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08-08-2012, 12:16 PM
Canada’s women’s soccer team gave the country the defining moment of the London Olympics so far, with a spectacular effort Monday in a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to the Americans in the semifinal. Too bad they went and spoiled it by blaming the loss on the referee.

consider then Canada’s greatest ever Olympian, Clara Hughes, who finished what was a disappointing 32nd in the women’s road race, under pretty bad weather conditions. But what many people had trouble understanding was why Hughes didn’t seem even slightly upset with her position.

“When I look at my placing, you can say that I’m disappointed,” she said. “But when you look at my effort and everything I put into this, I’m not. I felt good — in the sense that it felt like hell. But in terms of what my effort was I suffered, and that means it was good. I gave everything I had, but it just wasn’t good enough.”

The refusal to make excuses for anything other than execution is what distinguishes mere Olympic athletes from true legends. The point is not the cliché about it not mattering whether you win or lose, as long as you try your best. The problem with excuses is that they engender weakness, rather than courage. Worse, they prevent the excuse-maker from making the adjustments or corrections they need to make to ensure superior execution next time.

This is why we should be concerned by the reaction coming from the Canadian women’s soccer team.

The Canadians had the lead twice before that in the game, and lost it both times due to their own mistakes. Anyone watching the game with a strategist’s eye would have noticed that the Canadians were having a hard time all night with American attacks down the (American) right side.

what the players need to realize is that blaming the refereeing is no different from blaming the weather or a bad bounce. If they are going to have a hope of winning the bronze medal on Thursday against France, they need to stop claiming they were robbed, and think about why they weren’t able to deliver the knockout when they had the Americans on the ropes.

In short, they need to focus on execution going forward, not excuses for what is past. That is the path to greatness.

Andrew Potter is the Citizen’s managing editor.

Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/sports/plea+execution+instead+excuses+women+soccer/7054349/story.html#ixzz22z3Masbk

A voice of reason. No doubt he will be roundly criticized here.

08-08-2012, 12:58 PM
Any reason why you'd create 6 threads about the same thing?

08-08-2012, 04:37 PM
Any reason why you'd create 6 threads about the same thing?

Yes, because those who cannot take the loss as well as you are trying to derail the other threads.

Must keep one step ahead of the game.

08-08-2012, 05:26 PM
Haha a loss is a loss. No point making excuses once it's over, it's not going to change anything.

Arguing a referee's call or with a coach was just plain dumb. Sometimes it's better to gracefully let it go and accept the loss even if you feel it wasn't right.

We should have tried to look like the "bigger man" and moved on.

When I played hockey once the call was made you shut up and went to the box/dressing room. Arguing it just got you in more doodoo.

Barry Morris
08-08-2012, 06:48 PM
I'd love to see RWGR coaching.

08-08-2012, 06:49 PM
I'd love to see RWGR coaching.

I have coached Pee Wee and asst at the HS level :)

08-08-2012, 06:53 PM
I'd love to see RWGR coaching.


08-08-2012, 07:54 PM
I saw the Clara Hughes interview. The way she conducted herself should be the benchmark for all Olympians. Not to say she's the only one, just the most recent.

Anna Noyance
08-08-2012, 08:35 PM
Good for Clara Hughes. I am proud of what she has done, but you cannot compare her event to an event that is refereed or judged. If you believe that everyone should accept their loss and that is it, then why did the American gymnast who came in fourth appeal and get bronze, or the Japanese gymnast who fell, appeal and get silver, and so on! The whole world knows how the Canadians were robbed.

I am starting to dislike any sport in the Olympics that has to be judged or refereed. I wonder what would have been said had the tables been turned and it was the American team that was robbed. They would have been up there appealing or something!

Enough said. I will be cheering for Japanese team!

Roll The Bones
08-08-2012, 11:19 PM
I have coached Pee Wee

of course you have...


08-08-2012, 11:28 PM
The loss still STINGS :)

Roll The Bones
08-08-2012, 11:34 PM
ha ha... you coached pee wee...

you really win....

08-08-2012, 11:52 PM
I didn't coach your pee wee ... I AM a WINNER!!!

Roll The Bones
08-09-2012, 12:12 AM
I didn't coach your pee wee ...

umm... see #6 above: I have coached Pee Wee


08-09-2012, 12:20 AM
WJC Gold lost to Russia ..what????

Roll The Bones
08-09-2012, 12:42 AM
WJC Gold lost to Russia ..what????

please stay on task... you were saying about pee wee...


08-09-2012, 11:57 AM
The USA and Russia have more recent WJC Gold than Canada...what????

08-09-2012, 12:10 PM
The USA and Russia have more recent WJC Gold than Canada...what????

And Canada has more recent gold in the winter Olympics.........Don't you ever tire of being KO'd in the first round

Perhaps a stunt double would be your best line of defence

Roll The Bones
08-09-2012, 02:01 PM
The USA and Russia have more recent WJC Gold than Canada...what????

you couldn't stay on topic if you were paid by a norwegian referee to throw a game...

meanwhile, back in pee wee's playland...


08-09-2012, 09:01 PM
The loss still STINGS :)

Funny story, USA losing the gold in 1972 in mens basketball and they're still talking about it.

"Personally, I don't think the U.S. was intentionally cheated out of the gold medal, but based on the series of events that transpired, it's certainly possible that could have been the case.

As Team USA began to celebrate, the players were called back onto the court. Due to a mistake by the scorer's table, the clock hadn't been reset properly. Amazingly, the Soviet Union was given a third opportunity to win on a last-second shot. A full-court pass led to a layup by Alexander Belov, and just like that, the Soviet Union stole the Olympic title away from the United States. Understandably, the U.S. was outraged. They filed a formal protest after the game, and upon losing that, refused to accept their silver medals." LOL:omg:

"Team USA had a right to be frustrated. It was both an unlikely and extremely unfortunate ending. The U.S. felt like they had been robbed of the victory that they had rightfully earned. Can anyone blame them?"


08-12-2012, 12:21 PM
The Loss still STINGS!!! :)