led the 1996 and 2004 women’s teams to gold medals in the Olympics. And her Washington Freedom team won a professional championship in 2003.

Now Hamm is the mother of twins (she married baseball star Nomar Garciaparra) and manages the Mia Hamm Foundation for patients with aplastic anemia, and their families. Her adoptive brother, Garrett, died of the disease. Did she lead women’s soccer to the promised land some predicted following that 1999 World Cup? No. But her athletic career and personal achievements have made all Americans proud.

Sports: College Football

Tyrod Taylor of Virginia Tech eludes Georgia Tech defenders. Uploaded by i.cdn.turner.com

Tyrod Taylor of Virginia Tech eludes Georgia Tech defenders. Uploaded by i.cdn.turner.com

Football has clearly become America’s favorite sport. The only question is which do you prefer, the NFL or the college game?

For me, college football rules. Oh, I love pro football, too. But here’s why the colleges do it better. 1. Rivalries. There are a few pro rivalries, but almost every college has that one opponent that they just can’t stand – and a win in that game makes the season. 2. Marching bands. 3. The cheerleaders are good looking girls, not out-of-work pole dancers. 4. Bowl games. 5. The entire season is a playoff, every regular season game matters.

Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow of Florida. Uploaded by 1800-sports.com.

Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow of Florida. Uploaded by 1800-sports.com.

Oh, and there’s more. 6. The weekly polls that make everyone crazy. 7. The ESPN hype machine. 8. The Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe, the Red River Rivalry, The Backyard Brawl, and the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. 9. And every team has at least a few actual “student athletes” on the team. Well, except in the SEC.

10. Notre Dame’s “Victory March.” 11. Michigan’s “The Victors.” 12. Georgia Tech’s “Ramblin Wreck from Georgia Tech.” 13. Navy’s “Anchor’s Away.” 14. “On, Wisconsin.” 15. And, of course, the granddaddy of them all, “Hokie, Hokie, Hokie, Hi.”

(By the way. Brazil, Britain, Italy – you play soccer. That manly sport where you hold your hands over the jewels in a penalty kick. Try that in REAL football, and you’d be laughed out of the stadium. And we don’t think deadly riots are much fun, either.)

Today’s video: The most amazing play in college football history, on my birthday in 1982, the California Bears defeated the Stanford Marching Band on the last play of the game.