Tuesday, July 17, 2007

I Miss Foudy

Dear Tonya,

I watched the women's national team game against Norway this past weekend. I haven't paid much attention to them since 2004, and I feel bad about that.

The 2004 Olympics was the first women's soccer world championship that I didn't cover since 1996. I watched on TV as the old ladies got their final gold medal and was thrilled for them.

Now it's different, though. I love watching Lilly play and play and play. I think Kate Markgraf is one of the funniest people I've ever interviewed, and I think the world of Cat Whitehill and Briana Scurry. But there's a lot missing.

And I think it is personality.

That's where Julie Foudy comes in. When Foudy was around, it was fascinating to watch her work. On the field, she was energetic, determined, polished and brilliant. Off the field she was energetic, determined, polished and brilliant. No matter where she was, she got things done. And she was funny. She never took herself too seriously, but she took her work very seriously.

I'm sure the US team that will play in China has its share of characters, and its share of people who will make a difference in the world. But it just doesn't hold my interest very long.

I will watch the Women's World Cup on TV, and the wins and losses will mean a lot to me. It just won't be the same without Foudy. I'll try to remember some Foudy stories.

So when I think of more, I'll write.

You know who

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