Yesterday the United States Women’s Soccer team lost to the Japanese Women’s Soccer team; and before the athletes reached the sidelines to absorb this information, USA’s “squandered chances” was uttered, broadcast, generally touted about by observers, pundits and commentators.
Watching the athletes compete for 2+ hours, I saw not one chance squandered. I saw prowess and skill. I saw compassion and frustration. I saw a clean game.
Squandered is a sore loser’s word. The United States Women’s Soccer players may be sore, but they are not losers.
They are good, good sports.