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There is one day in the calendar year when NONE of the four major sports leagues in this country - MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL - have any action whatsoever scheduled.  That day is the day after the Major League All-Star Game, which happens to be today.

This also happens to be the day of the Women's World Cup semifinals.

You would think that the one day in the year when there is NO OTHER ACTION WHATSOEVER to discuss, the d-bags in Sports Talk Radio would find SOME time to discuss the U.S. Womens' National Team, their epic win against Brazil last weekend, their impressive win today against France and the daunting task ahead of them in the Final next Sunday.

Nothing.

Dickweeds.

Not a major political issue, I know.  A bit outside this website's usual mission.  Thanks for indulging me.

And if anyone here has heard any Sports Talk about the USWNT, mention them in the comments, and props to them.  

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  •  Are you sure about this? It seems (4+ / 0-)
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    esquimaux, TheWurx, MKSinSA, BachFan

    like Yahoo! is at least somewhat covering the Wom. World Cup.

    Leave it to the internet to give more time to women's sport, though; talk radio is an endlessly repetitive male bastion of loserdom.

    From Neocon to sane- thanks to Obama- and Kos.

    by satrap on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 05:49:47 PM PDT

  •  It's the lead on ESPN (9+ / 0-)

    Few US sports talk hosts know anything about soccer and so they don't talk about it.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 05:55:53 PM PDT

  •  regardless, people are watching (10+ / 0-)

    US-Brazil was second-highest rated women's match ever, second only to 1999 final.

    ESPN certainly has been covering it. Last night's Sportscenter featured an entire 5-minute mini-movie of Abby Wambach.

    oops. I hope the gate wasn't too expensive.

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    by Dante Atkins on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 05:55:57 PM PDT

  •  Everyone where I was working (5+ / 0-)

    was talking about it.  We don't need news people to tell us what to think or what to watch.

    •  Right on! (0+ / 0-)

      Went out to lunch for a co-workers b-day and we were all watching on the  restaurant screen.  At home we're watching and taping.  My serious soccer-player teenage daughter is all over it too.

      Abby Wambach rules!  Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo too.  Go USA women!!

  •  it depends on your station (4+ / 0-)
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    I'm hearing a lot about the World Cup on the radio.

    •  Where?? (1+ / 0-)
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      I cried when I had no shoes... until I met a man who had no feet. And I said, "Hey, can I have your shoes?"

      by TheWurx on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 06:10:48 PM PDT

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      •  where are you...espn radio has discussed it (3+ / 0-)
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        and I have heard two different local stations in multiple states discuss it..

        "But once John Boehner is sworn in as Speaker, then he’s going to have responsibilities to govern. You can’t just stand on the sidelines and be a bomb thrower." - President Obama, 12-07-2010

        by justmy2 on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 06:21:04 PM PDT

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        •  I'm in Chicago (0+ / 0-)

          And I was listening today, as I said, the day after the ASG, thinking they would have to discuss it today, and nothing.

          I cried when I had no shoes... until I met a man who had no feet. And I said, "Hey, can I have your shoes?"

          by TheWurx on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 06:54:12 PM PDT

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          •  yes...pretty dead sports day (0+ / 0-)

            it would have made sense...

            "But once John Boehner is sworn in as Speaker, then he’s going to have responsibilities to govern. You can’t just stand on the sidelines and be a bomb thrower." - President Obama, 12-07-2010

            by justmy2 on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 07:14:54 PM PDT

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          •  ESPN Radio was doing their annual (0+ / 0-)

            fundraiser for the Jimmy V Foundation, for cancer research. Pretty much do it the day after the ASG since it's a slow sports day, but they've been leading up to it for the past few weeks. Even so, some of the hosts managed to mention it when I was listening. Missed today's games since I had to go out and run errands for my MIL, but I was able to follow a bit on Twitter.

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            by Cali Scribe on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 11:49:00 PM PDT

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      •  in Portland, Oregon (0+ / 0-)

        some of the talk is about how great this is, some is about how the hosts don't understand soccer and whether it'll ever catch on. But at least they're talking about it.

  •  I have heard about it... (3+ / 0-)
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    especially on Monday...

    and the US deserves it...

    "But once John Boehner is sworn in as Speaker, then he’s going to have responsibilities to govern. You can’t just stand on the sidelines and be a bomb thrower." - President Obama, 12-07-2010

    by justmy2 on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 06:19:47 PM PDT

  •  it led on ESPN and made the networks evening news (2+ / 0-)
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    I don't listen to sports radio much but this has been a major story all over TV. The womens two great wins have assured a big audience for the finals. I just saw a show where it mentioned how many big name sports stars like Labron and Kobe are following the team on FB and twitter.

    I think your concern is a bit misplaced.

    America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

    by cacamp on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 06:30:30 PM PDT

  •  A good game. France had me worried. (0+ / 0-)

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 06:37:57 PM PDT

  •  The USWNT has received lots of coverage (0+ / 0-)

    In Boston.  I get the Boston Globe, Boston Herald and my local town paper every morning and listen to Boston sports radio in the car.  The team has got a lot of press coverage here.

    I didn't get to see the match tonight against France since I was out at the movies (Woody Allen's "Midnight In Paris"...how's that for irony...great flick).

    "All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree" -- James Madison

    by paulitics on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 06:42:35 PM PDT

    •  you all saw Rachel's coverage last night??? (2+ / 0-)
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      it WAS great, young people, including lots of young men, going whoopie for the win, all over the country.

      I think soccer awareness at this point is a generational thing...  soccer has been really big in the school systems for the last 20 years or so?  so it's gradually trickling into the general public awareness, I think.  I know several teens who play REALLY seriously, I bet lots of people these days do.

      "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

      by chimene on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 07:47:19 PM PDT

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  •  I don't want to be mean ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... But the womens game is slower, less skilled and less athletic than the mens. Any sport analyst can see the gulf in quality.  

    However, I've been watching and enjoying it. It's great fun to see the commitment and love of the game that the players display. It's probably how the men ought to be behaving on field and applying themselves.

    Some brilliant goals but the bit in the middle is not compelling tikki takka, total football, cattenachio, long ball, samba or what have you.

    I'd give the womens game another dcade to become seriously competitive.

    England were woeful ( just like their male counterparts)  and France played with real style.  

     

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    by Salo on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 07:12:41 PM PDT

    •  the US soccer teams turn me off (0+ / 0-)

      the women's team especially seems like they are smug, obnoxious Americans.  Every win is EPIC!  and UNPRECEDENTED!  and AGAINST ALL ODDS!  how many Olympic gold medals?  World Cup titles?

      They seem to be a superpower yet they always play the "poor, little old us" card.  I personally have heard too much about them, especially from the jingoistic crowd who don't know which end of a ball you are supposed to kick.  They come out of the woodwork chanting USA! USA! and acting like it is a win for THEM.

      Sorry to be such a sourpuss, I'll go away quietly and leave the soccer fans to enjoy their team.  I am sure there are true fans here who are enjoying this greatly.

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      by WI Deadhead on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 07:25:15 PM PDT

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      •  I have no earthly notion what youre talking about. (1+ / 0-)
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        Did you watch the Brazil game?  Have you ever seen a game stretched out to its extremities like that?  The equalizer in the 122nd minute???  How many timed sporting events have you ever heard of that even HAVE a 122nd minute??  If ever a soccer game was epic, that game was.

        I also don't hear much poormouthing about this team.  They are an unquestioned power in the world.  The 2007 team was poisoned by the disastrous decision to play Brianna Scurry in goal instead of Hope Solo, and that caused a serious meltdown in the national team.

        If it seems dramatic, then what sport have you been watching?  All of soccer is dramatic.  Especially World Cup.  Every game is so significant and games are won and loss on the slightest miscue, everything is made out to be massively important.  When has soccer ever been for wallflowers??

        I cried when I had no shoes... until I met a man who had no feet. And I said, "Hey, can I have your shoes?"

        by TheWurx on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 07:50:59 PM PDT

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        •  I hate it when the extra time is an unknown (1+ / 0-)
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          USA Men's was given at least one game last year in South Africa in that limbo-time manner. Why isn't it calculated ahead of time and a rundown clock set to count down. Or don't they have a clock that runs both ways (counts up for regular time and down for bonus time)?

        •  I don't watch the women's games (0+ / 0-)

          when the USA is playing because they seem like brats and bullies to me.  YMMV.  It seems like a foregone conclusion that they will win, in my mind it is like the old days of the America's cup.  Artificial tension and drama and then the red, white, & blue scoop it out at the last second.  I don't intend to detract from anyone's enjoyment and it is quite likely that I am completely off base.

          I did watch quite a bit of the last Men's world cup, I have a real appreciation now for the game when played at that level.  I don't have time to try and follow some of the regular leagues although I think I would probably enjoy them as well.  (I used to follow Australian Football but even that has been pushed aside by work and family pressures.)

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          by WI Deadhead on Thu Jul 14, 2011 at 02:40:41 AM PDT

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    •  There is no doubt the game is slower. (1+ / 0-)
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      Any top level woman's sport is going to be slower and less athletic than the top level men's sport.  All sports must be appreciated on their own terms.  You can't watch women's soccer and compare it to men's soccer.  You watch one quality team against another.  It's like expecting badminton to be as fast as tennis.

      But I love this woman's team.  They aren't tough in the same way that men's teams are tough.  But on their own terms, these women are gladiators.  They can chew pig iron and spit rivets.  No woman's team you ever see will be tougher.

      I cried when I had no shoes... until I met a man who had no feet. And I said, "Hey, can I have your shoes?"

      by TheWurx on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 07:54:41 PM PDT

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    •  HUGE numbers of people watch (1+ / 0-)
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      college football and basketball, which are slower, less skilled, and less athletic than the pro games. Each has to be taken on its own merits.

      Women's football is in the midst of a transition, much like the men's game is. The old guard are big, physical teams playing Route 1 football, like the US, Germany, Scandinavian sides. The new style is possession oriented and creative, exemplified by France and Japan. Everyone knows where the game is headed (in the men's game it's already there, with Spain and Barcelona). The final will be contested by old (USA) vs new (Japan), but I think the old style has one more tournament left in it, and that's only because of Hope Solo. Then I'll be happy to see the new take over.

    •  The point with women's sports (0+ / 0-)

      is to appreciate them for what they are, not to compare them to the men's game. I get mad when people pull that false comparison between men's and women's basketball as well, or women and men tennis players, golfers or swimmers.

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      by Cali Scribe on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 11:51:35 PM PDT

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  •  Dan Patrick has had a little and (0+ / 0-)

    yesterday guest host on Jim Rome Show talked about Sunday's game a lot. My guess is there will be more tomorrow. Those are the only two radio sports talk shows I listen to on a regular basis.

    I watched most of the game today, some with my daughter until she had other things to do. We did watch the highlights together later. Her coaches at her morning soccer camp told everyone what time it was on.

    Form follows function -- Louis Sullivan

    by Spud1 on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 07:21:12 PM PDT

    •  Jim Rome? That's a turnaround (0+ / 0-)

      I don't listen to him much, but I seem to recall that his rep is as a relentless schmuck talking about women's sports, particularly soccer.  If Romey comes around, that's a good sign.

      I cried when I had no shoes... until I met a man who had no feet. And I said, "Hey, can I have your shoes?"

      by TheWurx on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 07:46:03 PM PDT

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  •  USWNT has received tremendous coverage (1+ / 0-)
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    ESPN practically built their entire week's programming around whether Team USA would make the WWC Final, and they have

    Best sports story of the year, IMO

  •  The audience for sports talk radio... (0+ / 0-)

    ...is people who actually take an interest in the sports talked about, and women's soccer isn't on that list.  There's no way around that.  

    I'll Rochambeau you for it.

    by Rich in PA on Wed Jul 13, 2011 at 07:59:36 PM PDT

  •  Crazy Ira and the Douche? (0+ / 0-)

    I got no problem with those guys or China Joe

  •  Radio is a lousy medium for soccer n/t (0+ / 0-)

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