The USWNT won their semifinal clash against England and that’s the ‘tea’

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You have to understand, ten years ago, I barely watched any sporting events. Maybe I watched some tennis here and there, just because I knew even then that tennis gossip is the sh-t. But nowadays, I’m literally streaming the last women’s match of Wimbledon Day 2 on my iPad as the Women’s World Cup plays on my TV. How did I get here? I think it’s because I’ve become strangely patriotic, or patriotic-for-American-athletes as I get older? Anyway, of course I was rooting for the USWNT in the World Cup semifinal against the English Lionesses. And guess what? THE YANKS WON! WOOT!

In the first ten minutes, Christen Press scored a goal with the perfect header:

Then Alex Morgan got the second goal about 30 minutes in:

While the Lionesses managed to score one goal, the entire second half was mostly lead-management from the Americans, all as the Lionesses seemed to fall apart in a flurry of fouls, mistakes and whatever that VAR call was. I felt sorry for the English fans, but entirely elated that we, as a country, can tell Piers Morgan to choke on it.

All of us were concerned about Megan Rapinoe too, because she didn’t play in the semifinal at all – as it turns out, she got a “minor hamstring injury” during the quarterfinal which she described as “not even really a strain.” She wants to play in the final. YAY 4 PINOE.

Even with our beloved Pinoe, we still got some great memes and jokes. I especially love all of the stuff about the Duchess of Sussex.

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  1. Sierra says:

    Sorry but the tea drinking mocking was rude and disrespectful towards a nation.

    I hate when people mock others when winning, it shows bad manners in my opinion.

    Nonetheless, congratulations to the team, it was well deserved.

    • LoonyTunes says:

      Pretend tea drinking is offensive now? 🙄

      • Arizona says:

        it’s funny, but also fairly mean to mock a team that just lost. I don’t think Americans would appreciate it if England had won and started mocking them. I think it’s meant all in good fun but is also kind of in poor taste.

      • Boxy Lady says:

        But Arizona, England hadn’t “just lost.” Alex Morgan was celebrating a goal she scored 31 minutes into the match. It’s not like she did it at the end. There was still 60 minutes of playing time left!

      • Heyhey says:

        How old are they? They’re not very bright are they? I do find it a little rude but they also could have done worst.
        Anyway, well done team USA.

    • manda says:

      One of my facebook friends who is British was LIVID at the tea drinking thing, and I just don’t get why it is so offensive?? He then compared it to how people would have reacted if the British player had done a mock school shooting, which seems like way more negative than sipping tea. I wonder if the American player realized it would ruffle so many feathers, because I would not have guessed that

      • Sierra says:

        Well what I feel and my friends is that the tea drinking was the player’s way of mocking British people. It was like they said we are only good at being delicate afternoon tea drinkers and should just do that and not play football.

      • Erinn says:

        I think a better comparison would be McDonald’s or cheeseburgers in general. But still.

        I don’t know, I find it in poor taste when the losers are openly mocked by the winners.

      • manda says:

        @ erinn–yes, he said that he went to school shooting because you can’t mimic obesity or arrogance, or something like that, which made me laugh. (I tried to find the exchange but it’s gone now, so it must have been heated). There are so many things people from other countries could mock about people from the US.

        @Sierra–I get it. But I also think that tea drinking is sort of harmless, and if that’s all she could think of to make fun of, then there really isn’t much fodder for her to choose from. Like, I’m sure that she could have done something more offensive, and I’m thankful she didn’t.

        I also thought that people did stuff like that in sports, but I’m not an athlete at all. I mean, people were always mocking people in gym class in school which is why I never got into sports! But, yes, I’m confident if the roles were reversed and the British player had scored and mocked in some way, I would most likely be annoyed about it too

      • Mel M says:

        Is it teasing or is it mocking? I guess it comes down to everyone’s individual opinion. I think it was just a little bit of teasing but I’m also American so..

        Living in America right now I really tough when you have an absolute abomination in the White House doing he things he’s doing so this feels good, especially coming from the women we need this.

        Also, the difference between teasing about drinking tea and a school shooting is, I mean it’s obvious right? That’s disgusting that anyone would think they are comparable.

      • Canber says:

        Manda, your friend has 99 problems and a grasp of reality ain’t one. School shootings. How appropriate.

    • MrsBanjo says:

      Oh please. Piers Morgan is rude and disrespectful towards a nation. Pretend tea drinking is mild teasing compared to what happens in most sport.

      • Sierra says:

        Where am I defending Piers Morgan? I hate that man and wish he would leave the media world.

        I find the tea drinking gesture mocking and that my opinion.

      • MrsBanjo says:

        Point is, there are way more disrespectful things to a nation than a woman teasing her opponents when she scores. If you think that what she did is horrible you clearly don’t watch a lot of sports. Do you say these things about all the men’s teams as well?

      • Sierra says:

        I stopped watching men’s football exactly for this reason, they are rude and disrespectful.

        I don’t have to ignore it just because women did it this time.

      • Becks1 says:

        But I think it was aimed directly at Piers Morgan. “”oh, you don’t like how Rapinoe celebrated? Is this more your speed Piers?”

        I really don’t think she was trying to mock all of England.

        And the comparison to school shootings is really gross. The fact that someone said that is pretty bad.

    • FlyLikeABird says:

      losers (as in game losers ) are maaaad. you can stay mad. Have a cuppa, love.😂😂😂😂

    • JanetDR says:

      That wasn’t mocking tea drinking, it’s the meme of doing/saying something awesome and then casually sipping tea-usually with a picture of Kermit the Frog, although any tea drinker will do. But I take your point.

      • josephine says:

        that was my immediate reaction as well – it was a nod to the meme. but, you know, people want the more controversial version, so they’ll run with that.

        i love the “sips tea” meme.

      • Molly says:

        I took it as a reaction to that article earlier this week asking if she and Meghan’s earlier celebrations were too brash. Her response? Fine. I’ll drink tea like a lady.

      • LadyT says:

        Molly- you nailed it. *Celebrating too much? Fine, I’ll drink tea like a lady.* She’s poking fun at herself and her score/situation. I don’t see any offensiveness here.

      • Becks1 says:

        @molly – yes. That was it. We had a 100+ comment post here two weeks ago about how classless and horrible they were for their celebrations in their record-breaking win over Thailand.

        And now THIS is getting criticized too? While people forget that England celebrated their goal as well?

      • ToiFilles says:

        My first thought was the women’s German football World Cup advert that went viral. The first year the team won, they were given a TEA SET!!

        Seriously – go find the commercial on youtube. Also check the comments. The translation is a bit adjusted (ponytails, ahem)

    • WelcomeToATL says:

      lol Boston Tea Party, much? Sip the tea. Throw it in the harbor.

      • Angel says:

        Boston tea party? Don’t get me started on Boston, as a Brit i will never ever visit Boston out of principle.

      • Sam says:

        Are the Brits really still that mad about the American Revolution?
        Listen, Boston has its faults (it’s still racist as fuck, maybe not individual people, but institutions still are) but not visiting Boston because of the Boston Tea Party? Y’all…..

        Source: I’ve lived here for the past decade.

      • Lady Baden-Baden says:

        @Sam “Are the Brits really still that mad about the American Revolution?”
        No. Angel is either a) taking the piss or b) best ignored
        Signed: a Brit who also happens to have lived in Boston and loved it

      • Sam says:

        @Lady Baden-Baden
        Rereading it, I probably missed some obvious sarcasm!
        Internet tone is hard.

      • Lady Baden-Baden says:

        I agree – I’m not entirely sure either! But with us Brits it’s usually best to assume it’s sarcasm!!

      • ANGEL says:

        To the people unsure of my comment, i WAS being hugely sarcastic. Sorry, i’m british! that’s our humour. I have been to the states many times & love it & have many American friends who i tease with my humour. It was about people making such a huge bloody fuss, even dragging history into it, that’s why i said what i said.

      • Becks1 says:

        @Angel – lol! I completely did not get it. I thought there was some other reason for your hatred of Boston. I’m with you now ;-)

    • Lady Baden-Baden says:

      I don’t know about ‘bad manners’ but some of the mocking made me a bit sad. Maybe too soon? England never expected to beat USA – best team in the world without a doubt – but they put up a decent fight in the second half from what i understand. Regardless – we’re very proud and the massive success of the Lionesses campaign should do wonders for women in football (and equality overall). There are headlines today about yesterday’s match being the most-watched British TV broadcast of the year – that’s amazing considering most people were happy to write off/ignore women’s football just a couple of years ago. I know the kids at my boys’ school have been loving this tournament. Gives me hope!

      • Tina says:

        Well said. I agree entirely.

      • Myra says:

        Very nice comment. The U.S. Team has put a spot light on pay equity as well. The U.S. Men make 3 times as much as the women and their not as successful!

    • My old coach’s saying was “act like you’ve been there” in regards to respect for the opposing team. Which was his way of saying don’t show your ass over your accomplishments.
      I agree it was rude and I’ve kept that little nugget handy for years, it applies to many situations.

      • Hoot says:

        @AKOS… Your coach was correct to impart that piece of wisdom to you – it’s great advice (I have been told the same). It’s not a classy move to mock/tease (whatever you want to call it) after winning. Sport is a game. You should be as gracious when winning as when losing. Whomever the action was directed at, it still makes the losers feel worse… and just because someone else has done it doesn’t make it right.

      • broodytrudy says:

        This is really interesting to me. I played softball competitively for years and we were taught to always full celebrate and always play our best, even if we were smashing the other team because it’s disrespectful to do anything else. Celebration shows you saw the other team as a real threat, and continuous play and scoring at your best shows you know the other team could come back at any time and beat you. It feels awful to know another team isn’t celebrating or playing their best against you because they feel like you’re not good enough. Difference in coaching. Super interesting.

        Regardless we all know if they were men we wouldn’t get this type of coverage.

    • VintageS says:

      I agree. I expect better out of the players.

    • stormsmama says:

      The English player pretended to have glasses on? when she scored…these showboat celebrations are just part of it…Anyone taking offense is either 1) clueless as to how sporting events play out or 2) taking themselves too seriously…
      DONT EVEN TRY to tarnish these ladies’ greatness (all of them)

      • Hoot says:

        I was taught be as gracious when winning as when losing, and just because someone else acts like an *ss doesn’t make it right. The state of sports has evolved to accepting these actions because PC I guess. Playing a sport is competitive as h*ll (I’ve played my share) and a feeling of vengeance is intrinsic when you play at a high level. I guess I’m living in the past with my beliefs.

    • DrLyn says:

      Sorry, I thought the US Team (a SPECTACULAR team in my informed opinion) have been brilliant in play and totally unsporting in behaviour. Except for Megan Rapinoe, whom I think is fantastic. Cheering the disproportionate win over Cameroon? Really ladies. And then thumbing the nose at the Brits. You are the best team in the world. You don’t need to act like the ugly Americans. You only perpetuate the stereotype of the boorish American your president so rudely embodies. Boo.

      • Becks1 says:

        We did not play Cameroon. I believe that was England.

      • Becks1 says:

        And, on this site at least, can we stop with the ugly American comments? I have been around a lot of tourists from other countries. No one is a perfect tourist. Let’s just stop with that.

    • Rileir says:

      If England did a hoedown dance or pretended to eat a Big Mac or something else ugly Americanish after scoring against us, I’d laugh. I laugh when I found out europeans main objective for Americans is fat. The tea pinkie was funny and really benign, admit it.

    • emerson says:

      “Sorry but the tea drinking mocking was rude and disrespectful towards a nation.

      I hate when people mock others when winning, it shows bad manners in my opinion.”
      Hmmm. Sounds like words of a sore loser to me.

      1. People please get out of your feelings.
      Tea is not a sacred drink and it didn’t originate or is it the
      official drink of England.
      2. This was in response to Piers Morgan trying to run
      interference for the “Orange Idiot in D.C.”, after Rapinoe hurt
      his feelings Steph Curry/Lebron James style
      3. Plus the fact that the Lionesses’ manager was caught in the US
      soccer team’s hotel the day before in what was perceived as
      spying . But UK manager, along with the press laughed it off.

  2. Mellie says:

    Whenever you have organized sports, there is going to be some degree of showboating, I don’t care what it is….anyone ever watch the NBA or NFL?! I typically don’t get worked up about that stuff, some of it makes me laugh. There was a player one time who made a touch down and pretended to perform CPR on the football, I’m sorry, but that was hilarious. BTW, the memes for this are outstanding!

    • Esmom says:

      Yes. The outrage is a bit much considering how much showboating seems to be tolerated in men’s sports. This was so innocuous but people are absolutely bonkers over this “anti-American, unpatriotic” team of women. The hypocrisy is depressing af.

      And don’t even get me started on the Twitter thread accusing her not of pretend sipping tea but of pretend smoking a joint.

      • Rapunzel says:

        Esmom- I thought it looked like joint smoking too. What was this thread saying that was so awful?

      • Esmom says:

        Rapunzel, I’d have to look for it but it was a Republican congressman (shocker, I know), expressing outrage at her “promoting drug use.” Sigh.

      • Lady D says:

        They are being accused of anti-Americanism? That’s just stupid, they are clearly doing it for the country that pays them 85% less that their male players get.

    • Timbuktu says:

      NBA and NFL are domestic leagues. It’s one thing to have a city/college rivalry. It’s another when you’re playing for your country against other countries at an international competition. We’re all talking about how these teams represent their countries. Well, that goes for all situations, not just winning.

      • Mellie says:

        Respectfully disagree, there’s so much going on in the world today that this “tea drinking” controversy should not even be a blip on the radar. BTW, I’m sure plenty of this goes on in the Olympics (Usain Bolt anyone? He usually did a bit of grandstanding, but who cares?! He was amazing!) and I don’t remember anything being this big of a deal.

  3. OSTONE says:

    Sip that tea, Alex! Well done USWNT!!

  4. Rapunzel says:

    Re: the mock tea drinking, I just don’t get it.

    One, winning a sport is not the same kind of tea as the Kermit meme, imo.
    Two, tea drinking is awesome, so the Brits are awesome for doing it, which makes it’s a weird thing to mock.
    Three, the mock tea drinking kinda looks more like mock joint smoking.

  5. Robinda says:

    I don’t have much time for planned celebrations in any sport. Love the spontaneous excitement, not the move someone practices in front of a mirror the night before.

    Those goals were perfection, though. Just absolutely incredible execution.

    • manda says:

      It’s particularly painful to watch a celebration for a touchdown or whatever when they’re losing by a lot with no way to win. Just play the dang game!

      • Hoot says:

        Amen! I always wonder just how long did it take those guys to practice those dumb moves?

  6. Michelle says:

    Actually don’t mind all the talk about this. Women’s football needs to be supported & talked about, so any media coverage is OK by me.

  7. Aims says:

    I wasn’t a soccer game at all, but when I did some digging into megan I quickly became a fan. I understand that Americans have a bad reputation abroad for our behavior and it’s probably justified. I know that we can be aggressive and loud and rude. Should she had made a sipping tea gester? Probably not. But I think she was caught in the moment. Also you have to understand. We currently have a “leader” who isn’t wishing our team well. So these wins are more then wins. It’s a middle finger to the current administration and that is something I will always support.

    • Timbuktu says:

      I’m all for them mocking this administration, but what does Britain have to do with it?

  8. Nikki says:

    The US women are the best team and should win the final. England played well, but could have done better (I feel like I say that about most England teams – we do well buuuuuut…..).
    I am English – I drink lots of tea. Not with my pinky sticking up but I’m not a rich person :) I thought it was in good fun. What I didn’t find in good fun are the references to the US joining the war and such … really? Not appropriate comparisons at all. This is just a game people not a war. Unfortunately there can only be one winner and hats off to them!

  9. Jessica says:

    YIKES @ the people making a mountain out of a molehill about this. It was not hardcore mocking of the other team, it was a little joke, probably a Boston Tea Party reference.

    If you actually follow football/soccer, then you know it’s not at all unusual for players to celebrate their goals in the immediate aftermath of scoring. She did NOT do this at the end of the match, after they’d lost.

    The supreme idiot mentioned in one of the comments above who compared this small, good-natured gesture to miming a mass shooter is beyond belief. What a wildly disproportionate reaction. That person’s xenophobia and sensitivity are showing. Get a grip. Have a cup of tea and calm down maybe. Any excuse to rant about Americans and women.

    I didn’t see any of this sensitivity on display during last year’s men’s World Cup. (Correction: A Swiss player of Albanian origin got dragged for making an Albanian national gesture at the Serbian team when he scored. I would say there’s a lot more mutual ill feeling in that context than this one.)

  10. Leriel says:

    As a person, who watches football (european one) since being 5 years old, it’s so funny to read that this gesture is “mocking”, because it’s not. Male football players did worse, and got out with that. She just celebrated scoring goal, tea drinking gesture is not copyrighted by brits, it doesn’t belong to nation/race/etc, so no dears, it’s not mocking, it’s not offensive, it’s just a tease, people get mad so easy nowadays.

    • Jessica says:

      Thank you for speaking sense. This is extremely common in men’s football and they do a lot worse. They’ve really turned something silly into a ~controversy~

    • Lady D says:

      Personally I don’t care, but yes, she clearly meant to mock the British. I mean, come on here. There were a hundred ways to celebrate that goal that didn’t include the mocking of their national pastime.
      The wingnut that compared it to a school shooting really needs help.

      • Jessica says:

        It was the ENGLAND women’s team playing, not “the British,” and no, she was not “mocking their national pastime,” she made a light-hearted gesture. Good grief.

      • Lady D says:

        Thank you for the correction, but is it really necessary to yell? Maybe save it for the games?
        As it turns out, at least according to the DM so take it for what it’s worth, she made that gesture, she says, because she wanted to create a meme that would rival Megan R’s and get more hits. She claims that was her only reason for doing it.

  11. MellyMel says:

    Based on some of these comments, I’m gonna assume some of y’all don’t watch soccer/football or any other team sport. People celebrate and showboat…it’s part of the fun! And it’s just tea…calm down lol.

  12. Jessica says:

    Bleacher Report makes a lot of really funny memes out of this kind of stuff (players’ antics) that I am assuming a lot of people here would find wildly offensive.

    • Laura says:

      I think it’s both. The tea sipping was just harmless banter but the American women team are also are the complete opposite of classy, gracious winners. They are without doubt the best team in the world; clinical, ruthless and incredibly athletic. I’m gutted for the lionesses, I believe we showed great heart and on another night we could have beaten them. Let’s face both countries politics have gone to ruins at the moment. All of the women should be celebrated for putting on a great entertaining semi-final!

      • Jessica says:

        I agree with all of this, Laura. I’ll cop to our women having a less than stellar attitude sometimes. Both teams are brilliant and incredibly talented. Facing anyone else, I’d be rooting for the Lionesses. :)

      • Hoot says:

        @Laura – You have a great take on this.

      • Elisa says:

        you nailed it, I wish I could upvote your comment.

  13. Nic919 says:

    I’m not American or English and I found the tea sipping pretty funny. It’s pretty low on the end of obnoxious celebration of goals in sport.

    Also it is always a good thing when Piers Morgan is mocked. All countries should unite for this.

  14. Scal says:

    This is SO much drama for a random celebration in a football match. Tea cup sipping is morally offensive now? Do none of these people watch soccer at all? This is mild child’s play compared to things the men have done in standard european league play not to mention on the WORLD CUP level. If people got this upset every time a player celebrated a goal in the premier league or UEFA cup play-professional soccer would get shut down.

    I’m old enough to remember when the korean team scored on the american men at the world cup. And then did a mocking speed skating down the sideline because they were still upset about Apollo Anton Ohno winning over a countryman at the Olympics earlier that year. No wringing of hands then. I wonder what the difference is, oh yea policing how women celebrate because we can be proud but not TO proud.

  15. The Original Mia says:

    Sip that tea, Alex! Scoring the winning goal on her birthday and people are gonna bitch about her gesture? Spare me. The English have their own celebration and no one has said a thing about it. And why should we? Every goal is celebrated.

  16. Michelle says:

    There’s so much going on in this world to get worked up about……..this is not one of them!!! I’m English & an England fan. End of the day, America won because they were the better team. Just enjoy women being in sports & getting their own World Cup.

  17. Wilma says:

    Women celebrating really seems to put people in a tizzy where suddenly everything is bad sportmanship. Le sigh.
    One the one hand I want the US to win because best team and White House drama. One the other hand, my home team is the Dutch team and if they would bring this home before the men do, it will be all kinds of glorious 😂

  18. Fluffy Princess says:

    Yay team USA! And now, people are upset by the tea sipping? Really?

    Showboating is often part of team sports, and this is pretty mild. Plus, as mentioned above, she did this only 30 minutes in–not even at the end of the game. People need to lighten up and stop getting offended at every.little.thing–especially during a sporting match. We all know that men in sports played worldwide showboat–and in bigger ways–without ANY hand wringing and discussion.

    • Lady D says:

      “every.little.thing.” It’s a favourite pastime of approximately 120 million people in England and the UK.

  19. Alsf says:

    England’s coach has been policing the behavior of other teams’ players all tournament and now English fans wants to cry salty years because they lost without appropriate “etiquette”? Get over it. Maybe don’t have your coach passively aggressively scolding our players and staff in advance of the match and perhaps the players won’t celebrate so hard.

    Particularly when the English players received multiple yellow cards and a red card in the match. Tea drinking is too much, but ejection from the game for excessive fouls is totally the height of sportsmanship and graciousness.

    The hurt feelings and hypocrisy is strong from the Lionesses fans.

    • Becks1 says:

      Yes, thank you. Alex Morgan made one low-key celebration that is somehow the epitome of the “ugly American” and the “opposite of classy.” Meanwhile……

    • Cirien says:

      Is this in reference to the Cameroon game? Where you know a player was elbowed in the face, another lioness was ( accidentally mind you) spat on, and Steph Houghton could have had a career ending injury?

      And the Cameroon players delaying the restart of the game at near the of the first half?

      Because that behaviour was appalling and should have been called out. And lol if you seriously think we’re complaining about this as much as Piers Morgan, no one really cares.

  20. TheMummy says:

    I’m a middle school teacher and the new hip saying is some variation of “that’s the tea.” Meaning awesome, “the” thing, etc. As in “my presentation is going to be the tea!” Or “That was some sweet tea.” That’s what this is. My god, people are actually reading this as mocking the English because they like tea?!? On Twitter I even saw people dragging her for “pretending to smoke a joint.” She’s literally using tea to say something is awesome. Seems like people would know that. I hear sayings with “tea” in them allll day long. My kids even made a meme for me at the end of the year that says, “Mrs. M always brings the TEA! Best teacher evar!”

    • Lady D says:

      If she’s from your area she’s using the word tea in that way. I’ve never heard of anything awesome being called ‘the tea’ but I’m in Canada. If anything, ‘sick’ was used in place of tea around here.

      • TheMummy says:

        Sick was used here for a long time, but years ago. When my kids were in high school that was the thing (they graduated in 2014). It could just be my area, I suppose, but I think that’s just popular slang in the US right now. Slang and idioms are less regional than they used to be due to social media having made the world smaller. At any rate, my kids are 22 and say things are “the tea” all the time just like my middle school students. I’m in Boston. My relatives in North Carolina say it too. That’s 2000 miles away from this region. Either way, it’s interesting how many assumptions have been made on the whole thing…and how few questions have actually been asked to try to figure it out.

      • CairinaCat says:

        It’s said it the US. And it’s on Snapchat, Instagram, fb , YouTube. I hear it in California all the time . Perhaps your just old and very out of date.
        Sick has been out forever

      • Lady D says:

        Well ain’t you charming.

  21. Jess says:

    Most of these comments are so annoying. The tea thing was done after she scored her goal not at the end of the game. It provided an excellent photo op which is great because sports are for entertainment!!!

    Glad the ladies are getting so much attention. I really want a Morgan jersey but it’s $120 USD.

    • Becks1 says:

      I ordered a Lloyd jersey last week. It was 50 dollars, and not cut well at all. (like, the shoulders were awful.) I had to return it and I was so mad. Oh well, my son wears his Morgan jersey with pride.

  22. Michelle says:

    I agree with another commenter about being told to ‘act like you’ve been here’ but I agree the tea-sipping gesture is minor whether it was meant for the British only or for the Kermit the Frog meme. Either way, karma can be a bitch so if they end up losing, they will need to be able to put up with the teasing they might get.

  23. Tessycat says:

    Something is or isn’t one’s cup of tea. Perhaps scoring a goal that was her cup of tea. Big whoop. Settle down, Francis.

  24. NWRose says:

    Whether the gesture was mocking or not, USA won and that’s all I cared about. On to the final!

  25. sammiches says:

    The outrage is really weird. Is this not what we, the world outside of the USA, have come to expect from American athletes on the world stage? It’s nothing new.

  26. fabulousfunsteru says:

    Brit here – not offended at all with the tea thing, was too busy being blown away by her magestic, graceful goal.

    England only a small country and women’s football hasn’t been taken seriously here until quite quite recently. Our girls weren’t as fit and athletic as yours.

    The fact that we made it to the semi’s and scored 2 goals (even if one was disallowed) against the world’s number 1 team is enough for me. We weren’t pushovers by any means.

    Watch out USA we’ll get ya next time…

  27. Selena says:

    There is a cultural difference between Americans and the British (and a lot of the rest of the world). A celebration of winning, scoring a goal, whatever, is reasonable. What is not seen as reasonable is rubbing the opposing team’s nose in it. You celebrate for yourself or for your team, you do not celebrate the opposition’s loss or failure to block your winning. That is seen as unsportsmanlike.

    The miming of tea drinking, with a pinky finger raised, was, of course, an insult. It was intimating that the British team were too pretentious and effeminate and unwilling/unable to REALLY play the game. Perhaps if the British team had blown out their cheeks and waddled around as if the Americans were too fat to play the game effectively when they scored a goal, Americans may understand the insult. It was simply bad sportsmanship, that’s all. The same as the way in which they celebrated every goal against Thailand, it was just hubris.

    Women’s soccer and cricket has always been a place that sportsmanship plays a big part in the game. That’s one of the reasons that it has always been a joy to watch. The American Women’s Soccer team and Americans generally don’t seem to understand that.

    • Canber says:

      Remind me, what’s the obesity rate in Britain?

      • Kendra says:

        Canber, that’s about stereotypes not stats. British don’t actually drink as much tea as people think for one.

    • stormsmama says:

      @serena
      Nope you are wrong
      stop trying to take away from what it was
      to make it what it wasn’t
      *hint*
      It was NOT about you

  28. Dee Lynch says:

    After being called arrogant because they sent staff to find accommodations in case they won (planning ahead is arrogance?) , they can sip all the tea they want. Everybody celebrates wins in sports, but women aren’t supposed to act like the “real ‘ athletes. “Be ladylike” (eye roll).

    • Selena says:

      Women’s football and cricket has always been a joy to watch because sportsmanlike behaviour was at the forefront. We don’t have to behave like men. We can be different.

  29. CairinaCat says:

    England got a bunch of yellow and a red card.
    You’re right getting ejected for excessive fouls is very good sportsman like

  30. leena says:

    For those saying the England team got multiple yellows and reds during the match, the actual stats show they got two yellows then a second yellow making it one red. The US team got two yellows, so therefore only one yellow less.

    At least we won on cards! :lol:

  31. JanetFerber says:

    She was cheeky, not rude. As a prior poster said, the Brits hadn’t lost yet when she made that move. Americans can be irreverent and it’s not disrespect. Disrespectful is when we sent our bloated man-baby dictator to Buckingham Palace.