Alright, alright! Now, let me shift gears here for a moment. What is God’s role in this? Obviously, he’s rooting for Da Bears…Otherwise, he wouldn’t have put ‘em in Chicago…That’s right. Da question is: Now, did God create Da Bears and make them superior to all teams or is he simply a huge fan and Ditka made them superior to all other teams?
You can talk all you want about Alex Morgan’s cool, predatory strike following Megan Rapinoe’s defense-shredding pass, Aya Miyama’s fortuitous but well taken equalizer, Morgan’s laser cross to the most lethal forehead in sports, Abby Wambach, Homare Sawa’s seeing-eye 117th minute Lazarus job executed with the kind of sublime skill normally reserved for YouTube videos. You can argue about substitution patterns, penalty taking decisions, Solo’s left knee and the vagaries of fortune. But none of that matters.
What we should remember today is how uplifting a great athletic event can be. X
“…failure is not disgrace. It’s just a pitch that you missed, and you’d better get ready for the next one. The next one might be the shot heard round the world. My son and I are Americans, we prepare for glory by failing until we don’t.”
There’s the fairy-tale version of this story that focuses on Megan Rapinoe missing two years of national team action and nearly having her promising, fledgling career derailed by multiple ACL injuries. And how her hard work, determination, and never-say-die attitude was rewarded with her Cup-saving, 35-yard rainbow cross to Abby Wambach in the 122nd minute.
And now here’s the better version of the story: Megan Rapinoe is an absolutely awesome American human being, and if she isn’t doing the Top Ten on Letterman by the end of July then we should just put Lady Justice on a milk carton and call her “missing.”