- 3rd June
- 17th August
Day 1 - Your favorite USWNT player
— Shannon MacMillan. Hands down. Meeting her in ‘04 is one of my best days ever.
Day 2 - Your favorite past USWNT player
— Still Shannon MacMillan. But, and it pains me to make the realization that she’s now a past player, Kristine Lilly would come in second.
Day 3 - Your favorite match
— June 24, 1999 and September 20, 2008. ‘99 because it was the WWC and the first game I ever went to see live. The ‘08 one because it was post-Olympics and I got to see Kate Sobrero score her one and only goal.
Day 4 - A match you never want to see again
— One would definitely be the 0-3 loss to Germany in the ‘03 WWC. I can’t even watch the stuff on the WTOW dvd when Foudy and Lil are all depressed. Another, and I can’t remember the date, was when Mia Hamm tripped trying to save a ball from going out of bounds and crashed the boards and it was like a full minute before she even moved. It was really scary to watch.
Day 5 - A player who should be on the USWNT but isn’t
— I’d like to see Ella Masar get more time with the full team. She was great in Chicago. Not too sure what her PT has looked like with magicjack though. And of course, Tarp.
Day 6 - A player who you wish was American
— Kosovare Asllani. And the Swedes were stupid for not putting her on their roster for the latest WWC. Also, Christine Sinclair, Kelly Smith and back in the day, Sun Wen.
Day 7 - A player you would sneakily like to punch sometimes
— This will not get me fan mail but I wouldn’t mind lining up Carli, ARod and Hope and going down the line.
Day 8 - Best USWNT player Tweet
— I followed the full team through the WWC but then dropped most of them. If past players count then Foudy and Sobs for sure. Love Lil but she retweets way too much.
Day 9 - Your favorite team photo
— The podium shot from the ‘99 Final that I have. They’re all so happy and a lot of them were caught jumping. It’s only signed by Bri and Sobs.
Day 10 - Your favorite USWNT video
— Seriously? This is the worst question ever. HAO in China is definitely up there. So is Green Machine from WTOW.
Day 11 - Your favorite Goalkeeper
— Siri Mullinix. Wonder whatever happened to her.
Day 12 - Your favorite Defender
— Christie Rampone. Superwoman.
Day 13 - Your favorite Midfielder
— Lil/Foudy/Michelle Akers. This is too hard.
Day 14 - Your favorite Forward
— Putting Mac up top so I don’t over crowd my midfield. I also liked CP. She wasn’t superb but I enjoyed her. Also, Mia of course. Because she was Mia.
Day 15 - Funniest player
— Foudy. Most definitely.
Day 16 - A player who deserves more hype
— HAO. She’s always there yet someone is always talking about Carli in the mid..
Day 17 - A player who gets too much hype
— Now my fan club will really disband: Hope. She could take some modesty lessons from Mia.
Day 18 - Best looking player
— Brian McBride and Taylor Twellman. :P
Day 19 - Your favorite USWNT friendship
— Joy Fawcett and Shannon MacMillan. I wanted to go scrapbooking with them so badly. Also Cristiane/Pinoe were always fun to watch before Stars games.
Day 20 - A USWNT moment that made you really sad
— Joy, Julie and Mia’s retirement. December 8th sucks. When Mia came out in that Garciaparra jersey, I was like NOOO!
Day 21 - Best hair
— Since Natalie Spilger has never gotten pulled up, I can’t put her. Probably have to go with Pinoe on that. However, remember Saskia’s sweet stars and stripes ‘do in 99? And Sobs’ horrible red dye job that year too? Classic.
Day 22 - Best Classic Carli moment
— Why does she get singled out? In my book, there aren’t any if you mean classic as in “good.” If you mean classic as in “happens all the time” then it would be messing up a play, passing the ball to the other team and sending balls over crossbars.
Day 23 - A player you really don’t want to see retire
— I unfortunately have had to watch favorite players retire both in the spotlight and out. I never wanted to see any of them go. Except maybe Angela Hucles. It also cracked me up that Brandi basically threw herself her own retirement game.
Day 24 - A young player you can’t wait to see on the full team
— Still rooting for Ella here. I also enjoy Yael.
Day 25 - A player you think should play in a different position
— Carli and ARod should watch from the bench. Or better yet, the stands.
Day 26 - The best Nickname for a player
— Chalupa for Lori Chalupny. I also enjoy Kaz for Karen Carney but she plays for England.
Day 27 - Top 3 all time Goals/moments
— Goals: Any of Mac’s 60. Brandi’s ‘99 WWC winner. Sobs’ first and only goal.
— Moments: The 91ers belting the anthem at the ‘04 games before some retired. Tisha Venturini’s flip. Mia’s 108th goal and everyone rushing the field.
Day 28 - Your favorite Jersey
— New Jersey. :P Not these ones, that’s for sure. I have the jersey from the ‘03 WWC and I think they’ve gotten progressively worse since then so I’m glad I bought it when I did.
Day 29 - A player you see as a future captain
— Abby Wambach. I’d also throw HAO in there.
Day 30 - Why you love the USWNT
— Because I do. They were the role models for my friends and I growing up. They were approachable and awesome and cared about their fans and made trips to games worthwhile and I still think that even though the teams have changed since I started following them, these things still remain true for the young kids. I wish they had had the exposure to some of the older players but that’s true in any sport.
- 30th June
This was definitely the hardest day of the challenge. I enjoy music but I don’t listen to it the way other people do. I memorize the words to sing but don’t take much from what they say or mean. Go ahead and judge, that’s fine. I’ll stick to listening to what I find to be catchy.
1. From “All In” by Lifehouse: Even if I lose the game, I’m all in, I’m all in for life
**This is the White Sox theme song and motto for the year. As an athlete and a fan, this is a great line because one game doesn’t make a season. You’ve gotta be in for the long haul or nothing is going to happen.
2. From “Marching On” by OneRepublic:
We’ll have the days we break,
And we’ll have the scars to prove it,
We’ll have the bonds that we save,
But we’ll have the heart not to lose it.
**I first heard this on an episode of Biggest Loser about two years ago. It was during a 5K challenge near the end of the season when most of the contestants were thinking about how they could barely finish a 1 mile challenge on the first day. I think it’s just a combination of remembering what I was seeing as I heard it that first time and being able to apply it to my own life that make this one of my favorite songs.
3. From “Silhouettes” by The Rays:
When two strangers who had been
Two silhouettes on the shade
Said to my shock
You’re on the wrong blo-ock
**This part always makes me angry because if you love someone so much, shouldn’t you know what house is theirs? How do you mess that up? But it’s one of my favorite oldies and can spark a conversation when I bring it up.
4. From “Electricity” from Billy Elliot the Musical:
I can’t really explain it, I haven’t got the words
It’s a feeling that you can’t control
I suppose it’s like forgetting, losing who you are
And at the same time something makes you whole
**We’ve all got something that we can’t describe in terms of the way it makes you feel. This one actually sums up that feeling.
5. From “Swim Until You Can’t See Land” by Frightened Rabbit:
So swim until you can’t see land
**That’s it, just the title basically. Because there’s no song that’s titled ‘Run Until You Can’t Run Anymore’ so sometimes I feel like I just need to swim until I can’t see land. Even though I’m not a fan of swimming but that’s besides the point.
I’m done! I finished a challenge. No one cares..
- 29th June
1. Digital cameras.
4. The Slurpee machine.
- 29th June
2. Watch tv or a movie.
3. Go to the gym.
4. Go to a sporting event.
- 27th June
#1 Why do people thing Jersey Shore is a good show? Glorifying the idiots isn’t going to help this country at all.
#2 How do they make Jamba Juice so delicious? If I have to give up something for Lent, you know it’s super awesome.
#3 Why do hotels have to be so expensive? If I’m having a good vacation, I shouldn’t be at the hotel all that much except to sleep. I don’t want to pay hundreds of dollars a night.
#4 Why can’t everyone just speak the same language? I don’t care if it’s English, Spanish, Chinese or some clicking language, it’d just be easier to be able to communicate with all.
#5 Why is technology so stupid? Everything should just work by taking it out of the box and plugging it in.
- 26th June
I redact my prior statement. This is the easiest one of them all.
3. Gatorade: Fierce Blue, Frost Purple
4. Lemonade: Pomegranate or Raspberry
5. More Pepsi
- 25th June
This is a buzzer beater since it was a busy day for Mom’s birthday, but I’ll post it in time. *phew*
1. Facebook. I had it when I felt it was cool. When it was something only certain colleges had. I could hold it over people’s heads because their college wasn’t awesome enough to be on it. Then everyone could have it and it wasn’t special. So I ditched it. The looks I get when I say I don’t have it are ridiculous and unnecessary.
2. Jeans that are ripped to shreds. I pay for quality merchandise, not things that look like they got attacked by a shredder.
3. Weekly pedicures/manicures. If you’re going to complain to me that you don’t have money to pay your bills, don’t gloat about your weekly mani/pedi sessions. I’ll stick to buying a bottle of nail polish for $3 and painting mine myself. Occasionally, sure, but all the time? Not when I can do it myself for a tenth of the price.
4. Eating organic. I like to eat healthy but I’m not going to go bankrupt buying special foods. Plus, if pesticides ever make me sick, maybe I’ll lose some weight. Silver lining.
5. Hooker boots. Especially on kids. Little girls do not need thigh high black leather boots. And neither does anyone else.
- 24th June
I’m pretty exhausted.
1. Because I volunteered this morning til noon and was on my feet the whole time.
2. Because I had four interviews in three days Tuesday through Thursday.
3. Because a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.
4. Because I haven’t gotten much sleep lately.
5. Because I keep thinking of more things that need to get done.
That one was pretty boring..
- 23rd June
This is probably the easiest one of them all. Hopefully I can use characters that aren’t on tv anymore because it’s going to happen.
#1 Jim Halpert (The Office)
#2 Chuck Bartowski (Chuck)
#3 Dr. Doug Ross (ER)
#4 Ezra Fitz (Pretty Little Liars)
#5 Sam Anders (Clarissa Explains it All)