I actually read this last week (yesterday). And, it's almost a year old.
But, so what?
It is still great and jogged my mind to a time more than a decade ago when I was a full-time sports journalists and covered the Washington Huskies.
My main beat was covering the football team -- which was unquestionably the worst Pac-10 team over the years I covered it. (Now, that doesn't matter at all. What does? The amazing people I covered, telling their stories, the memories made on road trips.)
But, I remember this game. I never saw it. I remember being with a handful of former players, and texting, and saying, "Oh my God, is the game still going?" and checking in with other friends for updates. I remember thinking that Danielle's arm was going to fall off.
Reading this was a walk down a hallway with old photos hanging on the wall. And it was a blast.
I've rooted for Heather Tarr and the Huskies since leaving Seattle. She overcame early doubts and skepticism. She let go one of her friends. And she has proven to be a legendary softball coach who, by all accounts, had done it the right way. Without condescension, I'm incredibly proud of her.
There isn't much more fun than a well done oral history and Graham Hays hits this one over the park... and beyond Amanda Fleischman's glove. It's the best thing I read this week.
2019 FIFA Women's World Cup: Media, Fandom, and Soccer's Biggest Stage is available online from Palgrave Macmillan. (Hardback available in September 2021.)
Molly Yanity, Ph.D.