Man what a game! But good lord Canada, that little time left in the extra period you cannot screw around with the ball. Heading it up and up and up that close to your 18 yard box...just clear the fracking thing...
Ah well, hopefully the US has enough in the tank to have a great final against Japan.
I hate people who complain about those calls...if it's there in the rulebook, what exactly are you complaining about?
Eh, there are a lot of rules in many sports that are "overlooked" by the referees unless they're blatant.
IIRC, isn't there a certain distance from the bench you have to be to complete a legal line change in hockey? And many times, I see players coming on the ice well before their teammates get on the bench. It's technically illegal and can be called by the officials if they so choose, but many officials will overlook it because it happens all the time.
Again, I don't know much about soccer, but it appears to be that kind of situation. It's something that happens all the time, but is rarely called. It just happened to be called this time.
It's like a penalty shot in hockey. It's very rarely called unless it's a blatant offense, even though the rulebook is very vague on what constitutes such a call. Same way in soccer.
But in this case, while it was still technically against the rules, it wasn't a blatant offense. It was more of a mistake (and you can make an argument that the Canadian player was trying to get out of the way).
Not sure if anyone heard or read the comments George Will had on ABC recently regarding Head Injury. His comments were aimed at football, but some of the same things can apply to hockey as the athletes are bigger, stronger and faster than ever now days. Also, with all the recent focus on head injuries in the NHL, there are some things that parallel football. That said, Football is a sport where you hit someone hard on every play, that's the objective. While hitting in Hockey (and Lacrosse) is part of the game, it's not the objective.
The human body is no longer built for the kinetic energy of the National Football League and even further down to high school. In 1980, there were three NFL players over 300 pounds. Today there are 352 people on the 2011 rosters weighed more than 300 pounds.
Over 20 yards, which is where a lot of football is played, these guys are as fast as cats, fast as running backs, and the kinetic energy is producing what is called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Repeated, small but repeated blows to the head, the brain floating in the pan in the skull, now we know causes early dementia and other problems.
It will start at the small level of kids playing football in grade school and then in high school. We now in our hyper-cautious parenting put crash helmets on children riding tricycles. How many of these parents are going to let their children go out and play football once they learn, again the chronic, the cumulative effect of small brain trauma?
While some of Will's comments might be a bit overboard, I have seen more shifts towards this sentiment. I've heard a number of NFL players (or ex-players..Kurt Warner for 1) commenting on not wanting their kids to play football. That kind of sentiment was almost non-existent years ago (as were helmets for biking, skateboarding, etc...).
Football is such a big sport in the US that I can't see anything like this having much impact on it, at least in our lifetimes, but it is an interesting discussion none the less.