One of the great things about the sports world is that there are moments that transcend the events on the playing field and into social conscience. I was nine years old when the US Olympic hockey team took the gold medal and seemed (at least to my youthful eyes) to unite the country.
Nearly four decades later, we may be a week shy of another such watershed moment – depending on how things go with the United States women’s soccer team at the Women’s World Cup. Behind arguably the best player on the distaff side of the game in 34 year-old winger Megan Rapinoe – the US are heavily favored to take the trophy with only England and the winner between Sweden and the Netherlands in their semifinal left to stop them.
There’s very little middle ground of opinion when it comes to Rapinoe, who’s been criticized as of late for not singing the National Anthem and for being a staunch liberal. Perhaps this is more of a commentary of our times as opposed to ourselves that there’s this sense of overreach when someone playing on a national team doesn’t sing along to the anthem – and I would say as long as she’s not taking that moment to demonstrate, what she does is fine.
As for teams going to the White House or not – if that’s what you care about the most, you’re not living in the real world. Half the country is going to have one opinion, and half is going to have another. I’m a supporter of the President, but there are people who like him and people who don’t – and that’s just the reality of life as long as he’s there.
To use this as a fulcrum to continue to spew political virtue signaling and sentiment – I wish both sides would put a stop to that sort of thing. Some things in life just are what they are.