Eric Adelson

  • Greg Hardy's suspension reduction to deflate-gate level isn't reason to be disheartened

    Eric Adelson at Shutdown Corner 17 days ago

    Greg Hardy's suspension was reduced on Friday from 10 games to four, which would mean both he and Tom Brady will begin their seasons by sitting out for the same amount of time.

    This feels like a tremendous injustice, for obvious reasons. Brady's "crime" was largely victimless, hurting only a few peoples' feelings, and it didn't affect the outcome of the game in question. Hardy, if the allegations against him are true, could have killed someone.

    Yet it's important to look at a longer-term perspective of the Hardy situation. Less than a year ago, when he was an employee of the Carolina Panthers, Hardy was found guilty by a North Carolina judge of assaulting his then girlfriend Nicole Holder. She had accused him of flinging her from a bed, throwing her in a bathtub, tossing her down on a futon full of assault rifles, and threatening to kill her. Despite the judge's decision, Hardy played in the Panthers' 2014 season opener in Tampa.

    After a year of enhanced attention to domestic violence, fewer are turning away.

  • National Women's Soccer League set to capitalize on U.S.'s World Cup title

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 18 days ago

    Jeff Plush became a victim of his own dream come true.

    On Sunday, before the start of the Women's World Cup final between the United States and Japan, the National Women's Soccer League commissioner dropped off his two daughters in Chicago's Lincoln Park so they could find a place to watch the match while he parked. The problem was there were so many people there that he couldn't find a spot for his car.

    By the time he arrived at the viewing party, Carli Lloyd had already scored two goals. He missed a chunk of the history he hoped his NWSL players playing for the U.S. would create.

    [Katie Couric: Carli Lloyd responds to sportswriter's sexist tweet]

    "It was very frustrating," Plush said by phone on Wednesday. "I'm going to have to admit it to Carli when I see her."

    Plush said "north of a dozen" potential ownership groups have called in the last several days. That's somewhat remarkable considering the NWSL only has nine teams.

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  • THE photo of the Women's World Cup was taken by foot

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 20 days ago

    He took the most iconic photo of one of the most memorable goals in World Cup soccer history, and he had no idea until after the match was over.

    Perhaps you've seen the shot of the shot by now: Japan goalie Ayumi Kaihori lying on her back, watching helplessly as Carli Lloyd's bomb from midfield bounces off the post and into the net for the third goal in her historic hat trick in Sunday's World Cup final. It's an incredible photo: the ball in the middle, framed by the net, with Kaihori down and American players and fans in the distance watching the moment unfold. One instant tells the story of the play and the entire day.

    [ThePostGame: U.S. women's soccer needs more diversity]

    He knew when Lloyd put her foot into that shot at the 16-minute mark that he witnessed a big moment, but he had no idea what his own foot had produced.

     

  • Carli Lloyd's goal for the ages defined USWNT's championship belief

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 22 days ago

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    VANCOUVER, British Columbia – She knew.

    Carli Lloyd laid a cleat into a ball at midfield only 16 minutes into Sunday's World Cup final, and she knew where it would end up when she saw the shot in flight.

    "I kinda did, yeah," the United States star midfielder said.

    [Eric Adelson: Carli Lloyd leads U.S. to first World Cup title in 16 years]

    The laser from 54 yards out arced high into the smoky air here in B.C. Place, glanced off the outstretched glove of Japan goalkeeper  Ayumi Kaihori and bounced off the post and into the net behind her. Lloyd had just authored one of the most memorable goals in American soccer history. It was the third goal of the first hat trick ever scored in a World Cup final, delivered in less time than it took most fans to walk from FanHQ to the stadium earlier in the day.

    [FC Yahoo: Women's World Cup's winners and losers]

     

    Now the world knows, too.

  • Carli Lloyd leads U.S. to Women's World Cup title in 5-2 win over Japan

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 22 days ago

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The history of soccer in America will not be written without this name: Carli Lloyd.

    [FC Yahoo: A perfectly unpredictable ending to U.S.'s confounding World Cup]

    The United States star midfielder scored three times in the first half to vault the Americans to their third Women's World Cup title on Sunday with a 5-2 victory over Japan at B.C. Place. Lloyd scored from close, she scored from far and she scored a place in U.S. sports lore for a team that came together beautifully to vanquish all comers and now will stand aside the 1999 team as most cherished ever by a still-growing soccer nation.

    [FC Yahoo: Women's World Cup's winners and losers]

    The theme of the team has been "She believes" and Lloyd made everyone believe within the first five minutes of the match, redirecting a shot from Megan Rapinoe at three minutes and then knocking in a second goal two minutes later.

  • The one World Cup question left about the U.S. women's national team

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 22 days ago

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia – This time is different.

    That's the vow from the United States women's national team, four years after World Cup heartbreak in Germany.

    "This team is different," Abby Wambach said on Friday. "There's an air of confidence."

    [FC Yahoo: These U.S. players should want World Cup revenge the most against Japan]

    There is an air of confidence, yes. It's palpable. The team is beaming, having to rein itself in from the anticipation of potentially overshadowing the 2011 World Cup loss and standing beside the "99ers" who won it all 16 years ago. This American side knows it is good enough to win, good enough to be a champion.

    [Women's World Cup: Latest news | Scores and Schedule | Group standings]

    "What's important," she said, "is to score first."

  • Reduced role doesn't stop Wambach from being USA's inspirational leader

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 24 days ago

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Kelley O'Hara has gone through what could be called The Abby Wambach Bench Experience.

    The two sit at the end of the bench together during matches – the joke is they are cordoned off down there because they're both so vociferous – and it got so tense during the United States' semifinal victory over Germany that Wambach grabbed O'Hara's arm. Very tightly.

    "Abby," O'Hara said, "do not injure me."

    It hasn't been the easiest of Women's World Cups for Wambach, who arrived as the biggest name on the team (save perhaps Alex Morgan) and was relegated to the bench as the offense found its rhythm. She doesn't mind the lack of playing time so much as having to watch the fate of her biggest soccer dream playing out right in front of her. On Friday, she called her spectator role "nerve-wracking" and "brutal."

    "It has taken years off my life," Wambach said to chuckles from the press.

    It has been a lesson to her – to her teammates and to young soccer players – on how to step back with grace and leadership.

    In a way, she has responded to those moments more off the field than on it.

  • Security at Women's World Cup not like it was for the men's tournament

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 25 days ago

    MONTREAL – For American fans, the Women's World Cup has been a fabulous tournament: hospitable cities, drivable distances from the U.S., mild summer weather, and a string of wins for the U.S. It's easy to notice how comfortable the entire event has been.

    But is it too comfortable? Security at the venues has been less stringent than anything fans will encounter at an NFL stadium, and certainly more relaxed than at the men's World Cup or at the Olympics.

    "Pretty easy," said John Weaver of West Lafayette, Indiana, who was in Ottawa for the U.S. quarterfinal match against China. "Slipped right through. We didn't have anything checked."

    There was a bag check at the Ottawa venue, but fans weren't ushered through metal detectors, and the use of the electronic wand has been intermittent.

    "This would be a bad situation for terrorism," Weaver said.

    Gerstenecker said if this was a men's World Cup, the protocol would be "full mag, full bag," meaning every single fan would be wanded and every single bag would be checked, whereas in the women's event, the wand use is based on an undisclosed random system of choosing who to flag.

  • Jill Ellis deserves credit for U.S. run to World Cup final, but how much?

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 25 days ago

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Becky Sauerbrunn got off the cross-country flight on Wednesday, tired but energized by the United States' semifinal upset of Germany on Tuesday. She smiled into a gaggle of cameras and was asked about the pregame speeches of head coach Jill Ellis.

    [Yahoo Sports Radio: Carli Lloyd on growing support for U.S. women's soccer]

    "They're really inspirational," she said. "She's really pumped up before every game."

    That is quite the departure from the Ellis we have come to know over the last few weeks at the Women's World Cup. Her press conferences are reserved, with just a trace of sardonic humor. Maybe she'll offer a wink and a smirk if sharing a joke. Mostly she returns barbs with shrugs. Last Friday, when asked by a German reporter about a "terrible" call that benefited her U.S. side, Ellis stared out into the crowd and said flatly, "Between the 18s, we're a very good team."

    It turns out that Ellis had more in her arsenal than a few bland quotes. She had speeches, she had wisdom and she had an 11th-hour surprise that may have put her team over the top.

  • Julie Johnston's wonderful World Cup nearly ruined by defensive mistake

    Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 27 days ago

    MONTREAL – Long after it happened, it looked like Julie Johnston wanted to cry all over again.

    She walked into the media area after the United States' 2-0 semifinal win against Germany and faced the reporters' questions she knew she would get – about the mistake that could have led to her team's ouster from the Women's World Cup.

    [FC Yahoo: Questionable calls go USA's way in semifinal win over Germany]

    "Definitely emotional," she said, offering a smile. "Definitely screwed up. Definitely apologetic."

    [Women's World Cup: Latest news | Scores and Schedule | Group standings]

    Johnston said she was so upset that she was "trying to breathe."