While the result and the continued lack of offense is disappointing for the ., in the grand scheme, this loss may still be an encouraging sign for the future. Gone are the days when Germany and the . would dominate every major tournament; now at least eight teams feel their have a legitimate shot at a trophy. The competition is deeper and tougher, and the USWNT, for their part, is ramping up its preparation and challenges, scheduling as many top teams as possible. Whether they get results now isn’t as relevant as the increased experience in high-level competition, especially for younger players looking to make a future impact.
While the Pats were down 28-3, I told my buddy at a bar that I simply hoped they could reduce the lead so it was not a blow out. As the Pats edged their way back, I continued to drink heavily (beer and Jager). Suddenly they tied it and shit was on. I proceeded to get back to shit talking and ramp it up 10x (I probably said some racist shit, I am not even sure) to the point where my friends were visibly uncomfortable (as my gf told me the following day). When they scored the TD, I stood up on the table and gave two middle fingers to the three different tables (possibly 12 people in total, women included) I had been squawking at all game. It honestly looked like Conor McGregor and the bullshit he pulls in press conferences, except for the fact that I am slightly overweight and nobody finds me intimidating.