Soccer hooliganism hits MountainWest women

I’m well-conditioned to expect occasion thuggery in college and pro sports. Forty years of watching football, basketball, soccer, baseball and hockey has shown me plenty of horrid examples.

What I never expected to see? Over-the-top vicious shots in a MountainWest Conference women’s soccer game. This video shows at least one player who might need some anger management classes.

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3 Responses to Soccer hooliganism hits MountainWest women

  1. Doug Gibson says:

    I watched the last 30-plus minutes of the game and you really don’t notice the hooliganism. It just goes to show that in the high-tech world, you can’t escape the consequences for this type of bad behavior.

  2. flatlander100 says:

    I’m curious, why did you assume that women athletes would necessarily be less violently competitive, less caught up in the emotion of the game, and so less prone to the thuggery associated with their particular sport than men who play the same sport? I figure sports thuggery is an equal opportunity activity, que no?

    On the other hand, one of the reasons I’ve come to prefer watching women’s basketball to men’s basketball is that there does seem to be more emphasis on skilled moving of the ball, and less less fouling than in the men’s game. [Excepting of course the deliberate fouling that turns the last three minutes of what had been an enjoyable game to watch into a fifteen minute boring exercise in whistle blowing, tramping from one end of the court to the other, foul shotting, four seconds of play, fouling, whistle blowing, tramping to the other end of the court, foul shot, etc. ] The women’s game seems to involve more continues play than the man’s game and I find it more fun to watch.

    But given time, I suspect the women will get just as much into elbow throwing and cheap shot fouls as the men. Just give it time..

  3. Mark Shenefelt says:

    Flatlander, I won’t confess to latent sexism, although I can see why the post could point someone to reading that into my thoughts. No, it’s simply a case of my experience of watching men’s team sports for so long and having little exposure to women’s team sports. So, all the “thuggery” images in my mind were from men’s competitions.

    Of course I am aware women are capable of displaying aggressive and even violent behavior, including on the competitive sports fields. I think I was so blindsided by this soccer incident because we have the cultural imagery so driven into our brains that BYU co-eds are just sweet and lovable. Example: Cal Grondahl’s cartoon last week: http://www.standard.net/slideshows/2009/10/31/cals-cartoons-november-2009

    From now on, I’ll expect elbows to the midsection, and worse, from BYU women and other MountainWest soccer players. Although the New Mexico player was by far the worst offender in the video, it’s interesting to note that a BYU player ignited the violence with an elbow shot to the gut of the N.M. bad actor.

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