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The U.S. women, fame and social media

Posted on: July 13, 2011 2:16 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2011 2:57 pm
 
 Around 2:03 eastern, on Twitter, the name Abby Wambach was trending. That is a sentence I thought I'd never write.   On Facebook and Twitter, on BlackBerry's and email, the deeds of U.S. women's soccer is spreading. Social media is making the team one of the most popular phenomenons in the country right now.   What the 1999 team did was more impressive but this title run by the women will be more watched. This is simply an incredible mix of a great physical accomplishment, national pride and the Facebook generation. By the time the women are done, and if they win a championship, they might be the most Tweeted and Facebook'd non-NFL champion we've seen. I mean that.

They've grabbed the country by the neck and won't soon let go. They're also inadvertently taking advantage of the fact that this is a scary time for the country right now. Unemployment is high, the debt ceiling is, well, at the ceiling, our leaders are squabbling, and parts of Europe are financially falling apart.

In this country the women offer hope and good, old fashioned fun. They're perfect for these times when we're always looking over our shoulder seeing what bad news is coming nexty while we're sending a text.

We can watch, enjoy and Tweet all about it.

  
Category: Soccer
Tags: World Cup
 
Comments

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2011 9:26 pm
 

The U.S. women, fame and social media

Lets get one thing straight. The number one goal is to win the World Cup. Not taking away from their superb come from behind victory beating the Brazilians but if they don't win this Sunday, than the win againts Brazil was meaningless. Most people, you included Mr.Freeman, might not have followed the World Cup like some of us die hard soccer fans, men or women soccer, but I for one expect the team to be in the finals and winning it before the start of the World Cup. I expect the team to beat Brazil or Germany in the finals. If they don't beat Japan this Sunday, most of us die hard soccer fans will know what the Miami Heat fans felt when the Heat lost to the Mavs in the NBA finals.



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2011 5:29 pm
 

The U.S. women, fame and social media

People are only interested because A) The US is winning at something and we're not used to it for this sport and B) there are attractive women on that team.

If either is not true, especially the former, the interest is not there.  To get this level of interest, both were needed. 

Most people don't actually care about the sport or the women.  We aren't actually going to have a continued interest or a respect for their abilities.  That team in 99 was good too and nobody cared afterwards.



Since: May 26, 2011
Posted on: July 14, 2011 1:04 pm
 

USWNT

I love how people in the U.S. like to talk down to soccer and soccer fans. First of all, everywhere else in the world its football because guess what...you actually use your feet to control the ball the majority of the time. 

The reality is that 'soccer' is the world's most popular sport and if you do a little research you'll find that 'football', basketball and baseball don't even make the top five. I'm not trying to say anything bad about these sports because at the end of the day I'm a sports fan but as sports fans we should have respect for each others interests in not just teams but sports.

The USWNT are representing the United States with great athleticism, determination, and style we should all be proud of that especially when they're doing it in the world's most viewed sport.  



Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2011 12:46 am
 

The U.S. women, fame and social media

We can watch, enjoy and Tweet all about it.
...our you can write stories about it under the websites soccer section, put them right there by the mls and epl news, scores, and standings.

Hold on, I'll get you the link.....

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........
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................*sigh* n/m.









Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2011 9:48 pm
 

The U.S. women, fame and social media

Re: I agree.  It must mean Hell has frozen over.

I meant actually agreeing with a Freeman article.




Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2011 9:46 pm
 

The U.S. women, fame and social media

I agree.  It must mean Hell has frozen over.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: July 13, 2011 7:55 pm
 

The U.S. women, fame and social media

If you can't appreciate top-end international competitions like this, you don't like sports.  This is a great tournament, even if the athletes are women.



Since: Jul 13, 2011
Posted on: July 13, 2011 5:43 pm
 

The U.S. women, fame and social media

Never watched soccer much let alone womens soccer but this world cup has been very enteraining.

 




Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: July 13, 2011 3:07 pm
 

The U.S. women, fame and social media

This is the first Freeman article that I've ever agreed with. Wow. Go USWNT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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