Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Women's Soccer Is (Nothing) Great!

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Women's Soccer Is (Nothing) Great!

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Watching a Royals baseball game here the other evening from field level beyond the right-field fence, which is 330 feet from home plate, offers interesting perspective.

From here, everything looks very far away, and the yawning expanse of the outfield makes it look impossible for fielders to cover effectively. Conversely, watching from up behind home shortens distances and makes most outfield play look simple.

The game appears far easier from behind home plate and far harder from right field. Which view is correct? Both, of course. And that's the fascination of dealing with perspective in sport. Indeed, trying to put athletics in proper perspective is a moving target. Out here in right field around the bullpen, the pitchers and assorted others are just sort of goofing off. They watch the game, some. They visit, some. They wander off and watch the contest on closed-circuit television, some. The intensity 330 feet from home is far less than it is in the dugout. So the perception is those closer to the game are far more involved. Correct? Then there's Wimbledon, which concluded earlier this week. To put it in proper perspective, the finals were boring. Lindsay Davenport dispatched tennis diva Steffi Graf in straight sets, in which the loser played lethargically. Pete Sampras crushed Andre Agassi in straight sets, in which the loser never had a chance. Or, to put Wimbledon in proper perspective, the finals were fascinating. Davenport raised her game to astounding heights to whip Graf, seven-time Wimbledon champ, who played well herself. And Sampras, in winning his sixth Wimbledon, put on a smashing display of power tennis. With this almost flawless performance, Sampras - ranked No. 1 for six straight years - may be ready to make a dramatic run at establishing himself as all-time best player. So which is it? Which brings us to Women's World Cup soccer. To put it in proper perspective, it is a true and legitimate international event. Never before has women's soccer generated even close to this kind of attention. At Giants Stadium (capacity: 77,716), 78,972 attended the United States-Denmark game. …

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