Wednesday, November 11, 2009

My advice to Elizabeth Lambert: you're playing the wrong sport

You've probably by now seen the footage of University of New Mexico soccer player Elizabeth Lambert. In a recent match, television cameras caught her pulling an opponent down by her pony tail, as well as punching, shoving and tripping members of the other team.

The New York Times has a fine story today questioning whether Lambert is being unfairly singled out because, well, she's a girl and girls are not supposed to behave in such ways. The story points out that -- not surprisingly -- that women can be quite competitive and Lambert hardly owns the distinction for unruly behavior between the lines.

The response to Lambert’s behavior has been as varied as it has been widespread. Several Facebook pages are devoted to the incident. One page is “Ban Elizabeth Lambert from college soccer,” and features comments like, “This is not sports play, this is assault.” A second page is “Go Elizabeth Lambert” and urges, “If the offense doesn’t fear you, you’re not doing your job.” A third page, “Free Elizabeth Lambert,” refers to her as a “sexy butcher.”
After reviewing the footage, me thinks Lambert may want to consider transitioning to ice hockey. Not that ice hockey condones unsportsmanlike behavior -- at least outside the NHL -- but Lamberg may enjoy the increased speed and smaller playing surface, both of which contribute to more violent collisions.

--Steve Hymon

1 comment:

  1. Elizabeth Lambert is a junior at the University of New Mexico, and plays for their soccer team the Lobos originally from California (too bad for California). So, this loser knows they are going in to a game that they will most likely lose and since they do not have the talent to score they resort to this kind of play, it has very minor thought to it than let’s say passisng the ball through your opponents defense and scoring a goal.

    The other issue is the where were the referees, were they all older white men with their tongues out, enamored and unable to call the game objectively (this game had so many penalties that did not get called), I mean what are they getting paid to do. Who has paid these guys off? Do we have to change the game where only women referees can call women games. After watching the video someone was paid off, that is my conclusion.

    And Lizzy, watch you back and please stay out of soccer (you real should be banned, the game does not need people like you in it), so many will be gunning for you now. Who knows maybe you were just drumming up business for your “Occupational Therapy practice”, yah good luck with that, I doubt your bed side manner is any different from your sportsmanship.