Yes, I have an opinion..and so should you.
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@Melchett - I support Hope Solo and I agree with her view that as an athlete when a team doesn't come at you, when they clearly could have, it can feel like they are cowardly in not doing so. It is a feeling she expressed and I have no problem with her expressing her true feelings. I understand that not everyone agrees that she should express her feelings in a truthful manner and should make nice because that's what female athletes are supposed to do. I would much rather be represented by someone who isn't afraid to say it like she feels than someone who makes up lies to cover up their juvenile stupidity. I will agree to disagree on this with you. Have a day.
@melchett - I didn't say she should get a pass, but I'm not disappointed in her passion or her way of expressing herself. She said US was courageous and the antonym is cowardly, so I think in her analogy it works. Coward is one of those words that triggers strong emotions, so I'm not surprised people have a problem with it. What I did say is that I strongly don't agree with your characterization that she's an "infant" or "toddler-esque". She's a grown woman who speaks her mind and if that offends some people's sensibilities, then it just does. I'm answering this after her announced suspension and termination of her US Soccer contract, so I guess you win. Male athletes are not expected to "play nice" the same way female athletes are and this is just a reaffirmation of that. Finally, I have no problem being represented by an athlete that puts it all out there, truthfully and unapologetically. Life is often not pretty, but I always appreciate when it's real.
@Melchett - I said Ronaldo got much less flak, no one seriously called for him to quit the game..or worse. I also didn't argue tactics. Bunkering is an accepted tactic but it doesn't stop a player from feeling they didn't have a chance to actually play the game, much like a home run hitter would feel disappointed when they are intentionally walked, without a chance to actually play the game. Athletes of all kinds have made comments immediately after a game that aren't pretty, and the media seeks them out hoping they'll catch them in one. Solo says it like she feels and I won't fault her for that. Like I said she walked back her choice of words later, but you refuse to acknowledge that apparently.
@happyfew - you already didn't like Solo, so I'm not surprised you agree. To say she's a horrible person, who I assume you only know through media, is quite the judgement. I only know you through your comment, so I'll reserve judgement.
Solo said what she felt and if most people who have played a sport are honest with themselves they've felt the same way. If your opponent refuses to play in a way that you know they are capable of and refuses to give you a chance to play the game as intended, then you feel hard done by..and in the aftermath of losing to that opponent, in the immediate aftermath - on a global stage, you might just say how you feel. She did walk it back in a later statement, but no one seems to want to acknowledge that. Of course parking the bus is a tactic, but one that almost every opponent hates, so seeing Solo say what many of us have felt was refreshing and vindicating for many of us less accomplished sportswomen. Ronaldo said the same thing using different verbiage and got much less flak because you know, men are supposed to be competitive..women, not so much.
At the hospital we have a culture of "trusted colleagues" and it works because we work together and know each other. I don't work with or know any of the people on the task force or on council making it very hard to just "trust them" to do the right thing, especially when it doesn't seem that what I think is the right thing and what they think is the right thing are so far apart. When will this town accept the fact that perception matters?
If the above article has even a smidgen of truth to it about the mayor's statements, that is all you need to know about why Memorial needs to get out from under the city government. The third task force in 2 years and still no decisions. The citizens and Memorial deserve better than this.
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