Tip Top Tuesday

Whoo hoo!  I got up early enough to do a little working out before hitting the computer – and all looks brighter.  Amazing what a little circulating blood can do, eh?  I am raring to go now …

But first, a few snippets of news as the sun begins to color the eastern horizon …

Here is Obama’s response to a question from The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein – about prosecuting Bushies for crimes against every last one of us:

My view is also that nobody’s above the law and, if there are clear instances of wrongdoing, that people should be prosecuted just like any ordinary citizen.

But that, generally speaking, I’m more interested in looking forward than I am in looking backwards … read on for more …

We get your drift, Mr. President.  But I do hope you read Senator Leahy’s proposal and consider that moving forward, without dealing with this shit is not really moving forward.

“Many Americans feel we need to get to the bottom of what went wrong,” said Leahy. “I agree. We need to be able to read the page before we turn the page.”

I imagine the Bushies are hoping that the country is in too much economic turmoil to have the time or energy to address their illegal deeds or to come to grips with the fact that among the “evil doers” of the past decade, they are right there in the mix.

What I’m hoping is that Obama will think this through and do the right thing.

Other news?  Tony DiCicco is giving a talk on Positive Coaching at Masconomet High School on 2/24 down in Massachusetts … for all you coaches out there.  And I’m reading a lot on the net about Kelly Smith’s signing with the Breakers – and the reaction in England, where her club, Arsenal, was stunned by the move.

Got me thinking about the impact of the WPS around the world, as European clubs lose star players to the US franchises.  I can feel myself cringing just a little – with the feeling (not unfamiliar) of the US shouldering and shoving its way to the front of the line (yet again).  We can get so focused, over here, on wanting the league to survive and outstrip its predecessor WUSA … that we forget the impact that its creation has on global soccer ecology.

Of course, the other reality is that these women have every right to try to earn as much as they can at their chosen (and time-limited) careers … and if their clubs want to, they can match or better whatever the WPS is offering.

All that notwithstanding, as I watch Kelly Smith and Marta and Homere Sawa and others race around the pitch this spring, it’ll be with some acknowledgment of the fact that my seeing them is at the expense of someone seeing them in England or Sweden or … you get the picture.

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2 Responses to Tip Top Tuesday

  1. Thanks for the info/insight. Hopefully the WPS will raise the bar for women’s soccer play (and pay) everywhere. Tough time to be starting up (again) but hopefully it’ll be an accessible/ enjoyable/affordable diversion for folks even as the economy struggles to find its feet! If it can survive AND provide a soccer livelihood to the likes of Kelly Smith, then WPS will have done quite well for itself!


  2. Stephen says:

    Just a note on women’s soccer in England. A very good friend of mine played for years for the Everton Ladies. The women over there aren’t treated much better than the W-League here. Most teams are semi-pro at best, and the conditions they play under are certainly far from “professional.” I can’t speak for Arsenal or what Kelly Smith may have been earning, but I can tell you that most of the women playing in the women’s FA would jump at the chance to earn a living playing soccer in the US.


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