Has soccer made it in America? We debate this topic every four years, and I’m officially declaring the conversation dead.
Why? These two tweets:
(HT: D.C. Sports Bog)
The week in myriad sports includes a reminder that the best U.S. athlete of the year might be a triathlete, along with a reminder to turn off auto-correct when writing beach volleyball stories.
BEST U.S. ATHLETE OF THE YEAR NOMINEE
Gwen Jorgensen is in her fifth year as a triathlete, and she has already won six World Series races, three in a row. If you don’t build up a massive lead after the bike phase, just wave as she goes by.
Meanwhile, Jorgensen’s teammate put a wry smile on less happy news:
NEATEST SHOE TRICK
World Cup game? Nope. USA Track and Field Championships in Sacramento.
BEST BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE
Devon Allen is a promising wide receiver who redshirted his freshman year at Oregon. He’s also the NCAA champion in the 110-meter hurdles. And the U.S. champion.
Jenny Simpson held off Mary Cain to win the women’s 1,500.
The women’s 5,000 had a fun back-and-forth finish between Molly Huddle and Shannon Rowbury.
And yes, it was a near replay of the women’s 10,000, with Kim Conley rallying past Jordan Hasay.
The Monday Morning Run has the rest of the action.
BEST VOLLEYBALL DIG/KILL
BEST BEACH VOLLEYBALL DIG/KILL
Karri Walsh Jennings and April Ross went on to win the FIVB Grand Slam in Stavanger, Norway.
WORST BEACH VOLLEYBALL TYPO
Can U.S. beach volleyball men get some respect? Say, for example, Season Rosenthal?
Yes, that’s actually Sean Rosenthal, but no, the wires didn’t catch the error.
Anyway, Sean and Phil (Pill? Philosopher?) Dalhausser won the men’s bracket in Stavanger.
BEST SONG WITH “BRASILIA” IN THE TITLE
No contest. (Maybe in the literal sense.)