WWC final was worth watching

Sunday was not a good day for guys like Richie Whitt and Andy Benoit.

It wasn’t a good day for any guy – or girl – who can’t be both­ered to pay any attention to women’s sports.

Come on, be honest. If you didn’t watch the final of the Women’s World Cup, please stop trying to pretend you were one of the 20.3 million people in the U.S. who not only watched a soccer game, but a women’s soccer game to boot. Pun intended, sort of, kind of.

If you can remember four years ago, you’ll recall that Whitt, at the time a sports reporter for the Dallas Observer, penned a column about how much he’d rather watch men’s sports over women’s. Benoit, an NFL writer for Sports Illustrated, gave a similar opinion at the start of this year’s Women’s World Cup, saying women’s sports are "in general not worth watching."

Hopefully those two knuckleheads – who you’d think, as sports report­ers, would consider watching women’s sports part of their job – and everyone else in the world who agrees with them, had something fun to do around 7 p.m. on Sunday.

I hear the reruns of Law & Order: SVU on enter-name-of-cable-channel-here were some good ones.

But not as entertaining as what the USWNT did to poor Japan.

Four goals in 16 minutes, three by U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd, who turned in per­haps the greatest 16 minutes of World Cup soccer by any man or woman.

That 60-yard bomb for Lloyd’s third goal was a thing of beauty, and reminded me a lot of things we used to see Milford’s Morgan Andrews do on the high school pitch just a few years ago, albeit Lloyd did it on a much, much, much – much – large stage.

It was a goal that you will probably never see happen again at such a high level of competition, regardless of gender.

The game was over at that point, although the U.S. did a nice job of let­ting Japan hang around for the next 30 minutes just to keep us all interested. For that, thank you, USWNT.

OK, I’ll admit, there are some wom­en’s sports that I, too, have a hard time watching, and I wouldn’t if it weren’t, you know, my job. But there are just as many that I’d prefer watching the women play over the men.

Soccer is one of those sports.

There was one thing that was glaringly absent from Sunday’s game – there was no flopping. No one went dramatically crashing to the ground trying to draw a foul, and no one remained there longer than she had to. No one needed to be carried off on a stretcher after getting nicked on the foot.

If you feel like you missed your chance to really be a part of the cel­ebration, don’t worry.

The 2016 Rio Olympics are just a year away, and the U.S. needs to qualify. You’re guarenteed to have a few more opportunities to jump on the band wagon.

Joe Marchilena can be reached at 594-6478, jmarchilena@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_JoeM.