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U.S. Women’s National Football Team are world champions

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Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013 12:00 am

Congratulations to the U.S. Women’s National Football Team, which won its second world championship with a 64-0 win over Team Canada on the Saturday after the Fourth of July.

This year’s world championship is important because in pool play, Germany became the first country ever to score against the Americans; one first quarter touchdown, however, was not enough to forestall the U.S. juggernaut this time, as Team USA won that matchup 107-7 (no, that is NOT a typo) on the Fourth of July.

In any sports story, the athletes are the ones who make the story, and the 2013 USWNFT is no different. Sacramento Siren Holly Peterson, the “Queen of the Option,” shifted out of her normal quarterback/running back positioning to play wide receiver on the National Team, and made the tournament all-star team. Mia Brickhouse, an assistant commissioner with the West Coast Conference (which Stockton’s own University of the Pacific just joined), scored several touchdowns.

And the tournament MVP was multi-talented quarterback Sami Grisafe of the Chicago Force, who also sang our National Anthem at the Gold Medal Game and did a masterful job on “Rollin’ on the River” in a Youtube video posted to Facebook during the tournament. Grisafe, with one of the best QB ratings in the history of football, is retiring after this season to focus on her budding music career.

This is a great group of people. If you’re interested in watching women’s football locally, check out the Sacramento Sirens next spring. The next world championship will be held in 2017, and I hope we can get it in the Grape Bowl.

Casey Orndorf

Lodi

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