Thursday, September 20, 2007

Liveblogging the 2007 Women's World Cup



I'm enjoying the New Zealand-China match in the 2007 Women's World Cup, which is showing on Galavision right now. The Women's World Cup is being held in China this year (it was supposed to be held in China in 2003 but was rescheduled due to the SARS outbreak). Both teams are very good, and the players on the New Zealand team are hot.

Speaking of which, check out the amazing 21-year old Brazilian player Marta, who was named FIFA's 2006 Player of the Year, and who has become a fan favorite during this World Cup.

Long live soccer!

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ron, you sound just like Sepp Blatter: http://football.guardian.co.uk/News_Story/0,1563,1124460,00.html

Octopus Grigori said...

Hi Anon: I had considered what I was saying before I mentioned in the post that some of the players on the New Zealand team was "hot". I realized that this might be taken the wrong way, but I thought this was an okay thing to say for the following reasons:

a) I think it's a good thing to appreciate physically fit individuals excelling at their chosen sport. I think it's a good thing to encourage ideals of beauty that don't involve coked-up, starved women at Fashion Week or in the pages of Vogue. It seems to me the height of hypocrisy to ogle starved, anorexic women on TV, in film, and in magazines, but to object to finding athletic, strong women attractive when they are playing and excelling at a sport;

b) It seems to me that many people appreciate the skill and the attractiveness of players in other sports (Rafa Nadal in tennis, David Wright in baseball, etc.). Isn't it a sign of equality when women find excellent men athletes attractive and vice versa? (Kournikova is the monkey wrench here, because she wasn't that good, and was better at shooting pin-up poses than at returning backhands. But the teams and players in the Women's World Cup are the world's best, and that's cool (and perhaps attractive)), and

c) I think the women players are attractive wearing the uniforms they want, and playing the way they want. The hotpants suggestion is straight out idiotic. That said, it seems to me that men and women athletes both are conscious of their images when they are on the field of play (you think Carmelo Anthony or David Wright don't care how they look out there and on the Jumbotron?). And it's too easy to point to the sartorial choices of Venus, Serena, Sharapova, et al. What's wrong with looking good while you're winning? That shouldn't be the focus, I don't think, but players and athletes seem to care about this (whether it be corn rows for NBA players, or some delicately applied make-up for NCAA women's bball players). All that said, I don't really care if players try to look good for their matches.

Finally, please consider as a background to this discussion the reflexive, juvenile reaction to athletic, strong women offered by Imus.

Octopus Grigori said...

Also, in rereading my post, I can see that the segue suggests that I am recommending checking out Marta because she is "hot" -- that was not my intention. I provided the link to the YouTube clip of Marta highlights to showcase her amazing skills, speed, etc. She's actually not that attractive, I don't think, but she's a f*cking amazing soccer player.

Anonymous said...

You are correct. I am sorry. You do sound more like Imus than Blatter.

dn

Kris said...

Anonymous commenting is lame.

Octopus Grigori said...

DN: Huh? I don't get it.

Octopus Grigori said...

BTW, I don't think anonymous commenting is necessariy lame. I feel differently about taking refuge in cryptic, unsupported comments, though.

chanchow said...

ever the biting comment from dn

Anonymous said...

Sometimes witty is just bitchy.

Kris said...

I guess I wasn't clear on dn's comments.

Octopus Grigori said...

Kris: Just to be clear, my comment about "taking refuge in cryptic, unsupported comments" was also directed at the notorious DN -- and not at you.

You are a force for good and light, unlike the sinister DN.

Kris said...

Thanks OG. If I ever publish or need to write a bio of myself, I may quote you on that "force for good and light" part. I like that.