The Lowdown: Ceding my voice to the masses

Dan Lauletta January 31, 2017 85

I have been producing this column in various forms on various platforms for most of the last eight years. The space has always been dedicated to soccer. Sports have always been a two-pronged outlet for me. One is the spectacle of watching elite athletes not only perform, but push themselves to their mental and physical limits–in public–knowing there is a chance to walk away disappointed. The other is how it breaks down cultural divides. I remember going to baseball games as a kid and, while I did not realize it until many years later, the entrance to the stadium represented an invisible barrier that cut down all racial, cultural and economic barriers. On the other side of that barrier, inside the stadium, everyone was bonded by their love for team.

This week feels different. This week it seems as if current events ought to take priority over anything I could discuss about the long NWSL off-season. With that in mind, this week I cede my voice to some prominent personalities around women’s soccer and the rest of the sports world.

Soccer talk will return next week and this space will continue to serve as an outlet for those of us bound by sports, NWSL in particular. It figures to be a big year for the league, and we’ll be here to document and discuss it every step of the way.

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  • Som Termanni

    Meanwhile, in soccer:

    – Caitlin Foord officially signs with Nadeshiko’s Vegalta Sendai, as first suggested by Foord months ago: http://www.onceametro.com/2017/1/31/14452406/caitlin-foord-signs-with-vegalta-sendai-officially-out-of-nwsl-australia-matildas-nadeshiko-league-1

    – Wednesday’s OL-Juvisy match is postponed, delaying Alex Morgan’s next match to Sunday vs. Marseille.

    – Excelle interviews Sam Mewis about what to expect from the Courage in 2017: http://www.excellesports.com/news/sam-mewis-courage/

    – Australia’s women’s league for Aussie-rules football, which has pulled several Australian soccer players, is ramping up for Friday’s opening match day, including the announcement of team captains for each club. http://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/captains-and-leadership-group-members-for-every-aflw-club-for-2017-season/news-story/bc6c2d1eda9ff35d607d0b419d2b1932

    – The UAE is ramping up its inaugural women’s football league season as well, with Dubai based Rossoneri signing internationals from Pakistan. Pakistan’s own leagues and national team are stalled out due to factional political conflicts within its federation. http://dailytimes.com.pk/sports/30-Jan-17/pakistani-female-footballers-sign-with-foreign-club

    – Midfielder Brooke Chaplen escapes Sunderland for Reading in WSL transfer news: http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/38809253. Meanwhile, Kirsty Linnett—a CL veteran at Birmingham—transfers to Notts County to become their star striker: https://www.vavel.com/en/football/womens-football/749069-notts-county-sign-birminghams-kirsty-linett.html

    – The first-ever Indian Women’s League tournament began today: http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/fc-pune-city-alakhpura-fc-win-in-iwl-women-s-football-meet-117013101043_1.html

    • Som Termanni

      Forward Krystyna Freda, who went undrafted by the NWSL in 2015 but won the UWS Golden Boot in 2016 with 15 goals in 11 matches and its Player of the Year award, has signed a 3-month trial with Apollon Limassol. Apollon qualified for this year’s CL but was eliminated by Slavia Praha in the opening knockout round. http://fccopa.com/News.asp?org=FCCOPA.COM#668744

    • Som Termanni

      The University of Utah names former FCKC/Reign FC/LA Sol forward/midfielder Liz Bogus as their new head coach. Bogus, who’s from Provo, had 31 appearances in FCKC’s consecutive ’14 and ’15 title runs before retiring in February 2015. http://www.excellesports.com/news/liz-bogus-assistant-coach-utah/

      • Som Termanni

        Oh there I go again. Assistant, not head coach.

    • Guest

      Formiga and Andonova to PSG.

      PSG now with Formiga, Henry, Vero, Cruz. 3-6-1?

    • Som Termanni

      NWSL is teasing an announcement with A+E Networks, on February 2 at 10 a.m. ET, live via YouTube and Facebook.

      A+E is a Disney-owned group that includes Lifetime, one of the non-sports networks I figured would be a contender for a non-conventional NWSL TV deal.

      https://www.instagram.com/p/BP8Uny7FarY/

      • Som Termanni

        A few ways I can see this playing out:

        – The most obvious: Lifetime is the NWSL’s network for match-day coverage. It wouldn’t be the first time Lifetime’s dipped into sports, having been an early network for the WNBA. At 93M households as of 2016 (about 80% of all households), Lifetime has a broader reach than ESPN (91M), much less FS1(84M). A+E is owned by Hearst/Disney, which means some ABC/ESPN resources could potentially be brought to bear. Lifetime also has networks in Canada (licensed by Corus) and Latin America, specifically Brazil and Venezuela (distributed by HBO and co-licensed by Sony).

        – The more depressing possibility: The deal is for matches on LRW (Lifetime Real Women), a niche US-only network that includes Lifetime reruns and reality programming that doesn’t run any original content. LRW is limited to digital cable and has a reach of only 10M, a fraction of even the smallest US sports network beIN.

        – The online surprise possibility: Lifetime has an unheralded streaming service that’s $4/month and limited to films. It doesn’t livestream anything, but at least part of the billing and distribution mechanism exists for a potential A+E-run streaming portal.

        – The disappointing possibility: The deal isn’t for matches, but rather for documentary programming similar to what NESN did for the Breakers last season.

      • Som Termanni

        “Via league press release, NWSL commissioner Jeff Plush, A+E Networks president/CEO Nancy Dubuc, and USSF president Sunil Gulati will be in attendance.

        Seven players will also be present: Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Stephanie McCaffrey (Chicago Red Stars), Kristie Mewis (Washington Spirit), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), and Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage).”

        http://www.thebentmusket.com/2017/1/31/14459100/nwsl-announce-partnership-broadcast-deal-a-e-networks

  • guest

    The Muslim Ban is a distraction from more nefarious happenings within the current “administration”. Look up Bannon and what his agenda really is.

    • guest

      It’s all quite confusing. Dude has, at different times, described himself as a Leninist, anarchist, Christian Dominionist, and militant atheist. I’m getting “replace the current order with an authoritarian ethno-state” vibez. And to think I almost didn’t get a security clearance for a beer ticket in college… this guy is heading up the NSC.

    • ABCDE

      Agreed that it’s not even the travel ban itself that is most disturbing. It’s the wording of these EO’s and other actions he is taking to usurp the authority of other agencies and branches of government.

    • Vladimir

      His agenda is that he probably stands to profit from some of that sweet, sweet Rosneft $. Icing on the cake that it’s a nominally white Christian “power”.

  • guest2

    First of all, let’s get our facts straight. It’s not a “muslim ban.” What it is is a ban on travelers from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days. These are all known to be unstable, dangerous countries which either harbor terrorists or even promote terrorism, so to the extent that this ban protects Americans from acts of terrorism, I’m grateful for it.

    • guest3

      This is a dumb comment. Ok, terrorism is big and scary and did you take a Psych 101 class in college because if you did you’d know all about the logical fallacies underlying this.

      Let’s do a risk assessment based on data and not feelings.

      A really basic one would be (# of injuries + killed in the US by a certain population) / (total population size ). That gives you a killed/injured # / person. You could also do total individual incidents/total population.

      So…

      How many people have “terrorists” from those countries killed/injured in the US in the past year/few years?

      How many people in the US have been killed or injured by white American citizens who got guns and shot up schools/churches/airports/movie theaters? I’ll wait while you add up the toll from Sandy Hook, Aurora movie theatre shooting, Charleston church shooting, etc.

      How many people were killed or injured by dogs in the US? Google has this one — 40-50 people are killed per year, and another ~5 million are injured.

      Even cursory back of the envelope math will show you that this is a totally irrational fear. Similar to when people are afraid of airplanes despite statistics showing you are far, far more likely to die in a car crash.

      And also look up the Rudy Giuliani clip on Fox where he says Trump asked him to come up with a legal way to ban Muslims….

      • guest2

        “You run a greater risk of being killed by a crazy white man than from terrorists, so why bother doing anything to protect yourself” doesn’t sound very rational to me.

        • guest3

          You’re right, it doesn’t. We should absolutely try to limit the risk from things that can hurt or kill us.

          But the point is, we can’t banish everything that might kill or hurt us. Cause there are a LOT of things that can do that. Like dogs, forks, and falling A/C units (and crazy white men).

          So, you have to choose what to focus your efforts on.

          That’s where a risk assessment comes into play. Statistically, a person in the US is extremely likely to be hurt or killed by someone from these countries. To illustrate this, about 310 people are struck by lightning per year in the US. You are literally more likely to be struck by lightning than killed in a terrorist attack by a person from one of these countries.

          This is a lot of inconvenience and trampling on rights of legal US citizens in order to prevent something with odds on that level.

          To use another example, people every summer get very stirred up about shark attacks. Shark attacks make for interesting news stories and soak up a lot of coverage, and thus you hear a lot about them and they’re very memorable. But the US has about 1 fatal shark attack every 2 years and 19 attacks per year. Banning swimming in the ocean would be absurd given those facts. And money spent on deploying shark nets or an army of shark-monitoring drones would probably be better spent on stopping things that actually kill large numbers of people, like car crashes (35,092 people in 2015), smoking (480,000/year), or mentally ill people legally purchasing/retaining access to guns.

          For more, see “Neglecting Probability”: http://io9.gizmodo.com/5974468/the-most-common-cognitive-biases-that-prevent-you-from-being-rational

          (And this all leaves behind the moral issue of lumping people into a class based on religion or skin color and treating them differently as a result….)

          • rkmid71

            “You are literally more likely to be struck by lightning than killed in a terrorist attack by a person from one of these countries”.

            Re: risk assessment, what do you think the US military, Dept of Homeland Security, CIA, FBI, local police etc, etc. are doing to make sure those odds remain low? People choose to smoke and drive a car. They don’t choose to be randomly killed by terrorists flying planes into buildings, suicide bombings in crowded markets, or even random lone wolves strafing crowded nightclubs, theatres and so on. What we know for sure? They are trying. 9/11 and the last 10-15 years showed that the probabilities are more than they used to be but still lower than most places in the world. Isn’t that at least partly why so many people are trying the take refuge here? I certainly don’t mind some inconvenience. The trampling of rights is another matter where we have to strike a fine balance. I’m not one to support throwing caution to the wind.

      • guest

        no dumber than the #nomuslimban hyperbole

        • guest

          you should learn to expect hyperbole when it comes to megan rapinoe.

      • Arcie Tillydee

        Generally-speaking, a Psych class isn’t going to teach you a whole lot about logical fallacies. That would require Philosophy. 😉

    • Lorehead

      At the very least, wasn’t banning lawful permanent residents and people with valid visas unwise? Even the DHS has now conceded that much.

  • AlexH

    Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Dan for what you did because there was absolutely nowhere in the digital universe that we could have gone to if we wanted to comment on President Trump.

    • guest

      politics is apart of womens’ soccer now thanks to megan rapinoe’s sacrifice.

      • Lorehead

        Politics has always been a part of women’s soccer, especially now that it’s become political just for some people to try to lead normal lives and do things the rest of us take for granted. It was political when Abby Wambach married Sarah Huffman, until it wasn’t. It wasn’t political when Nadia Nadim came here to play soccer and study medicine, until it was.

  • AlexH

    I would love to take this opportunity to raise awareness about a pressing national concern. The lack of speed on our back line. If Jill continues to insist on playing a high line it is imperative that our defenders can rapidly retreat to cover the space behind them when our opponents invariably try to counter attack. I personally am sick of seeing our back 3 get scorched by their front 1. Lets make America’s Defense Great Again!

    • Guest

      Solution: Dunn on the backline. Then more of the plethora of forwards can get on the field as well

      • AlexH

        That is interesting. My only concern is that Dunn seems to be the only player right now that can reliably bury her chances now whereas our other strikers seem to enjoy hitting woodwork when they aren’t putting the ball in the 27th row.

        I wonder if Sam Mewis could do the job? I have come to the conclusion that she is a lot faster than she looks and has a good defenders build….

        • Som Termanni

          IIRC in the last run of friendlies, only Lynn Williams had a worse S/SOG% than Dunn. Both Dunn and Williams seem to be better on the WNT drawing defenders and making passes than taking shots.

          • sam

            too small of a tomato can sample size imo. hoping to see a good rotation of Dunn, Morgan, Press, and presumably Williams at the SBC. I don’t know what to think about Lloyd at this point. She delivers and is one of the only capable headers on the team (probably the best header), but she’s really getting up there in age to rely on her and it’s not like she doesn’t have a history of injuries.

        • Reality

          Final 2016 USWNT Forward Statistics:

          Dunn GP 25 GS 17 1494″
          Lloyd GP 21 GS 20 1644″
          Morgan GP 21 GS 16 1504″
          Press GP 25 GS 9 1122″

          Dunn 14 goals – 106.71″ per goal
          Lloyd 17 goals – 96.71″ per goal
          Morgan 17 goals – 88.47″ per goal
          Press 12 goals – 93.50″ per goal

          • DNG

            I understand your point and made a rebuttal to the “Dunn seems to be the only player right now that can reliably bury her chances” claim. I still think it’s too difficult to make conclusion based on raw numbers though. I’d expect Dunn’s numbers to be lower since she plays primarily outside or at least did this year. Think of how it was more difficult for Press to score when she was starting on the wing. The high variance of the quality of competition also influences what value we should take from them.

          • Reality

            I think that Dunn, like both Lloyd and Morgan, had a significant advantage over Press in starting 17 games to her 9 and having 372 more minutes played. Although Ellis was utilizing Press more this year at forward, Dunn also was getting her time at forward too and both were played outside at times by Ellis. Press was seldom given the opportunity to start or even play against the best teams. Given her production, when she was on the pitch, it is reasonable to suppose that her performance would have equaled or exceeded her colleagues if she had been afforded equal minutes and starts.

          • DNG

            I only remember Dunn playing a few matches at center forward or in a central attacking position. I don’t really think she played there that much but she did score 6 of her 14 goals as a second striker/center forward. I wouldn’t definitely say that Press would have done as well as her teammates although I suspect she would have done fine. Press did get to start against Germany and Japan last year who were 2 of the top 10 teams they played. I just don’t see the point of referencing these stats as evidence of great play. Pointing to her NWSL stats would be a better representation but on the whole I think Press had a down year. I’m okay with that by the way. I still think she should start or at least get more minutes. I still believe she’s easily the most clinical forward on the roster

          • Reality

            It is true that referencing Press’s NWSL stats would be a better representation of her play insofar as she was utilized properly by Dames at Chicago as opposed to Ellis on the NT.

            However, on the NT, despite not getting as much time on the pitch or as many starts or not being used consistently in her natural position at CF, she still became only the fifth player in WNT history to score in double-figures in goals for three consecutive years. That demonstrates real consistency.

            If Ellis used her appropriately, she would obviously do even better.

          • Steglitz49

            In your top table you credit Christen with 9 GS while in your bottom table you have her with 12 goals. What does GS stand for in your vocabulary? Games Started or Goals Scored?

        • DNG

          Did you watch the last friendly? Dunn fluffed 2-3 clear chances. I don’t think Mewis is a defender.

      • guest

        What plethora of other forwards? Dunn was one of the most reliable in terms of hitting the back of the net when necessary this year. Morgan (sometimes), Lloyd and Press (when she is having a good day) can do the same. Still not at all sold on Williams. I think JE made a mistake not calling up a new young forward like Jordan or even Hatch to evaluate for January camp and give them more exposure to the next level.

        • Guest

          This gives her more of an opportunity to evaluate other forwards as well. Morgan, Press, Pugh, Heath, Ohai, Williams, Jordan, Hatch, Doniak etc

  • Sick of the mass hysteria

    Dear Soccer World,
    Close to half the country voted for this man and panic is being incited by the other half who didn’t. To be clear, it’s a 90 day travel ban on countries identified by the last administration including the country that he banned (Iraq). The ban doesn’t even mention the word Muslim. Please quit inundating us soccer fans with this 24/7 news cycle and panic. I just want to follow soccer, not listen to everyone’s constant rants about the current administration. Even if I agree with you, since I don’t know you personally, why do you think I want your opinion? You know no more than my neighbor, my brother, my friend. Also, just because you’re louder, doesn’t mean your right, wrong or in the majority. It just means you are louder. You are alienating half your fan base.
    Please, just stop and let me enjoy soccer.
    Rant over.

    • guest

      Homie. “It doesn’t even mention the word Muslim.” Check out your boy Rudy Giuliani on Fox News. He straight up said Trump asked him to come up with a legal way to ban Muslims.

      More than banning refugees, this prevented **legal US residents from returning home**. Like, we’re talking lived in the US for 10 years, went abroad for a business trip, then abruptly refused re-entry. Like, had to find someone to pick up your dog from doggy day care and water your plants cause you randomly one day got blocked from returning to the place you have lived for 10 years.

      I get being tired of politics and needing a space that is just free of it — it is honestly getting overwhelming and I need a break sometimes too. But this is not politics, or a debate over “facts.” That is what happened. That is what was implemented. And ok you don’t care about refugees (??) but what about legal US residents who were stopped from returning home?

      • Sick of the Mass Hysteria

        Please just stop and let me enjoy soccer. Can we find a politics free zone anywhere now???

        • guest

          I get it. I struggle with the same. I want to fork my Twitter feed into “soccer posts” and “real world insanity” because I really do need a mental break sometimes.

          Just pointing out that this isn’t “politics” as usual – this is about protecting the basic rights (like, to literally return to their homes) of our fellow legal residents. Worth discomforting yourself for, I think.

          If you want a truly current-events-free zone right now, the only answer I’ve come up with for myself is books.

          • mockmook

            “Just pointing out that this isn’t “politics” as usual”

            BS — the “left” labels every GOP president Hitler — it never ends — yet it is the left that wants to control my speech and my freedom

          • Sick of the Mass Hysteria

            It is politics as usual, why do you think the country is divided as such..because it’s political! Close to HALF of the country voted and disagree with these sentiments. Louder does not equate to majority or validity, it simply means louder. Give us a break please.

          • guest

            No way brother. OP here. I was a GWB fan, I nearly voted for McCain until Palin, and believe Romney is a good and decent man (see the Netflix documentary on him — it’s amazing). However, I also believe Obama is a good and decent man.

            I draw the line at stopping legal US residents from returning to their homes because of the country of their birth. That is bullcrap, and I will stand up and say so.

          • Lorehead

            The Left doesn’t do anything; there is no such person. There’s no such person as The Right, either. You don’t want to be lumped in with the most extreme Trump supporters and demonized, do you? You want to be held responsible for your own views, not other people’s. So do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

        • guest

          politics is apart of women’s soccer now due to megan rapinoe’s sacrifice.

    • Actually only about 18% of Americans voted for Trump. The guy could not even get 46% of Americans who actually voted.

    • Lorehead

      Unfortunately, your description of the executive order is not correct.

    • Lorehead

      That travel ban applies to everyone born in those countries, apparently including at least one U.S. citizen, all lawful permanent residents, and all dual citizens of third countries. These are people who have been vetted and followed all the rules. That’s new and unprecedented, and a lot of conservatives and libertarians are up in arms about it, too, including three Republican U.S. senators so far. Think about that.

      It is definitely a Muslim ban: it targets only Muslim-majority countries, then exempts religious minorities, and in practice that doesn’t mean Shia Muslims in Syria or Sunnis in Iraq, but only Christians and Jews. The administration has often admitted that its intent was to ban Muslims, and the only reason for pretend otherwise is as a legal fig leaf. It’s also not just for 90 days and not similar to what Obama did in 2011. Your talking-points are false.

  • It’s okay to take a break for a minute from WoSo coverage to address current events. Thanks for doing it from the viewpoint of athletes that we follow. One of the things I love about women’s sports is that they tend to have more freedom to stand up for what they believe. They have faced inequality every step of the way and embrace diversity better than most. That said, I really ♥ that clip from Kyle Lowry. 😀

    • Steglitz49

      I don’t understand but maybe you can explain, why the geezer from Minnesota, who bought KC, did not move it to Minnesota when the guy who bought WNY moved it to NC?

      Is the Minnesota owner planning a move for 2018?

      • Diane (DeeG)

        1st – Why call the guy a “geezer”?
        2nd- He said he believes in the ability of the current location to grow the fan base. And they are two different guys with two different clubs with two different situations.
        3rd – How in the world would anyone know what the owner plans for 2018?

        • Steglitz49

          #1 — because of the way he was described
          #2 — I thought that the Emir lived in Paris at least for part of the year
          #3 — one hopes the owner knows and may have let slip a word; maybe the owner is planning to move himself to KC

          • Diane (DeeG)

            Who is the Emir? Wait, no. Never mind. I give up.

          • Steglitz49

            He owns PSG. He invested in PSG ladies. He bought Zlatan to PSG.

          • Diane (DeeG)

            I have no idea what the Emir has to do with FCKC, so you lost me there. The new owner of FCKC, Elam Baer, has said he has confidence in the current location to be able to grow the fanbase. The new owner of WNY/NCC always intended to have a team in NC. Even the former owners of WNY said the old location wasn’t going to grow.

          • Steglitz49

            The Emir has nothing to do with KC.

            My point was that absentee landlords don’t work too well in Soccer.

            That the frozen North and boiling in summer, like where WNY played, is not the best place to launch WoSo but various sweeteners might be applied.

            Some of the European ladies club teams do not come from too populous a queery of AWD

  • smallchief

    Hooray for the soccer women! And Equalizer for recognizing them.

  • GT

    Sports when done properly unite us. Politics ALWAYS divide us.

  • mockmook

    Oh Good Lord

    Now more of this crap at the EQ

    IT ISN’T A MUSLIM BAN

    Also:

    OBAMA DID SIMILAR BANS (AND OTHER WORSE THINGS) AND NO ONE SAID A WORD

    You people are ridiculous

    • guest

      Hi mockmook. Where do you live? Any interest in grabbing a drink some time? I have a feeling that we could find common ground in person, though we’re pretty far apart in Internet Comment Land.

      Fwiw, Rudy Giuliani on Fox News said Trump asked him to come up with a legal way to ban Muslims. So, it kind of is.

    • Similar is kind of a stretch. Obama was one country based on a specific threat on just refugees. Trump is seven countries (though it is not technically a Muslim ban, it just happens only to be Muslim countries) that bans all non-American visitors. Oh yeah, and Obama just signed a ban, he still let the refugees in. And no one talked about it because the Obama administration never publicized it while Trump cannot pass up a photo op.

    • GT

      Trump called it a ban, from Muslim countries. And during the campaign Trump said Donald J. Trump will hereby ban all muslims from coming into this country until we figure out what the hell is going on.

    • MrTemecula

      Nothing similiar.

      Trump bans Syrian refugees indefinitely.

      Trump applies a religious test for refugees.

      Trump cuts refugee quota by half and will make it extremely unlikely to even meet that number.

      Obama did nothing similiar to Trump. This is just another lie…on top of a stack of lies uttered since the inaugural.

      • mockmook

        “This is just another lie”

        Yes, please stop.

    • guest2

      “OBAMA DID SIMILAR BANS”

      If your talking about the 2011 Iraqi order, you’re wrong. This article outlines the differences.

      http://www.vox.com/world/2017/1/31/14444862/obama-refugee-ban-2011

      They also have a snippet of that in the most recent episode of the NPR politics podcast.

      http://www.npr.org/podcasts/510310/npr-politics-podcast

      As far as the Muslim ban part. Muslims were not specifically mentioned but there is specific language in the order that says

      “the executive order can prioritize refugee claims made by the individuals on the basis of religious based persecution provided that the religion of the individual is a minority in the individual’s country of nationality”

      Since all of the countries on the list are majority Muslim countries, it’s difficulty to claim it isn’t at least something of a Muslim ban since no Muslim would qualify for that prioritization.

      Your claim that no one said a word about Obama’s missteps is incorrect. Plenty of people I regularly talk to about politics were very critical of Obama and his policies. I certainly didn’t agree with everything that Obama did but he’s gone now. Justification like “Obama did worse” is a pointless deflection.

      • mockmook

        “Plenty of people I regularly talk to about politics were very critical of Obama and his policies. ”

        The EQ only jumps into politics when it wants to carry “Liberal” talking points.

        The EQ never published any critiques of Obama (that I’m aware of), and there were MASSIVE things to critique.

        The EQ slobbered all over Rapinoe for her protest — but curiously, never talked about the violation of the Civil Rights of Otis McDonald, an African American denied his 2nd Amendment rights by Chicago, denied his Right to defend himself in his home. And, every “Liberal” on the Supreme Court also wanted to deny his Rights (McDonald v. City of Chicago).

        But, you get the point.

  • Steglitz49
    • Gary Diver

      “Lyon, who are fourth in the league, lost the match 2-1 at Parc Olympique Lyonnais.”

      I thought Lyon has the best team money can buy?

      • Som Termanni

        The men’s team, not so much.

        • Gary Diver

          The idea that this attitude comes from a lone male wolf is amusing. Immediately upon returning from winning the bronze medal at WC15, the English WoSo team was greeted by a FA tweet “Our Lionesses go back to being mothers, partners and daughters today, but they have taken on another title – heroes.” Yikes!

          • Steglitz49

            When Emma Hayes, the head coach of Chelsea Ladies, got her MBE last year for services to football, the Queen herself handed it out to her and chatted to Emma for quite a while. These lower awards like MBE are not often handed out by the queen herself theses days, so it was a rare honor.

  • football-women.com

    Great !!!
    Now its going to be interesting how the readers react !

  • GT

    This week feels different? Do you think next week is going to change things? Or the week after that?

    Let’s talk soccer!

  • Diane (DeeG)

    Thanks Equalizer for recognizing and giving bigger voices to athletes, who know and interact with affected people through sport. Life and the game intersect in many ways, it never hurts to point that out.

  • guest

    Unbelievable that people are using fear of ISIS and the tiny percentage of muslims that are potential terrorists as justification for electing this guy. ISIS has almost zero relevance to our lives here. The OTHER damage Trump and his cronies are doing on home soil will last for years to come and may be irreparable.

    • guest

      I am far more fearful of the impact of the radical Christians who have infiltrated the government.

  • FlyingSquirrel42

    You know the actual extremists, i.e. the ones that do in fact want to kill us based on their jihadi ideology? The ones would love to convince other Muslims that America is a racist, Islamophobic country that hates their religion and can only be their enemy?

    We just gave them a pre-written propaganda poster.

    I love my country, but I am disgusted at the behavior of my government right now.

    • mockmook

      They don’t need an excuse. If a temporary pause in admitting people from certain countries causes you to go all-Jihad, then you were already a Jihadist.

  • AlexH

    The fact that “the masses’ wrote a paltry 72 comments many of which were of the “this is stupid” variety, renews my faith in the perspective of the EQ community. Seriously, if you want to get the masses on this site to talk Trump perhaps the headline, “Christen Press is Donald Trump’s Secret Love Child!” would be more effective and more in tune with the current digital world.

    • Reality

      This is a site dedicated to WOSO and I hope that Lauletta ceases and desists in this experiment. There are plenty of other places to indulge in political trash talking. The EQ community doesn’t need to invite in more trolls who make extraneous or “stupid” comments

  • guest

    They’re calling the ban un-American, but if you ask me, the players’ union is what’s un-American, because it restricts the opportunity of other Americans to play on their own national team. What right do they have to bar other players from representing their country anyway? We need to crush the players’ union, and do it now while they’re at their weakest point following the Olympics debacle. Let’s give everyone the same opportunity to play on the national team, without restriction or exclusion.