Editor’s Note: There will be no Good News Friday post this week, as me and the fam are headed upstate for the wedding of my wife’s best friend on Independence Day. Hope you all have a safe and happy rest of your week!
I don’t know about you, but I’m swept up in U.S. Women’s National Team fever. I’m thinking of dyeing my hair pink like Megan Rapinoe, I’m trying to learn the names of the rest of the team (I like Samantha Mewis because her last name sounds like “Lewis”) and I’ve been wondering how in the world Alex Morgan got to be so good at soccer.
Oh, and I’ve also enjoyed very much our idiot President taking shots at Rapinoe, this year’s breakout star, after she said she would “never fucking go” to the White House.
And I thoroughly enjoyed this wildly entertaining, totally wacko all-over-the-place piece of writing by Rapinoe’s girlfriend, WNBA star Sue Bird, in The Player’s Tribune today. An excerpt of Bird’s crazy-good “essay” entitled “So the President F*cking Hates my Girlfriend.”
(3) O.K. so now that that’s out of the way, I’ll answer The Question. The one that’s probably most on your mind. And by that I mean: What’s it like to have the literal President of the literal United States (of literal America) go Full Adolescent Boy on your girlfriend? Hmm. Well… it’s WEIRD. And I’d say I actually had a pretty standard reaction to it: which was to freak out a little.
That’s one thing that you kind of have to know about me and Megan: our politics are similar — after we won the WNBA title in Seattle last season, no way were we going to the (f*cking) White House! — but our dispositions are not. And as we’ve been talking through a lot of this “stuff,” as it’s been happening to her, you know, I’ll be honest here….. some of it scares the sh*t out of me!!
I mean, some of it is kind of funny….. but like in a REALLY? REALLY? THIS GUY??? kind of way. Like, dude — there’s nothing better demanding your attention?? It would be ridiculous to the point of laughter, if it wasn’t so gross.
Anyway, I’m about the Women’s World Cup, and Tuesday was just perfect symmetry in the tournament, as two days before the Fourth of July the original 13 colonies (plus 37 states) played England in the semifinals.
And just like in the Revolutionary War, we beat those bastards from across the ocean, 2-1, after a controversial offsides call on video replay overturned a tying England goal.
My favorite part was Morgan’s celebration after her goal that made it 2-1, U.S.A. (see above), with the 30-year-old star simulating drinking tea, paying homage to the beverage that started that whole Revolutionary War in the first place.
Now Team USA plays in the final Sunday against either the Netherlands or Sweden, two countries we never had a war with but hey, I’m sure we’ll come up with some reason to hate them by Sunday.
**Next up, to honor Independence Day, how about the sweet, sultry voice of the late great Mr. Ray Charles, singing “America the Beautiful,” to remind us of all the wonderful things we love about this country.
Take it away, Ray…
**And finally today, happy news for people like my wife who can’t live without their daily cup (or several cups) of coffee.
New research indicates that a cup of coffee, or three, could help you lose weight. A new study out Monday morning in the journal Scientific Reports finds coffee can stimulate “brown fat” — the fat in your body that keeps you warm by burning calories.
The study shows that a cup of coffee or caffeine can actually stimulate brown fat to make heat. “We all have that warm feeling after we drink a cup of coffee, because we’re stimulating that brown fat,” said CBS News medical correspondent Dr. David Argus. “It’s important and interesting that we actually know the mechanism now.
“The goal is to stimulate brown fat. Exercise stimulates brown fat. Good sleep stimulates brown fat. And now we know caffeine or coffee can do the same.”
So there you go, drink as much coffee as you like, and make the pounds melt away! What could be a more American ideal than that?