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NCAA: For those of you still wondering

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Taylor Knaack is transferring to Texas to finish out her NCAA eligibility, since she can’t do it at Notre Dame. That hurts my heart a little, but rules are rules for a reason, as much as we wish it weren’t so.

And while we’re on the subject of Texas, Clarissa Wedemeyer (also known as That U-17  Who Missed a Crucial PK But We Still Feel Really Bad For Her) decided to forgo Stanford and become a Longhorn instead.

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April 22, 2011 at 2:03 pm

WPS: My Heart Will Go On

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AHAHA. Yes. I totally played the same “Easy Piano” score back when I was in elementary school. Another thing I have in common with Carrie Dew.

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April 21, 2011 at 9:58 pm

NCAA: Christen Press is really good at acceptance speeches

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I guess she has to be because she’s, like, a communications major.

Now I don’t like wearing dresses — but we should give all the dresses in the world to Christen Press, because Lordy me, she wears this one very well. Press has such good carriage, she’d make a barrel look like haute couture (well, a barrel is often better looking than the tripe those so-called “designers” put out on fashion week).

Press — there’s just one thing I’d like to say about your speech, I know you were just being polite and all, but — while Melissa Henderson is a Natty Champ, I wouldn’t say that Alex Morgan had a particularly successful season. Unless you count saving the “Natty Team’s” ass as a success, which I guess maybe you do…

Anyway. Here’s to a successful first pro season for the young lady outta PVE.

(hat-tip to The Practice Field)

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February 2, 2011 at 2:54 am

NCAA, WPS, etc: Oh what will the New Year bring

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Now we turn from promoting Christen Press to other countries (since Pia doesn’t like her) to discussing what is next for this blog.

I have always posted on whims, and I doubt that will change in the upcoming New Year. In fact, I may post more infrequently (I do have a life outside of this, shockingly), unless WPS, the USWNT, and the idiot fans (and their blogs) piss me off more than they already do.

Soccer-wise, the highlights of the year were certainly

  1. FC Gold Pride’s glorious last season
  2. Lauren Fowlkes getting her NCAA championship ring
  3. Alex Morgan being awesome
  4. Watching Notre Dame in person

More than I could have asked for, really — considering there was so much to regret and dislike. But that would take pages.

Anyway — Happy New Year, everyone.

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December 29, 2010 at 6:47 pm

NCAA, etc.: Search terms for Christmas!

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Because it is almost the end of the year, here are the top 10 search terms used to find my blog since its inception in January:

Why yes, I am a badass, and this is my badass blog.

Bryane Heaberlin verballed to North Carolina, which makes me want to punch someone in the mouth.

Also, now that we know the Hermann Trophy finalists, I will just say that Christen Press deserves the Hermann Trophy and if she doesn’t win it, I will cry foul.

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December 12, 2010 at 10:43 pm

NCAA: Mariah Carey is a Popular Choice

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Amanda Laddish said that the Fighting Irish sing this song in the locker room:

The Cal Bears sing this song when they return to Berkeley from away games.

Katie Finley, formerly of the Stanford Cardinal, did an ASL video almost like this one. Probably cuter.

And then we can’t forget this song. Being the Christmas season and all.

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December 7, 2010 at 11:08 pm

NCAA: I LOVE NOTRE DAME FOREVER AND EVER

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REALLY I DO LOVE YOU GUYS A LOT

Back when I was writing my Christen Press’ Little Sister vs. Notre Dame entry, I hadn’t really thought back then that today it would be Christen Press herself vs. Notre Dame. The mighty triple-edged sword versus the Fighting Irish.

And even if I had thought Notre Dame would have made it this far, I would have believed that Christen, unlike Channing, would have prevailed.

But that was before Notre Dame lost to UConn in the Big East Tournament. Notre Dame was a different team then.

If Ohio State had advanced to the Championship instead of Notre Dame, Stanford would have won. But Notre Dame had a special something going for them today — I don’t know what the hell it was, perhaps a grueling opponent scouting — and ripped the Cardinal’s deadly attack to pieces. And they did it attractively, too. Adriana Leon’s goal had to be unstoppable — because no one gets a garbage goal against Stanford’s Emily Oliver, who had a beast of a game.

I don’t do player rankings, so I’ll just list what stood out to me. It’s easier.

  • I once asked if Laddish/Leon/Tucker could possibly be the next Bock/Dew/Hanks, and the answer is? They could possibly be better than those three. Laddish in particular is a terrific ball-winner. Barg was okay, but Laddish dominated the midfield — Nogueira and Levin had no answer for her.
  • Quite appalled that Stanford was resorting to “Let’s Knock Henderson Down” (Dr. Quon, I’m looking at you) tactics — Stanford can play much better than that! Could it be that they really did feel outclassed by Notre Dame, who wasn’t better than them on paper? I didn’t see the Irish knocking Press down as much as the Cardinal knocked Henderson down.
  • Beth Mowins kept harping about how Press hadn’t made a shot in 60 minutes. Thank you, but that was SO not necessary. Was she even watching? Press may not have been getting shots off, but she was trying her damn hardest to create a goal.
  • According to Shek Borkowski, it was “Fawlkes” who disrupted the Cardinal’s flow of play. While recently Lauren’s game has been rough around the edges, I still adore her with all my being. She deserves this championship AND SHOULD BE STARTING CENTER BACK FOR THE USWNT WITH NIKKI MARSHALL, KTHANX.
  • I thought Jazmin Hall would have added a better flank attack  than Kecia Morway did, but that’s a minor quibble. Morway did better than I thought she would — same with Nikki Weiss. Little Tucker, on the other hand…well, maybe she just wasn’t in the game long enough. La la.
  • Courtney Verloo looked out of place at center back today. I’m sorry.
  • Teresa Noyola did not have the best game, either. Odd.
  • And Foudy kept blathering about how slow Alina Garciamendez was and making her sound like a tortoise, which made me want to punch Foudy in the mouth. DID YOU SEE THAT HEADER SHE ALMOST SCORED WITH? DID YOU, FOUDY?!
  • When all was said and done, I saw Press congratulating Jessica Schuveiller — composed and dignified in the face of defeat. That’s something to be said for her. (Shek Borkowski also has an opinion on her, which you can read here.)

Of all the games played in American women’s soccer, this one is one of the prettiest. Both Notre Dame and Stanford put the “beautiful” in the beautiful game, and I’m not talking about how hot Courtney Verloo is (even though she is).

Well done, Irish. Go maire tú an lá!

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December 5, 2010 at 10:25 pm