I just finished reading a very good article in the NY Times titled “Another Go at a Women’s League, but Not Going It Alone “ by Jack Bell. Basically, this article is about how there will once again be a professional women’s soccer league. The Women’s United Soccer Association ended after the 2003 season, depleting their allotted $40 million in seed money — which was supposed to last for five years — in only one season.
This is very exciting for me, as I love soccer. Soccer was my life growing up (this was before I discovered my love for golf), and to this day I love a good competitive game of soccer. Mia Hamm (a former player of the Washington Freedom and US National Team) was my favorite player, as with every other soccer playing pre-teen in the nation. Hanging in my room were numerous posters of
Hamm and other women’s soccer players frozen forever in intense soccer action on my walls.I remember watching the 1999 Fifa World Cup finals– United States vs. China– with my soccer jersey on with the rest of my soccer team. I also remember twisting my fingers with anticipation and excitement as the game went into a shootout, and screaming and shouting as Brandi Chastain scored the cup winning penalty shot and ran to the middle of the field ripping off her jersey… personally I think that’s the only reason guys knew who the heck won the women’s world cup that year since the pictures of the topless Chastain were all over the place.So when the US decided to discontinue their professional women’s league, I was upset to say the least… especially because women’s soccer was just about the only women’s sport I loved watching (I’d watch women’s soccer over men’s soccer any day).
Once 2008 rolls around, women’s soccer can once again be a part of my daily sports intake. And even though Michigan won’t have a participating team (at least not as of yet), I’m loving it.
Soooo, The University of Michigan fired their men’s basketball coach. I’d include the fired coach’s name in this post, but I never took the time to learn it.
Does UofM seriously think that hiring a new coach is going to improve their chances of getting a spot in the NCAA tournament next year, seeing as how they lost in the beginning rounds of the NIT (Not Important Tournament) this season?… That is like saying that just because MSU fired their football coach, John L. Smith (the only reason I learned his name is because I go to MSU so I pretty much had to), that they will play in a bowl game higher than the Motor City bowl.
Face it…basketball will always be MSU’s sport and football will always be UofM’s sport (at least until Ohio State comes and beats them up repeatedly, physically and emotionally).
I’ve never had an issue with my weight or anything, but you can’t help but sometimes think to yourself ‘I could afford to lose a few pounds’ or ‘I wish I looked as good as she does’ and various other thoughts about your appearance.
Now, with every magazine saying they know the secrets to looking like a model, and how ‘simple’ it is to look the way you want, it’s hard to maintain your self-confidence.
I just read in the New York Times about how the FDA approved the first officially sanctioned weight-loss drug to be sold without a prescription. The name of this drug is Alli, maybe it was made for me!
With all of the weight-loss products on the market (that you can buy over the counter), I never realized that none of them were FDA approved. Then I think of all the people who are so concerned with their appearance, and are taking these various drugs with no real regards to their health!
I’m still wary about this new drug, Alli, but also stated in the NY times article, over 60 million people in America, or 31 percent of adults, meet the criteria for obesity! With that in mind, it is obvious that some form of drug needed to be readily available, because people are always looking for an easy way to lose weight, forget regular exercise!